Chaslin leaves Santa Fe Opera after two seasons

August 29, 2012

Frederic Chaslin

Frederic Chaslin is departing Santa Fe Opera after just two seasons as chief conductor, citing increased duties as music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and a desire to devote more time to composing.

“On behalf of the entire company I wish to thank Maestro Chaslin for his enormous musical contribution during the past two seasons,” said general director Charles MacKay in a statement.  “We regret his departure and wish him the very best.”

After an acclaimed debut leading La Traviata performances with Natalie Dessay in 2009, Chaslin was appointed chief conductor the following season. This past summer, he received largely positive reviews for his conducting of Puccini’s Tosca and Rossini’s Maometto II.

A search for a new conductor will begin in the fall.

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