SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe Opera chief conductor Frederic Chaslin has resigned and opera officials say a search for his successor will start in the fall.
Opera General Director Charles Mackay said Tuesday that Chaslin was leaving because he wants to focus on composing, and has a busy schedule of concerts and a recording project as music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
The opera has finished this year's season.
Chaslin, who also is a pianist, was named chief conductor in 2010 and debuted with the opera in 2009 with a production of Verdi's "La Traviata." He was born and lives in Paris.
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