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Opera Extravaganza: The Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

Program Number: 11299RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/2/2014; 8/3/2014 - 8/9/2014; 8/10/2014 - 8/16/2014; 8/16/2014 - 8/22/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $2,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera; Music Festivals Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Run the full gamut of the opera world and attend several productions, the exciting culmination of music, theatre, writing, art and dance. Program lectures will inform you about the composer, music, singers and the story of each work you experience.




Highlights

• Attend an array of staged productions starring some of the finest singers from the U.S. and abroad in the spectacular open-air amphitheater.
• Enjoy a Santa Fe city field trip and go backstage at the opera complex.
• Expert-led field trips include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, two New Mexico State Museums and other local sites.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; paved and uneven packed dirt terrain. Elevations of 7,000 feet.



For information on categories and accompanying theater seating, call or go to www.roadscholar.org/11299.




Date Specific Information

7-27-2014

This date is housed at a full service hotel near historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza. Program includes five operas: Bizet's "Carmen," Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," Huang Ruo's "Dr. Sun Yat-sen," Beethoven's "Fidelio," and a two-opera-production of Stravinsky's "Le Rossignol" and Mozart's "The Impressario."



8-3-2014

This date is housed at a comfortable hotel with heated pool, free shuttle to downtown Santa Fe Plaza. Program includes five operas: Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," Beethoven's "Fidelio," Bizet's "Carmen," a two-opera production of Stravinsky's "Le Rossignol" and Mozart's "The Impressario," and Huang Ruo's "Dr. Sun Yat-sen."



8-10-2014

This date is housed at a comfortable hotel with heated pool, free shuttle to downtown Santa Fe Plaza. Program includes five operas: Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," Beethoven's "Fidelio," Bizet's "Carmen," a two-opera production of Stravinsky's "Le Rossignol" and Mozart's "The Impressario," and Huang Ruo's "Dr. Sun Yat-sen."



8-16-2014

This date is housed at a full service hotel near historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza. Program includes four performances: Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes, "Don Pasquale" by Donizetti, "Carmen" by Bizet, and "Fidelio" by Beethoven



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Accommodations
Varies by date and include a full service hotel near historic downtown Santa Fe Plaza or comfortable hotel with heated pool, free shuttle to downtown Santa Fe. See date-specific information.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Oliver Prezant

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures for the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and numerous other organizations. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the award-winning Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and was on the faculty of The College of Santa Fe for many years. He studied conducting at The Pierre Monteux School and is a graduate of The Mannes College of Music in New York City.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
  Santa Fe 6 nights
 Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This charming hotel is located three blocks from the historic downtown Plaza and is surrounded by Santa Fe restaurants and shops with convenient transportation nearby. 100% non-smoking facility.
  Contact info: 100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM 87507 USA
phone: 505-988-2811
web: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFEHIHF-hilton
  Room amenities: Southwest motif, Hilton Serenity Bed and Amenity Collections, coffee and tea service, ironing boards, robes, hair dryer and makeup mirror
  Facility amenities: Business Center, Complimentary printing service, fax, express mail, notary public, office rental, photo copying service, video conferencing available, video messaging, video phone, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, laundry-valet service, ATM, baggage storage, bar area, concierge desk, elevators, gift shop, guest activity/recreation desk, lounge, multi-lingual staff, room service, fitness room, pool
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: best seasonal rates Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: best seasonal rates Request additional nights directly from hotel prior to arrival by calling 505-988-2811.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at hotel any time after 3:00 PM. Registration with the Road Scholar group leader between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM. You will be staying at Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at the hotel between 6:00 & 10:00 AM; checkout by noon. You will be staying at Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. No special documents or waivers required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Fe
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Airport (very small; commuter service from Denver only)
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Santa Fe

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

 

Travel Time:

 

5 to 10 minutes 

   

The Santa Fe airport is serviced by a limited number of flights and airlines. If you choose to fly into/out of Santa Fe, please call your hotel before the program starts for their recommendation regarding shuttle transportation from/to the airport.

