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New Mexico

Opera Extravaganza: The Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

Program No. 11299RJ
Attend live performances and enjoy expert discussions on Santa Fe’s opera scene as you take in the museums, plazas and unique sites of this historic city.
Length
8 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
3,899

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DATES & PRICES

Main Floor Seats Orchestra Seats
Accommodation Details

Includes seating on the main floor at ticketed performances.

Accommodation Details

Includes orchestra section seating at ticketed performances.

Jul 30 - Aug 6, 2023
Main Floor Seats 3,899
Orchestra Seats 4,499
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances in the following order on Monday - Friday nights: The Flying Dutchman, Tosca, Orfeo, Pelleas et Melisande, Rusalka.

Aug 6 - Aug 13, 2023
Main Floor Seats 3,899
Orchestra Seats 4,499
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances in the following order on Monday - Friday nights: Tosca, Rusalka, Pelleas et Melisande, The Flying Dutchman, Orfeo.

Aug 14 - Aug 21, 2023
Main Floor Seats 3,999
Orchestra Seats 4,599
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances in the following order on Tuesday - Saturday nights: The Flying Dutchman, Orfeo, Rusalka, Pelleas et Melisande, Tosca. This departure falls over Santa Fe Indian Market weekend, the largest juried Indian Arts and Crafts show in the world.

DATES & PRICES

Main Floor Seats Orchestra Seats
Accommodation Details

Includes seating on the main floor at ticketed performances.

Accommodation Details

Includes orchestra section seating at ticketed performances.

Jul 30 - Aug 6, 2023
Main Floor Seats 4,849
Orchestra Seats 5,349
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances in the following order on Monday - Friday nights: The Flying Dutchman, Tosca, Orfeo, Pelleas et Melisande, Rusalka.

Aug 6 - Aug 13, 2023
Main Floor Seats 4,849
Orchestra Seats 5,349
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances in the following order on Monday - Friday nights: Tosca, Rusalka, Pelleas et Melisande, The Flying Dutchman, Orfeo.

Aug 14 - Aug 21, 2023
Main Floor Seats 5,149
Orchestra Seats 5,649
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances in the following order on Tuesday - Saturday nights: The Flying Dutchman, Orfeo, Rusalka, Pelleas et Melisande, Tosca. This departure falls over Santa Fe Indian Market weekend, the largest juried Indian Arts and Crafts show in the world.

At a Glance

Explore the wonders of the opera world as you experience this season's productions of the Santa Fe Opera and enjoy the exciting combination of music, theater, writing, art and dance. Program lectures will inform you about the composer, music, singers and the story of each work you experience.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Getting on and off the motorcoach. Walking up to two miles over the course of the day on paved and unpaved surfaces. Standing up to one hour at a time. Negotiating at least one flight of stairs.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Attend an array of staged productions starring some of the finest singers from the U.S. and abroad in a spectacular open-air amphitheater.
  • Enjoy a Santa Fe city field trip and explore the museums at world-renowned Museum Hill.
  • Dive deep into each production with daily presentations by our expert Opera instructor.

General Notes

Program limited to 70 participants, divided into two smaller groups for many activities. Upgraded seats available. Each program attends all five performances presented by the Santa Fe Opera; the itinerary varies by program according to the Opera's performance schedule.
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lost World of the Old Ones
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Santa Fe Map
by MapEasy
A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque. Size: 18x27 inches.
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.
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8 days
7 nights
16 meals
7 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Santa Fe
D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Remember to bring your Road Scholar name tag (sent previously). This program takes place at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level, so all physical activity, including walking and climbing stairs, will be more challenging than at sea level.

