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Santa Fe Opera

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301 Opera Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
+1(800) 280-4654 www.santafeopera.org
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Santa Fe Opera House (c) 2010 Robert Godwin

The Santa Fe Opera’s mission is to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality in a unique setting with a varied repertoire of new, rarely performed, and standard works; to ensure the excellence of opera’s future through apprentice programs for singers, technicians and arts administrators; and to foster and enrich an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.

Vistas beckon from every side. There are the rugged mountains to the east, the far reaches opening up to the north, the rolling hills to the south, the limitless sunset horizon to the west.

The house itself is a point of visual and architectural wonder, an aria given shape under the overarching sky. Every part directs our attention toward the stage, where the disciplines of music and stagecraft at the highest level combine to challenge the notion of what is possible on the opera stage. Production after production, night after night, The Santa Fe Opera upholds the highest standards of professionalism in opera and strives to raise them.

Working at this level takes more than a spectacular opera house. It takes a village — or, perhaps more accurately, a small city. Only a small portion of the company’s buildings and operations are visible to the audience. To each side of the house, down the turn of the hill, and tunneling deep below the stage itself lie nerve centers of industry — a concealed city of wonders.

There is Stieren Orchestra Hall, with its large two-story orchestral and rehearsal room, an exact reproduction in size of the expansive stage. A large costume storage facility extends beneath. Nestling to the west and east, below the level of the house itself, are costume, wig, and makeup areas; several huge stage elevators, scaled to accommodate whole scenes and heavy sets; an orchestra lounge and music office; and broad and high spaces dedicated to a set shop, a paint shop, and a properties construction workshop. Even more storage and work spaces are on levels below.

Then there is the company’s busy central office complex, set on and in the site of the original ranch house that housed singers and company members during the early years. It hums year-round with work that balances the practical and creative sides of opera production — artistic administration along with production preparation, marketing, media and public relations, human resources and operations, education and community programs, to finance and fundraising.

Dotting the surrounding grounds — laid out originally by founder John O. Crosby and his parents — are rehearsal halls also built to mimic the size and layout of the stage, studios for vocal coaching and recording, and a comfortable cantina. There is even a swimming pool, the most recent in a series that dates back to the mid-20th century, when the complex was a guest ranch.

Together these unseen spaces comprise thousands of cubic yards of creative space. To fill them and help the music and drama come to vibrant life, the company’s year-round staff of 70 expands to 700 during the height of the season. Each member is an individual, important component in the complex “machinery” that is The Santa Fe Opera. Experience always exceeds expectations here, because everyone in the company is fiercely committed to striving for the best. As Crosby memorably put it, “Quality counts, always. Quantity must take a second place, if necessary.” Thanks to quality, The Santa Fe Opera remains a world leader in defining, refining, and celebrating the art of opera.

 

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June 2018

Candide by Bernstein @Santa Fe Opera

June 29 - August 25
Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
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Is Candide the best of all possible ways to launch our 62nd season? Absolutely. The score bristles with spectacular music, including justly famous overture, the soprano showpiece “Glitter and Be Gay” and the soaring finale, “Make Our Garden Grow.” Soprano Brenda Rae and tenor Alek Shrader return as Cunegonde and Candide, respectively, and are joined by Kevin Burdette doing quadruple duty as Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin, and Cacambo. The optimistic Candide and his fiancée Cunegonde have been taught that “Everything’s for the best in…

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Madame Butterfly by Puccini @Santa Fe Opera

June 30 - August 24
Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
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Puccini's Madame Butterfly follows a beautifully traced arc for the title character, from the child bride who renounces her religion in embracing of all things American to the strong young mother who returns to her culture and the code of honour which governs her tragic destiny. Featuring Puccini's longest and most passionate love duet, much of his most lyrical music, including the “Humming Chorus” and “Flower Duet,” a justly famous soprano aria in “Un bel dì,” and a spine-tingling climax. In 1898, a dapper…

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July 2018

Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss @Santa Fe Opera

July 28 - August 23
Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
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It isn’t easy being the richest man in Vienna, especially when you’re hosting the party to end all parties. His Major-Domo dishes the dirt: “Can you believe it? My master plans the perfect evening—a sumptuous dinner and spectacular fireworks, to begin promptly at nine, with a little theatrical diversion he has so generously commissioned in between—a brand-new opera seria, followed by a comedy troupe, to cleanse the musical palate. And what happens? Total chaos! Written for 16 soloists and a…

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