Photo by Curtis Brown


The Marriage of Figaro

Santa Fe Opera

This was the first of the four operas we did for the Santa Fe Opera. What made this special is that we simulcast every performance of the 2021 season! I’m pretty sure that this was a first. It was a challenge. Nine cameras, a great crew and a wonderful opera company made this summer extremely rewarding. I applaud the Santa Fe Opera for this righteous undertaking.

“While the past year presented countless challenges for the Santa Fe Opera, it also inspired the company’s leadership to explore new avenues for bringing opera to its communities. The Santa Fe Opera is thrilled to present nightly simulcasts of every performance on 300 square-foot, state-of-the-art LED walls in its scenic lower parking lot, with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Each simulcast is supported by newly laid fiber optic cabling, 4K HD robotic cameras, new area mics placed around the stage and orchestra pit, an audio engineer live mixing each performance and veteran simulcast director Bruce Bryant accompanied by production company Staging Solutions.

We invite you to lay out your finest spread and enjoy the performance from the safety and convenience of your tailgate picnic in true Santa Fe Opera style.”—Santa Fe Opera

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Feldman’s role in mounting this “Marriage of Figaro” production, however, was without precedent. Realizing another director’s production, who is eight time zones away and actively participating in the process, adds many levels of complexity. That the effort worked so well has to be one of the operatic success stories of 2021.

I enthusiastically recommend the production, cast and musical performance of “The Marriage of Figaro” to the veteran opera-goer and to persons new to opera.