SANTA FE, N.M. — Craig Smith’s welcome new book “A Vision of Voices” is a revealing biography of John O’Hea Crosby.
Crosby was the founder of the Santa Fe Opera that opened its doors in 1957. Under his guidance, it would quickly become, and remain, an internationally famous summer festival.
“It was the right location, it was the right time, and John Crosby was the right person to fit that operatic part into the Santa Fe equation,” Smith said in an interview. “We already had a folk-art tradition, Pueblo traditions. There was a literary and a visual art tradition, but not that much classical music. There was some, but nothing like an opera festival.”
The opera house’s presence has expanded Santa Fe as a magnet for cultural tourism.