The Santa Fe Opera Festival

August 14 - 21, 2017

The world première of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Lucia di Lammermoor, Alcina (Bicket), The Golden Cockerel (Villaume; Owens, Burdette, Arwady), Die Fledermaus (Macdonald; Streit, Guthrie, Pittas) and the Apprentice Scenes Concert, plus Indian Market Week Events.

Santa Fe Opera House InteriorSanta Fe is one of our most popular tours and one of our favourite destinations. Something about the magical combination of perfect weather, breathtaking landscape, charming Southwest architecture and friendly locals, along with scores of shops and galleries, makes it a very special opera getaway.

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Monday, August 14

Upon arrival in Albuquerque Sunport (or Santa Fe Airport) you are met and transferred to the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, ideally located on the Plaza, across from the Palace of the Governors. This evening, we gather for introductions and a Welcome Dinner at the hotel’s superb restaurant.

Tuesday, August 15

Following breakfast (included each day), enjoy your morning at leisure. Later, we walk to the St. Francis Auditorium for a Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival string concert featuring the music of Mozart and Sierra. After a lunch at leisure, gather in the hotel library for a casual and entertaining discussion, led by Oliver Prezant, lecturer at Santa Fe Opera. Afterward, we gather in the lobby and walk to dinner at Sazón, winner of the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. We then depart by private coach to the Santa Fe Opera for our first performance at the Festival, Mason Bates’ world première of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs—an opera that examines the people and experiences that shaped one of the most influential figures of our time. 8pm curtain.

Wednesday, August 16

This morning we meet our guide, Jerry Rightman, and depart on a private “hidden gems” tour of Santa Fe Plaza. Following the tour, lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. This evening we depart for the Santa Fe Opera and a pre-performance buffet and lecture prior to Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Corrado Rovaris; Brenda Rae, Christian Van Horn). 8pm curtain.

Thursday, August 17

Today we include another midday concert by classical pianist Inon Barnatan as a part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Afterward, we enjoy lunch at nearby La Boca, and then return to the hotel for our second talk with Oliver Prezant. Following dinner at leisure, we return to the Santa Fe Opera for a production of Handel’s Alcina (Bicket; Elza van den Heever, Anna Christy, Daniela Mack). 8pm curtain.

Friday, August 18

This morning we meet our guide Jerry once again and join him for an in-depth tour at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, where he is a docent. This evening we depart for dinner at Joseph’s, prior to Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Villaume; Owens, Burdette, Arwady). 8pm curtain.

Saturday, August 19

This morning is at leisure to explore the Indian Market on your own. Late morning we enjoy a backstage tour at the Santa Fe Opera and a special presentation by the Director of Wigs and Makeup, David Zimmerman. Lunch is included at La Casa Sena following the tour. Tonight we depart for the Santa Fe Opera for a performance of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Macdonald; Streit, Guthrie, Pittas). 8pm curtain.

Sunday, August 20

Following a day at leisure, we meet and depart for our Farewell Dinner at The Compound before returning to the opera house for Apprentice Scenes, where the “Stars of Tomorrow” in the Santa Fe Apprentice Programs perform fully-staged opera scenes. 8pm curtain.

Monday, August 21

Transfers to Albuquerque or Santa Fe Airport are included.