This opera house is a remarkable adobe structure nestled in the mountains just north of Santa Fe, with majestic views of New Mexico landscape providing a dramatic and memorable setting. The world's most talented young singers, conductors, directors and designers are invited to participate in what is considered one of the most prestigious opera festivals around.
I recommend arriving early for two reasons. First of all, the scenery is not to be missed, and many people choose to tailgate (some make this a formal affair, with fine china, crystal, candles and very elaborate cuisine) so as to enjoy the surroundings by daylight. Enhance your opera experience by attending one of the Prelude Talks, given twice before most performances. These informative talks are free for ticket-holders and are given both two hours before the performance and one hour prior. Consider attending the earlier of the two Prelude Talks, then having your tailgate dinner, and then off to your night at the opera.
My parking tip is to park close to the exit, if you are able to walk the distance with ease. Otherwise you are stuck in a very long line of traffic easing its way back onto the highway.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 505.986.5900 or 800.280.4654 or online at santafeopera.org. There is a wealth of information online, including schedule, pricing and seating.
2012 SANTA FE OPERA SEASON
*Tosca: At 8:30 p.m. June 29 and July 4, 7, 13 and 20 and at 8:30 p.m. July 30, Aug. 8, 11, 15, 18, 21 and 24.
*The Pearl Fishers: At 8:30 p.m. June 30, July 6 and 11 and at 8 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 10, 13, 22 and 25.
*Maometto II: At 8:30 p.m. July 14, 18 and 27 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 7 and 16
*King Roger: At 8:30 p.m. July 21 and 25 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 9 and 14
*Arabella: At 8:30 p.m. July 28 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 6, 17 and 23