Stoked to Be Local: The Santa Fe Opera

One of the world's leading cultural festivals ~

Even if you’re not an opera maven, the The Santa Fe Opera is one of the best experiences you can have in Santa Fe, and is 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 is renowned throughout the world. And to its credit, The Santa Fe Opera is accessible 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, 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 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 tailgating scene and the 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. Founded in 1957, its unique location and setting, an intimate 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

(505) 986-5900