Santa Fe

August 8 - 15, 2022

The world premiere of M. Butterfly, Tristan und Isolde, Carmen, The Barber of Seville and Falstaff, 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 2022 tour includes five operas and an Apprentice Scenes performance at the stunning Santa Fe Opera. 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.


Bizet’s most popular opera comes to the stage in a new production by Mariame Clément. What do the cards have in store for Carmen, Don José and Escamillo?

Conductor: Harry Bicket
Director: Mariame Clément
Carmen: Isabel Leonard
Don José: Michael Fabiano
Escamillo: Michael Sumuel
Micaëla: Sylvia D’Eramo

This classic comedy with a playful energy that springs from Rossini’s ebullient music returns in a whimsical new production by Stephen Barlow.

Conductor: Iván López-Reynoso
Director: Stephen Barlow
Rosina: Emily Fons
Count Almaviva: Jack Swanson
Figaro: Joshua Hopkins
Doctor Bartolo: Kevin Burdette
Don Basilio: Ryan Speedo Green

Based on Shakespeare s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Verdi’s famous comedic masterpiece comes to life in an exciting, new production by Sir David McVicar.

Conductor: Paul Daniel
Director: Sir David McVicar
Falstaf: Quinn Kelsey
Alice: Alexandra LoBianco
Ford: Roland Wood
Nanetta: Elena Villalón
Fenton: Eric Ferring

Directors Zack Winokur and Lisenka Heijboer Castañón conjure a mesmerizing production that brings to the foreground Wagner’s tale s profound and timeless themes.

Conductor: James Gafgan
Directors: Zack Winokur & Lisenka Heijboer Castañón
Isolde: Tamara Wilson
Tristan: Simon O’Neill
Brangäne: Jamie Barton
King Marke: David Leigh

David Henry Hwang s Broadway smash hit is transformed into operatic form in collaboration with composer Huang Ruo. Don t miss James Robinson s gripping production.

Conductor: Carolyn Kuan
Director: James Robinson
Song: Liling: Kangmin Justin Kim
René Gallimard: Mark Stone
Comrade Chin: Hongni Wu
Manuel Toulon/Judge: Kevin Burdette
Marc: Joshua Dennis


Monday, August 8
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 9
Following breakfast (included each day), we meet our guide, Jerry Rightman, 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 La Casa Sena, on the edge of the Plaza, and then depart by private coach to the Santa Fe Opera for Verdi’s Falstaff.

Wednesday, August 10
Following a morning at leisure, we attend our second Chamber Festival concert (TBA). This evening we walk to dinner at Sassella prior to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Santa Fe Opera. 

Thursday, August 11
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 Paloma prior to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, the first Wagnerian opera at Santa Fe since The Flying Dutchman in 1988.

Friday, August 12
This morning we meet our guide Jerry once again and join him for an in-depth tour to a pueblo near Santa Fe.  This evening we enjoy a Preview Buffet (and lecture) prior to David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo’s M. Butterfly at Santa Fe Opera. 

Saturday, August 13
Following a morning at leisure,  we have our final talk with Oliver Prezant at the hotel. Tonight we dine at Sazón before returning to the opera house for Bizet’s Carmen

Sunday, August 14
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 15
Transfers to Albuquerque or Santa Fe Airport are included and will be arranged on-site.