Santa Fe Opera music director resigns abruptly

Posted on: August 29, 2012

Tuesday (8/28) on the Santa Fe New Mexican website, James M. Keller reports, “Santa Fe Opera announced Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, that Frédéric Chaslin, the company’s chief conductor, has resigned his position. Chaslin’s departure did not appear to have been anticipated. Joyce Idema, Santa Fe Opera’s director of press and public relations, told The New Mexican that Chaslin informed the company of his decision shortly after the summer opera season ended on August 25, and that he has now returned to his home in Paris. … The company’s general director, Charles MacKay, issued a brief statement: ‘On behalf of the entire company I wish to thank Maestro Chaslin for his enormous musical contribution during the past two seasons. We regret his departure and wish him the very best.’ Chaslin was named to his post in May 2010, an appointment that was met with some surprise since he was little known in American musical circles. … His work has been applauded by audiences and critics. … The company said it will embark on a search for his successor this fall.”

Posted August 29, 2012