Opera review: ëCarmení opens season with passion, high drama

BY Craig Smith [The New Mexican, 2 July 2006]
The Santa Fe Operaís 50th-anniversary season opened Friday with musically lustrous, dramatically vivid reading of Bizetís Carmen under the combined hands of SFO music director Alan Gilbert and director Lars Rudolfsson, and with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter making her company debut in the title role. It was as far from the Spanish travelogue type of production as you could get.