Bus returns to the hotel by 4:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PMEvening: 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 FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 4:00 PM for a rest period.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PMEvening: 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 FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs at 4:00 PM for return to the hotel.Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 5:30 to 6:30 PMEvening: 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 FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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