The Santa Fe Opera is a fantastic opera company and a great addition to your travel plans to Santa Fe in the summer. Each summer season has a repertoire of five operas ranging from the Baroque era to new works. The 2017 season includes works that are as varied as Alcina, written by Handel, and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, written by American composer Mason Bates.
The theatre is an open-air theatre, though there is a roof over the seating area in case of rain. Going to the opera in a theatre like this is a slightly different experience than a typical indoor theatre, as people often arrive early to tailgate and there are packages available with dinner and a pre-show talk included. The theatre is seven miles north of the city of Santa Fe, and round-trip shuttle service is available from Santa Fe bed and breakfasts and hotels and from Albuquerque.
Santa Fe Opera was established in 1956 when founder John Crosby took possession of the land and rode around trying to find the part of the landscape with the perfect acoustics for an opera house. Crosby wanted to establish a place where American singers could perform new roles and composers could premiere new works, and that mission has been a terrific success. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs is the opera company’s 15th world premiere, and there are apprentice programs for new professional singers and theatrical technicians which have launched the careers of many artists.
The company is devoted to making opera accessible to all, and the population of the state has benefitted immensely from the Santa Fe Opera’s programs. They offer programs for children from third grade to high school, and they have a special Pueblo Opera Program for children from the Native American reservations and pueblos of New Mexico. The theatre offers daily backstage tours and weekly Opera Insider presentations with a focus on a particular technical or otherwise opera-related craft during the season.
The Santa Fe Opera is a unique and beautiful experience in the desert. The combination of New Mexico’s natural wonders and constant striving for creative genius makes the quality of the productions unparalleled. Anyone looking for a fun musical adventure in Santa Fe will find it at the Santa Fe Opera.