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Opera Extravaganza: The Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

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Program #11299RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

Itinerary for Jul 29 — Aug 4, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, July 29 - Hotel Check-In; Orientation and Introductions
Arrive To: Arrive in Santa Fe; check in anytime after 3:00 PM at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Register with the program group leader in designated area between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 30 - Walking and Driving Exploration of Santa Fe; Geor...
Walking and Driving Exploration of Santa Fe; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Evening Opera will be Offenbach's "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein"

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over uneven paved and packed dirt terrain; climbing a few steps, standing at museum for up to an hour

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: At 1:15 PM, leave for a guided walking and driving exploration of Santa Fe, "The City Different." Stops include the historic downtown Plaza, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and the New Mexico State Capitol building, which has a wonderful and historic art collection.

Bus returns to the hotel by 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Evening: Bus departs hotel at 6:45 PM for the Santa Fe Opera production of Jacques Offenbach's "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein," featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role. Spoiled and domineering, the Grand Duchess gets what she wants-- until she sets her sights on the young soldier Fritz (Paul Appleby). Her amorous pursuit mobilizes everything we need for a howling good time: wealth, wine, and wicked satire.

Return to hotel late!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 31 - Backstage Visit to Santa Fe Opera House; Performa...
Backstage Visit to Santa Fe Opera House; Performance of Theodore Morrison's "Oscar"

Note: Walking up to one mile over the course of the day over paved terrain. Backstage visit involves walking uphill and several flights of stairs. Optional modified tour available with advance request; contact the Santa Fe office at 505-983-0613 if you would like to arrange for the modified tour.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Board the motor coach in front of hotel at 1:00 PM for a back stage visit at the Santa Fe Opera.

This visit involves some walking uphill and several flights of stairs. Optional modified tour available with advance request to Road Scholar Santa Fe (505) 983-0613. Bus will return to hotel around 3:30 PM for a rest period.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Evening: Bus departs hotel at 6:45 pm for performance of Theodore Morrison's "Oscar." "Oscar" is Theo Morrison's vividly observed opera about Oscar Wilde-- whose legendary wit concealed a life of high principle and agonizing persecution. Pursuing the beautiful in life and art, Wilde became a social pariah in London society even as his plays won unprecedented success in London theatre. His portrayal by contertenor David Daniels promises to be one of the most moving characterizations of recent years on any stage. Dwayne Croft and Heidi Stober as Walt Whitman and Ada Leverson, with William Burden as his friend and eventual biographer, Frank Harris. Evan Rogister returns to conduct this world premiere.

Bus returns to the hotel late!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, August 01 - State Museums of New Mexico on Museum Hill; Rossi...
State Museums of New Mexico on Museum Hill; Rossini's "La Donna del Lago"

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved terrain; standing up to one hour at a time in museums

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for field trip.

You'll visit the museums on Museum Hill: the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Bus departs at 4:00 PM for return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30-6:30 PM

Evening: Bus departs from the hotel at 6:45 PM for Santa Fe Opera's presentation of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago." This dramatic tale remains Sir Walter Scott's best-plotted love story and Rossini's most romantic opera. The incomparable Joyce DiDonato sings the title rols, Elena. Acclaimed at the Paris Opera and La Scala, DiDonato has become today's foremost interpreter of this spectacular rold. The cast also features two stellar coloratura tenors, Lawrence Brownlee and Rene Barbera, in the high-flying roles of Uberto and Rodrigo. Daniela Barcellona sings the role of Malcolm. Stephen Lord returns to lead this Santa Fe debut.

Return to the hotel late!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, August 02 - Free Afternoon; Dinner on Your Own; Santa Fe Oper...
Free Afternoon; Dinner on Your Own; Santa Fe Opera's Production of Verdi's "La Traviata"

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Walk two blocks to the Blue Corn Cafe near the DoubleTree for lunch from 12:30-1:30 PM

Afternoon: Free afternoon on your own in Santa Fe. Since dinner is also on your own tonight, you may wish to come back to the hotel for the afternoon and have dinner at a nearby restaurant, or go downtown on your own. If you elect to go downtown, the bus will pick you up at a designated location at 7:00 PM for the trip to the Santa Fe Opera.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. If you come back to the hotel in the afternoon, the bus will leave at 6:45 PM to go to the Opera. If you are downtown, the bus will pick you up at a designated downtown location at 7:00 PM. We'll provide restaurant lists so you can decide where you want to eat.

