Every July and August since 1957, opera lovers have been drawn to the magnificent northern New Mexico mountains to enjoy productions by one of America’s premier summer opera festivals. Here, The Santa Fe Opera’s dramatic adobe theater blends harmoniously with the high desert landscape. It is this fusion of nature and art that leaves such an enduring impression on all who come. More than half the audience of 85,000 comes from outside New Mexico, representing every state in the union as well as 25 to 30 foreign countries.
More than 1,600 performances of nearly 140 different operas have been given here, including nine world premieres and 40 American premieres, among them Lulu, The Cunning Little Vixen, Capriccio, and Daphne. Recent premieres include the world premiere of Madame Mao, commissioned from Bright Sheng, in 2003, the premiere of the revised version of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, in 2005, the American premiere of Thomas Ades’s The Tempest, in 2006, and the American premiere of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul in 2007. The 2008 season included the American premiere of Adriana Mater by Kaija Saariaho, whose L’amour de loin received its American premiere here in 2002. In 2009, the world premiere of The Letter by Paul Moravec was performed here.
The Santa Fe Opera has a wide array of education and community outreach programs to make opera accessible and appealing to a broad spectrum of the New Mexico population. One, the unique Pueblo Opera Program, serves Native American youth from nineteen pueblos and three reservations in the state. The theater itself features ‘Opera Titles’ –- a small screen in front of every seat, which allows patrons to follow the stage action in either English or Spanish. The Santa Fe Opera has become one of New Mexico’s cultural and economic leaders. Its reputation attracts thousands of patrons each year, and its impact on the New Mexico’s economy has been calculated at more than $200 million each year.
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Family Nights – Modestly priced tickets for mainstage productions allow families to introduce their youngsters to complete opera performances. Dates and prices to be announced.
Apprentice Scenes – Scenes from the operatic repertory showcasing the remarkable talent of apprentice singers and technicians have become increasingly popular. They take place on two consecutive Sunday evenings, August 10 and 17 at 8:00 P.M.
Rush Tickets – Available to students and senior citizens 48 hours in advance of a performance at half price. They must be ordered by telephone or in person. IDs are required.
2014 Tickets – Are available now by telephone 505 986 5900, toll free 800 280 4654, and in person. Online sales begin in October.