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5 Reasons to Visit the Santa Fe Opera this Summer

The Santa Fe Opera is a world-renowned opera company that attracts visitors from around the globe. Founded in 1957, the opera has been entertaining audiences for decades with its stunning productions and beautiful outdoor setting. Rich history, breathtaking scenery, and exceptional talent combine to create an artistic experience. Here are 5 reasons to visit the Santa Fe Opera this summer.

#1 World-Class Performances

The Santa Fe Opera is renowned for producing exceptional operatic productions that showcase the best in vocal talent, orchestral music, and stage design. One of the highlights of the Opera season is the diverse range of works performed, from classic operas such as “La Bohème” and “Carmen,” to lesser-known works like “Dead Man Walking” and “Doubt.” In addition to traditional opera, the Santa Fe Opera also offers a variety of concerts, recitals, and special events throughout the year.

#2 Unique Setting

The Santa Fe Opera is housed in a stunning, open-air theater that is set against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and under the starry skies during nighttime performances. The theater, with its signature white roof, seats 2,100 people and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Santa Fe. The unique architecture and natural setting create a truly magical atmosphere that enhances the operatic experience. Arrive early to attend a pre-performance dinner and lecture or join hundreds of others tailgating on the property.

#3 Community Engagement

The Santa Fe Opera is committed to promoting the arts and engaging with the local community. In fact, visitors are welcome to take part in a variety of events and activities, including backstage tours, pre-performance talks, and community outreach programs. What’s more, the Opera is committed to supporting emerging artists and showcasing new works, and offers educational opportunities for students and community members of all ages.

#4 Access to Other Cultural Attractions

When you visit the Santa Fe Opera, you’ll have access to other exciting cultural attractions in Santa Fe, including the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Santa Fe Opera Calendar & Tickets

Check out the Santa Fe Opera schedule to find your favorite performance this summer. Tickets sell quickly, the sooner you purchase your tickets the better.

For more information, contact the Santa Fe Opera Box Office:

Toll Free: 800-280-4654
Tel: 505-986-5900

Santa Fe Opera FAQ’s

How early should I arrive at the Santa Fe Opera?

The Opera recommends arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the performance. Arriving 30 or even 45 minutes early will help prevent traffic congestion, and provide ample time to park, shuttle to the theater entrance, and find your seat without feeling rushed.

Can you bring food to the Santa Fe Opera?

You are welcome to bring food for the Santa Fe Tailgating experience prior to the performance. During the show, you can get a snack or beverage during intermission. Many attendees choose to go out to eat before or after the show. There are many fantastic restaurants and places to grab a drink in Santa Fe.

What should I wear to the Santa Fe Opera?

There is no required dress code to attend the Opera. Whether you prefer casual or formal attire, just be sure to bring a jacket and blanket as the open-air theater can be chilly, especially after the sun goes down. Learn more about how to enjoy the opera in style.

#5 Best Lodging Near the Santa Fe Opera

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of 5 reasons to visit the Santa Fe Opera this summer, is staying at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear. Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, just minutes from the Santa Fe Opera, is our rambling adobe estate, which features nine guest rooms and suites decorated with vibrant colors and rich textures inspired by Santa Fe’s rich culture and heritage. We also offer a variety of on-site amenities, including a delicious breakfast each morning made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Book your favorite room and get ready for the Santa Fe Opera’s impressive lineup this season!

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