Evening: Bus departs from the hotel at 6:45 PM to take you to Santa Fe Opera for a performance of Verdi's "La Traviata." Honoring the bicentennial of Verdi's birth, the Santa Fe Opera revives one of his most popular operas. Glamour and gaiety are on full display in director-designer Laurent Pelly's vision of the Parisian demimonde, but so is a much darker side. While elegant gowns and jewels create a glittering tableau, the partygoers of "La Traviata" inhabit a cynical world of power relations. Making her Santa Fe Opera debut as Violetta is American soprano Brenda Rae, who has generated excitement in starring roles in Europe. Tenor Michael Fabiano is Alfredo, Violetta's lover.

Bus returns to the hotel late!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel has recently been completely remodeled, and offers cheerful Southwestern decor throughout. Of particular interest to our participants is the easy access to transportation to other parts of the city. There is a public bus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses run frequently to the downtown area, to the museums, and other parts of Santa Fe. There is convenient shopping nearby as well, with drug and grocery stores within a few minutes' walk. Several shopping centers surround the hotel, so bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, hobby and craft stores and many others are nearby.

Contact info:
4048 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-473-4646
Room amenities: Newly redecorated rooms feature Southwestern decor. You'll also find hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dataports, refrigerators upon request, cable television, and many other amenities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge, indoor/outdoor pool, exercise room and gift shop, as well as ample free parking and very easy access from I-25.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: best seasonal rates
Arrange for pre and post stays directly with hotel at (505) 473-4646.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, August 03 - Field Trip to Los Alamos; Performance of Mozart's...
Field Trip to Los Alamos; Performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro"

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day; standing up to one hour during museum visit

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera

Lunch: Boxed lunches to be eaten on the field trip

Afternoon: The bus departs for Los Alamos at 12:15 PM. Upon arrival, you'll have an exploration of Los Alamos with a step-on guide and selected stops, including the Bradbury Science Museum. Return to the hotel in Santa Fe by 4:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 5:30 to 6:30 PM and closing comments

Evening: Bus departs hotel at 6:45 PM for the Santa Fe Opera's performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." Based on a daring play by Beaumarchais, a French supporter of the American Revolution whose modern ideas challenged traditional thinking on class and privilege, its bold assertion of human dignity is present throughout Lorenzo da Ponte's libretto and Mozart's score. It takes the form of a dizzying sex farce that culminates in a profound expression of redemptive love. The cast includes the return of rising star Susanna Phillips as the Countess Almaviva and Daniel Okulitch as her wayward husband. John Nelson conducts.

Return to the hotel late!

Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Sunday, August 04 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in hotel dining room from 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM; you may depart at any time in the morning. Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.

Morning: Independent departures from the hotel. Checkout time is by 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Santa Fe
General OverviewMuseums and galleries, e.g., Palace of the Governors Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Spanish Colonial Museum, Laboratory of Anthropology, Rancho de los Golondrinas (recreation of a Spanish Colonial village), Gerald Peters Gallery, Nedra Matteucchi (Fenn) Gallery, Alan Houser Sculpture Garden, Houshang's Gallery, Alene Lapides Gallery, Laurel Seth Gallery and many more.

Historic buildings and churches include Sena Plaza, El Santuario de Guadalupe, the Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, St. Francis Cathedral, the Chapel of Loretto (with its miraculous staircase!) and Cristo Rey Church.

During late June, July and August, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing and there are many theatre productions and concerts going on in the city year round.

The Santa Fe Visitors' Guide provides seasonal listings of events, as does New Mexico Magazine. A link to Santa Fe's calendar of events, web sites and telephone numbers is listed below.
For additional information, visit: www.santafe.org


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
5 Performances

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