Opera is different In the City Different.
Even if you’re not an opera maven, the experience of The Santa Fe Opera is one of the best you can have in Santa Fe, and on par with the world’s finest! This festival is grand and the program is adventurous, from the rich music of Carmen (this is not the Carmen you thought you knew), to the great Italian comic opera Don Pasquale, to the debut of Fidelio (an opera that has something no other opera has: Beethoven). The stars of these operas come from the Met, Lyric of Chicago, and other stellar international opera houses. The amazing theater is a gem in the mountains, where you are invited to make it a personal event by partaking in a tailgate dinner party while watching the fabulous sunsets before the opera starts or enjoying a pre-performance buffet dinner with wine and an introductory talk about the performance. Indeed, The Santa Fe Opera is everyone’s opera and renowned throughout the world. And to its credit, The Santa Fe Opera offers access to a range of diverse audience members, many of whom are first-time opera-goers. It is truly a world-class destination!
What will you wear? There is a wide-spectrum of acceptable dress in Santa Fe, the “City Different” – from tux and gowns to casual southwestern and sport coats to jeans. As you drive up the mesa cradling the spectacular opera theater, the altitude increases and so do the New Mexico mountain vistas. Soon you will see not only the valley you just rose from, but the valley and the mountains surrounding the theater. Roll out the table and the goods for your tailgate party and feel like royalty! It’s an opulent picnic as the wines flow and the sun sets. It will seem like the opera company choreographed the sun to set at that perfect pause between the parking lot tailgate scene and pilgrimage to the theater.
The opera begins. The costumes take you to the era of the story. The sets are amazing and the music and the voices are powerful. This is the epitome of pageantry and showmanship as the compelling story unfolds. And, every seat and standing-room space in the theater has its own personal screen translating from the language of the opera into English or Spanish.
The Santa Fe Opera continues to be on the “must see” list for travelers. Founded in 1957, its unique location and setting, an intimate 2200-plus seat open-air theater nestled in the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is unlike any other. Truly, if you have yet to experience The Santa Fe Opera, anticipate one of the most memorable and unique evenings ever!
301 Opera Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87506