Santa Fe

August 7 - 14, 2023

Rusalka (Ailyn Pérez), Pelléas et Mélisande (Rendall, Hankey, Kim, Anger, Graham), The Flying Dutchman (Brownlee, van den Heever), Orfeo (Villazón, Snouffer), Tosca (Hawkins, de Tommaso) plus the Apprentice Scenes concert and three performances at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Private lectures, superb meals, Inn of the Anasazi.

Santa Fe is one of our favourite destinations, and the Santa Fe Opera Festival is one of our favourite (and most popular) tours—proof that you needn’t travel across the globe for a very special opera getaway. What makes Santa Fe different is how wonderful it feels just being there – something about the magical combination of perfect weather, breathtaking landscape, charming Southwest architecture and friendly locals, as well as the scores of shops and galleries that make it impossible to walk the historic streets of this city without a smile on your face. And of course the quality of the performances that take place each night and the quality of the venue itself, the glorious mesa-top Crosby Theatre, is often a surprise to attendees.

Our 2023 tour includes five operas and an Apprentice Scenes performance at the stunning Santa Fe Opera, with the strongest selection of singers we’ve ever seen at the festival. In addition the Santa Fe Opera programming, we will enjoy three noontime concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and embark on tours that explore and celebrate the regional indigenous culture.

Our hotel will be the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, located just steps from the Historic Plaza. As always, we will include private performance lectures with Oliver Prezant, and we will enjoy superb cuisine and wine at Santa Fe’s finest restaurants.


by Antonín Dvořák
Will she become part of his world? Rusalka, a young water nymph, falls in love with a prince. The witch gives her a potion that will render her human but take away her voice. Rusalka risks everything for love and ends up paying dearly.

Lidiya Yankovskaya CONDUCTOR
Sir David Pountney DIRECTOR

Ailyn Pérez RUSALKA
Robert Watson THE PRINCE
James Creswell VODNÍK
Michaela Martens JEŽIBABA
Mary Elizabeth Williams FOREIGN PRINCESS

by Claude Debussey
Forbidden love leads to desire. Golaud, grandson of King Arkel, falls in love and marries the mysterious Mélisande. His half-brother Pelléas falls for Mélisande as well. It’s a love triangle of royal proportions.

Harry Bicket CONDUCTOR

Huw Montague Rendall PELLÉAS
Samantha Hankey MÉLISANDE
Gihoon Kim GOLAUD
Ain Anger ARKEL
Susan Graham GENEVIÈVE

by Richard Wagner
Condemned and sailing the stormy seas. Every seven years, a cursed and ghostly sea captain gets a chance at redemption. He needs a bride to break the curse. Can he find a woman pure of heart, or will he roam the seas eternally?

Thomas Guggeis CONDUCTOR
David Alden DIRECTOR

Nicholas Brownlee DUTCHMAN
Elza van den Heever SENTA
Richard Trey Smagur ERIK
Morris Robinson DALAND
Bille Bruley STEERSMAN

by Claudio Monteverdi
Don’t Look Back! Legendary lovers, Orfeo and Euridice, face death and separation. They undertake a perilous journey from the underworld back to the world of the living. One rule must be followed: Orfeo cannot look at Euridice. His conviction falters, he turns …

Harry Bicket CONDUCTOR
Yuval Sharon DIRECTOR

Rolando Villazón ORFEO
Paula Murrihy MESSAGGERA
James Creswell CARONTE
Blake Denson PLUTONE

by Giacomo Puccini
Torture, murder and suicide … the clock ticks. Tenacious diva, Floria Tosca, is thrust into a no-win situation after her lover, the painter Mario, assists the escape of a political prisoner. They are cornered by the corrupt Scarpia. Each decision she makes brings fate, and disaster, one step closer.

Keith Warner DIRECTOR

Leah Hawkins TOSCA
Freddie De Tommaso CAVARADOSSI
Reginald Smith, Jr. SCARPIA
Blake Denson ANGELOTTI


Monday, August 7
Upon arrival in Albuquerque Sunport (or Santa Fe Airport) you are met and transferred to the elegant Rosewood , ideally located near the Plaza. This evening, we gather for introductions and a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday, August 8
Following breakfast (included each day), we meet our guide and depart on a private “hidden gems” tour of Santa Fe Plaza. At noon we enjoy our first concert at the Santa Fe Chamber Festival (TBA). Tonight we walk to dinner at Sazón and then depart by private coach to the Santa Fe Opera for Dvořák’s Rusalka.

Wednesday, August 9
Following a morning at leisure, we attend our second Chamber Festival concert (TBA). This evening we walk to dinner at Sassella prior to Debussey’s Pelléas et Mélisande at Santa Fe Opera. 

Thursday, August 10
Following a morning exploring the shops and galleries on Canyon Road, we move to the St. Francis Auditorium for our final midday concert at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (TBA). After a lunch at leisure, we gather in our private salon at the hotel for a casual and entertaining discussion led by Oliver Prezant, lecturer at Santa Fe Opera. Tonight we dine at Estevan prior to Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, the first Wagnerian opera to be staged at Santa Fe back in 1988.

Friday, August 11
This morning we meet our guide once again and join him for an in-depth tour to Albuquerque. This evening we enjoy a Preview Buffet (and lecture) prior to Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Santa Fe Opera. 

Saturday, August 12
Following a morning at leisure,  we have our final talk with Oliver Prezant at the hotel. Tonight we dine at Osteria d’Assisi before returning to the opera house for Puccini’s Tosca

Sunday, August 13
This morning we offer a guided tour at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Tonight we depart for our Farewell Dinner at Geronimo, one of the finest restaurants in the region. Following dinner, we take our seats at the opera house one last time for the Apprentice Scenes concert, where the “Stars of Tomorrow” in the Santa Fe Apprentice Programs perform fully-staged opera scenes. 

Monday, August 14
Transfers to Albuquerque or Santa Fe Airport are included and will be arranged on-site.