charles mackay


V.18 No.30 | 7/23/2009
Charles MacKay, Santa Fe Opera general director
Ken Howard

Arts Interview

The Return of the Native

An interview with Charles MacKay, General Director of the Santa Fe Opera

John Crosby, the founder of the Santa Fe Opera (SFO), was a bona fide visionary. The SFO was—and, in many ways, still is—his wailing baby. His brilliant idea to construct an open-air opera house in the middle of the desert Southwest has had a profound and lasting impact on New Mexico’s image of itself. Yes, we live in the sticks, but we can always point to that funky spaceship opera house on the hill as proof of the existence of hoity culture in New Mexico.

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