Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Conductor's Dream Put Opera In Santa Fe.(Editorial Page)


Today is the last day the Santa Fe Opera will be under the leadership of John Crosby, the only general director it has known since its birth in the mid-'50s.

Crosby is a reserved man who publicly has remained a wallflower as his creation blossomed from a summer music festival way off the beaten path into an internationally respected opera company.

Now 74, Crosby is retiring. He will be replaced by Richard Gaddes, a Crosby protege.

Gaddes joined the Santa Fe Opera in 1969 as artistic administrator and left in 1976 to establish The Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He returned in 1994. Gaddes says he intends to increase attendance by New Mexicans by offering low-cost shuttle service from Albuquerque and staging apprentice concerts throughout the state. …

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