 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 65 miles

   

Sandia Shuttle Express offers regular service between the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe. Reservations are required. When you make your reservations, you'll need to let the shuttle service know the hotel at which you'd like to be dropped off in Santa Fe, and when you wish to return to Albuquerque. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place on the shuttle will not be guaranteed.

 
Driving Directions
  From North and South on I-25 From I-25 (all directions) take the St. Francis/Santa Fe Plaza exit; continue to Cerrillos Road. Turn right on Cerrillos Road. Access the left lane, follow the left split which turns into Sandoval Street. Remain on Sandoval Street for 1/2 mile. The Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza is on the left hand side of Sandoval Street after crossing over West Alameda.
Elevation Note: Santa Fe is at an elevation of 7,000'.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Hotel Check-In, Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, July 27)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Santa Fe; check in anytime after 3:00 PM at the Hilton Historic Plaza Hotel. Register with the program group leader in designated area between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Walking and Driving Exploration of Santa Fe; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Evening Opera will be Bizet's "Carmen"
(Monday, July 28)

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. Walking up to 3 blocks to and from the bus to the opera house.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera. Runs from 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM and includes one break from 10:15 to 10:30 AM.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: After lunch, there will be a guided walking and driving exploration of Santa Fe, "The City Different." Stops include the historic downtown Plaza and the New Mexico State Capitol building, which has a wonderful and historic art collection, followed by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Bus returns to the hotel at 4:30 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Attend the Santa Fe Opera production of "Carmen."

Return to hotel late!

   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Backstage Visit to Santa Fe Opera; Performance of "Don Pasquale"
(Tuesday, July 29)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera. Runs from 9:00 to 11:45 AM and includes one break from 10:15 to 10:30 AM.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: After lunch, we depart 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 4:00 PM for a rest period.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Attend performance of "Don Pasquale."

Bus returns to the hotel late!

   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: State Museums of New Mexico on Museum Hill; Santa Fe Opera World Premiere Performance of "Dr. Sun Yat-sen"
(Wednesday, July 30)

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. Runs from 9:00 to 11:45 AM and includes one break from 10:15 to 10:30 AM.
 Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit the state museums on Museum Hill: the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

We'll then return to the hotel for some time at leisure before dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Attend Santa Fe Opera's presentation of "Dr. Sun Yat-sen."

Return to the hotel late!

   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Free Afternoon; Dinner on Our Own; Santa Fe Opera's Production of "Fidelio"
(Thursday, July 31)

Note: Walking up to one mile over paved terrain



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Opera, Opera, and More Opera. Runs from 9:00 to 11:45 AM and includes one break from 10:15 to 10:30 AM.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure for independent explorations or relaxation
 Dinner: Dinner on our own
 Evening: Attend the Santa Fe Opera performance of "Fidelio."

Bus returns to the hotel late!

   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Field Trip to Poeh Museum and Than Povi Gallery; Performance of "The Impresario" and "Le Rossignol"
(Friday, August 1)

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. Runs from 9:00 to 11:45 AM and includes one break from 10:15 to 10:30 AM.

Bus departs for field trip at 12:00 PM.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Poeh Museum and Than Povi Gallery in Pojoaque.

Return to the hotel by 4:00 PM for some time at leisure before dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 5:30 to 6:30 PM and closing comments
 Evening: Attend performance of "The Impresario" and "Le Rossignol."

Return to the hotel late!

   
Accommodations: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and Departure
(Saturday, August 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. 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 Overview
Museums 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A History of Opera


Author: Abbate, Carolyn and Parker, Roger


Contemporary Southwestern Jewelry


Author: Pardue, Diana


Cooking With the Santa Fe Opera


Author: Santa Fe Opera Guild


Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place


Author: Buhler Lynes/Poling-Kempes/Turner


Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life


Author: Robinson, Roxana


Kobbe's Portable Opera Guide


Author: Earl of Harewood, editor


Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe


Author: Lisle, Laurie


The Santa Fe Opera: An American Pioneer


Author: Huscher, Phillip


The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook


Author: Susan D. Curtis


Description: Contains some of the very best recipes from Santa Fe School of Cooking and features glorious photography.





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