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Santa Fe Summer Cultural Kaleidoscope: Opera, O’Keeffe and More

Attend an opera performance and a flamenco performance, explore unique sites, enjoy the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and learn the story of Santa Fe from the experts who live here.
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Program No. 11298RJ
6 days
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New Mexico

Santa Fe Summer Cultural Kaleidoscope: Opera, O’Keeffe and More

Attend an opera performance and a flamenco performance, explore unique sites, enjoy the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and learn the story of Santa Fe from the experts who live here.
6 days
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Program No. 11298 RJ
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During the summer months, Santa Fe is transformed into a lively cultural phenomenon. Learn about the centuries-old history of the area, including how Native American and Spanish contributions influenced architecture, art and cuisine. Attend a performance at the Santa Fe Opera and see a performance by a local flamenco troupe. Enjoy classes on New Mexico art and learn about local arts and culture on field trips.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend a performance at the Santa Fe Opera and attend a performance by a local flamenco troupe.
  • Trace Santa Fe’s fascinating history, multicultural diversity and art from early traditional styles to present-day contemporary gems.
  • Take a field trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe Home & Studio in Abiquiu.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Tony Hillerman (Editor)
A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.
Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico, A Sense of Place
by Barbara Buhler Lynes, Lesley Poling-Kempes, Frederick Turner
A catalogue of O'Keeffe paintings pairing 20 original images with modern photographs of the landscapes depicted by the curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Map
by MapEasy
A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque. Size: 18x27 inches.
A Painter's Kitchen, Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Margaret Wood, Michael O'Shaughnessy (Photographer)
An illustrated cookbook featuring Georgia O'Keeffe's recipes and art from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.
Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City
by David Grant Noble (Editor)
A revised edition of of this classic history of Santa Fe to the mid-nineteenth century, featuring essays by ten scholars and hundreds of archival photographs, drawings and maps.
Feast of Santa Fe, Cooking of the American Southwest
by Huntley Dent
An easy-to-follow introduction to the cuisine of the Southwest written by a cooking school instructor.
The Metropolitan Opera Stories of the Great Operas
by John Freeman, Beverly Sills (Introduction)
A two-volume, boxed collection of the complete plots for 225 operas, authorized by the Metropolitan Opera.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
Southwest photographer Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces in this full-color coffee table book.
The Lost World of the Old Ones, Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest
by David Roberts
A fascinating look at prehistoric civilization in the Four Corners region. Roberts goes deep into the Southwest backcountry to find yet-undiscovered ruins of the Ancestral Puebloans, known by their modern descendants as The Old Ones. A fascinating book, which, at its heart, is a great mystery story.
Santa Fe
by Gene Peach
Filled with the dynamic culture of Santa Fe (a uniquely wonderful piece of the USA) this book of images moves through the seasons, capturing summer’s low-rider cars, autumn’s harvest, spring’s bursting of color and much more in The City Different.
The Myth of Santa Fe, Creating a Modern Regional Tradition
by Chris Wilson
By exploring Santa Fe's architectural style, public ceremonies, historic preservation movement and cultural traditions, Eilson unravels the complex interactions of ethnic identity and tourist image making.
Fodor's In Focus Santa Fe
by Fodor's
A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining.
Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera
by Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo (Introduction)
A well-written introduction to opera, this volume includes a brief history of the art form, a guide to operatic terms and a review of 11 famous operas.
Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather
Based in part on the life of Bishop Jean Baptiste L'Amy, this classic novel of missionary life in New Mexico is rich in the texture of Old Santa Fe and New Mexican landscapes.
A History of Opera
by Carolyn Abbate
Filled with insights and arguments, meditations and composer biographies, this passionate genealogy of opera has been praised by the Times of London as "The best single volume ever written on the subject."
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
Traditional Arts of Spanish New Mexico: The Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art
by Robin Farwell Gavin
This compilation of more than 100 items from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe offers good insight into Spanish colonial art in New Mexico.
Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Susanne Page
Featuring color photographs of the basketry, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and carvings of 200 noted artists, this book is both a collector's guide and cultural history of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo peoples and other native peoples.
The Penguin Concise Guide to Opera
by Amanda Holden
An essential reference for the opera enthusiast. Well organized, with short descriptions of plots, characters, performances and historical background.
Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Laura Lisle
Lisle shows how O'Keeffe was both changed and inspired by her Southwestern surroundings in this insightful biography of Georgia O'Keeffe.

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