Erin Wall as Daphne, Santa Fe Opera, photo by Ken Howard © 2007
Into the Woods (Out West Arts, August 9)
Scott Cantrell, Santa Fe production of Strauss' 'Daphne' a garden of delights (Dallas Morning News, August 4)
Scott Cantrell, 'Daphne' soprano Erin Wall hopes for more Strauss operas (Dallas Morning News, August 4)
Alicia Solomon, 'Daphne' showcases strong singers (Los Alamos Monitor, July 19)
John Stege, Up Against the Wall (Santa Fe Reporter, July 18)
Craig Smith, Musical high points but some directorial lows in 'Daphne' (Santa Fe New Mexican, July 15)
Daphne’s calls for help to her friends and brothers in nature are met with Apollo’s opportunistic reply that he is of nature as the god of light. Though true, the aggressive, god-like motif given to Apollo by Strauss contrasts greatly to that of the gentle opening theme portraying nature, although they both comprise eight notes and are similar in rhythmical construction of two notes, triplet, and tail. Apollo then asks forgiveness from Dionysius for killing Leukippos and ruining his feast, and Zeus, for intruding on his creation, Earth.
Meredith Arwady, Matthew Best, and male chorus, Daphne, Santa Fe Opera, photo by Ken Howard © 2007
A regional connection to the profound worship of nature found in Daphne may be found in the Taos Pueblo’s 64-year legal battle against the government for 48,000 acres of mountain land taken in 1906 to become part of the National Forest system. The Native American tribe finally won the suit in 1970 on religious grounds due to the importance of Blue Lake, a site of sacred importance to religious rites that off-limits to non-members.
Erin Wall surrounded by Bacchic dancers, Daphne, Santa Fe Opera, photo by Ken Howard © 2007
Tickets appear to be available for the final two performances of Daphne on August 8 and 17.