Santa Fe

August 17 - 24, 2020

The world premiere of M. Butterfly, Tristan und Isolde, Rusalka, The Barber of Seville and The Magic Flute, plus the Apprentice Scenes concert and three performances at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Private lectures, superb meals, Deluxe rooms at La Posada de Santa Fe.

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 2020 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.

The world premiere of M. Butterfly — an opera based on the Tony-winning Broadway play by David Henry Hwang— anchors the 2020 season (SFO’s 64th). As well, we attend new productions of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Wagner’s epic Tristan und Isolde, Dvorák’s Rusalka, and a re-staging of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Our hotel will be La Posada de Santa Fe, located just steps from the Historic Plaza. La Posada combines the upscale amenities and refined accommodations of a modern resort with authentic adobe architecture. We will have Deluxe rooms with step-in showers for all guests.

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.


Tristan und Isolde
Conductor: James Gaffigan / Director: Zack Winokur
Tamara Wilson and Simon O’Neill, Ryan McKinney, Eric Owens, and David Leigh

M. Butterfly
Conductor: Xian XZhang / Director: James Robinson
Hera Hyesang Park, David Bizic, Kangmin Justin Kim, Kevin Burdette, and Joshua Dennis

Conductor: Harry Bicket / Director: David Pountney
Ailyn Perez, Eric Cutler, James Creswell, Michaela Martens, and Alexandra Lobianco

The Barber of Seville
Conductor: Corrado Rovaris
Emily D’Angelo, Jack Swanson, Audun Iverson, Scott Conner and Kevin Burdette

The Magic Flute
Conductor: Harry Bicket / Director: Tim Albery
Eric Ferring. Joelle Harvey, Audrey Luna, Joshua Hopkins, and James Creswell


Monday, August 17

Upon arrival in Albuquerque Sunport (or Santa Fe Airport) you are met and transferred to the 4 Diamond La Posada de Santa, the only resort in downtown Santa Fe, ideally located near the Plaza. This evening, we gather for introductions and a Welcome Dinner at Eloisa.

Tuesday, August 18

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: Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, called a “delightfully unassuming but bewitching soloist” by The Guardian and praised for his “impeccable technique and clear eyed approach to music” by The Washington Post, plays five of Alexander Scriabin’s piano sonatas—some of the most thrilling and virtuosic works in the repertoire. Lunch is at leisure. 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 Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, the first Wagnerian opera at Santa Fe since The Flying Dutchman in 1988.

Wednesday, August 19

Following a morning at leisure, we attend our second Chamber Festival concert: To close out the Festival’s piano-vocal recital series, three-time Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and celebrated pianist Calio Alonso perform Mahler’s seminal song cycle Songs of a Wayfarer and other works. This evening we enjoy a Preview Buffet (and lecture) prior to David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo’s M. Butterfly at Santa Fe Opera. 8pm curtain.

Thursday, August 20

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: this all-Bartók program features two of today’s most in-demand ensembles—the Dover Quartet and the Escher String Quartet—performing works by the early-20th-century Hungarian master (program to be announced). 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 Dvořák’s Rusalka. 8pm curtain.

Friday, August 21

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 walk to dinner at Sassella prior to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Santa Fe Opera. 8pm curtain.

Saturday, August 22

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 Mozart’s The Magic Flute. 8pm curtain.

Sunday, August 23

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. 8pm curtain.

Monday, August 24

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