Blogs by Craig Smith

Craig Smith answered an ad for singers for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s first season way back when – OK, 1983 – and has been here happily ever since. He is a writer, editor, journalist, arts critic, general wordsmith, and wannabe polymath.

Topic: Critical Faculties

I came to Santa Fe in 1983 to sing in the first season of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and fell in love with northern New Mexico. In no time to speak of, I quit a doctoral program in my hometown of Kansas City, Mo., shipped my books here, and embarked on a love affair for life with this place. Lucky me! Since then, I’ve worked for nonprofit organizations in various roles; as a freelance writer for a variety of publications; as an arts lecturer and pundit; and for 20 years, as a reporter and arts critic for The New Mexican’s arts magazine, Pasatiempo. I also love writing obituaries: get your request in

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August 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Santa Fe Opera Review: ‘King Roger’

" 'Roger' explores the ages-old conflict between head and heart , a/k/a Apollonian restraint versus Dionysian abandon"

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July 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Santa Fe Opera Review: ‘Maometto II’

"The July 18 performance I attended, the second, was ravishing musically and vivid dramatically"

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July 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Santa Fe Opera Performance Review

Santa Fe Opera Review: ‘Tosca’

"Tosca should not project the attitude of an earnest shopper trying to decide between asparagus and arugula"

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July 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Santa Fe Opera Review: ‘The Pearl Fishers’

" 'Pearl Fishers' has shown its metal and mettle, and both are strong, true, tender and tuneful"

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May 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Not Business as Usual: The Santa Fe Opera’s 2013 Season

"The Santa Fe Opera’s 13th season is in the air, and it has a rather unfamiliar and welcome ring."

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April 25, 2012 at 1:02 PM

A Philadelphia Story

"A night of exquisite conducting, top-drawer costumes, passion and punch..."

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April 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

An Illuminating, Heartbreaking “Our Town”

"Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town' is unusually good at the Santa Fe Playhouse..."

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April 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Axel Nissen Pays Tribute to Some Grand Old Dames

“Hey, isn’t that good-ol’-what’s-her-name?”