Afternoon: Program Registration, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Orientation, 5:00 p.m.: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. It is recommended to book dinners on your own in advance. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Participants will be assigned to one of two groups. If you are traveling with someone and wish to be grouped with them, please be sure to identify each other on your participant information and preferences. You will not be able to change groups after arriving at the program.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Opera Class, Santa Fe Plaza, Tosca Performance
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling approximately 15 miles for 1/2 hour driving to/from the opera house; walking up to a mile including several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera; varied terrain. Please note that the exploration of the Plaza area involves walking several blocks over paved, often uneven terrain with inclines. If you are unable to walk, you'll need to arrange for your own transportation via Uber, Lyft or pedi-cab.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: We'll be joined by our expert instructor in the hotel meeting room who will lead a discussion about tonight's opera. Each day we'll have the opportunity to dive deep into each production, examining the story, composer, music, and performers with our opera expert.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Our Group Leader will lead us on an exploration of Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the lovely Loretto Chapel with its intriguing spiral staircase, and other sites as time permits. We'll return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: As we will before each performance, we'll board our motorcoach and depart from the hotel at 7:15 p.m. for the Santa Fe Opera house. Tonight's performance will be "Tosca." We expect to return to the hotel by approximately 12:00 a.m.

DAY
3
Opera Class, Opera Backstage Visit, Rusalka Performance
Santa Fe
B,L
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling approximately 30 miles for 1 hour driving to/from the opera house; walking up to 1 mile including several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera; varied terrain. The backstage visit involves walking uphill and several flights of stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, our expert will debrief last night’s performance and discuss tonight's opera.

Lunch: At a popular local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to the Santa Fe Opera House for a docent-led backstage exploration. As we go behind the scenes to see the production areas, we'll gain a better understanding of all of the parts and processes involved in producing the beautiful performances we'll see this week. We’ll return to the hotel for some down time before dinner.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost so that you can enjoy what you wish or sample the local fare. Santa Fe is known for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings. Not to be confused with "Tex-Mex," New Mexican cuisine is a fusion of Native American and Spanish influences. There are a number of fine restaurants within walking distance of the Santa Fe Plaza. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions. (Advance reservations recommended.)

Evening: We will depart at 7:15 p.m. for tonight's performance of "Rusalka" at the Santa Fe Opera. We expect to return to the hotel by approximately 12:00 a.m.

DAY
4
Opera Class, Free Time, Pelleas et Melisande Performance
Santa Fe
B
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling approximately 15 miles for 1/2 hour driving to/from the opera house; walking up to 1 mile including several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera; varied terrain. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, our expert will debrief last night’s performance and discuss tonight's opera.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: We will depart at 7:15 p.m. for tonight's performance of "Pelleas et Melisande" at the Santa Fe Opera. We expect to return to the hotel by approximately 12:00 a.m.

DAY
5
Opera Class, Museum Hill, The Flying Dutchman Performance
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; traveling approximately 15 miles for 1/2 hour driving to/from the opera house; walking from several hundred feet up to a mile over paved and unpaved terrain over the course of the day; walking several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera; standing for up to two hours at museums.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, our expert will debrief last night’s performance and discuss tonight's opera.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll board our coach and depart for Museum Hill for self-directed visits to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry, and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented. The Museum of International Folk Art's holdings constitute the largest collection of international folk art in the world, including wings featuring some of the 106,000 pieces donated by collectors Alexander and Susan Girard and Lloyd Cotsen's Neutrogena collection. Returning to the hotel, we’ll have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We will depart at 7:15 p.m. for tonight's performance of "The Flying Dutchman" at the Santa Fe Opera. We expect to return to the hotel by approximately 12:00 a.m.

DAY
6
Opera Class, NM Museum of Art, Orfeo Performance
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; traveling approximately 15 miles for 1/2 hour driving to/from the opera house; walking and standing for up to one hour at museums; walking several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, our expert will debrief last night’s performance and discuss tonight's opera.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll walk a few blocks to the New Mexico Museum of Art for a docent-led visit. Since its opening in 1917 the New Mexico Museum of art has been an iconic architectural landmark in downtown Santa Fe. It has demonstrated that the heart of a people is reflected in the art of place. The museum was launched with an open-door policy that invited New Mexico-based artists to exhibit their works. This progressive policy inspired a vibrant museum environment where the art of established and emerging artists shared space and conversation while engaging viewers in their distinctive cultural expressions. In showcasing a broad range of art and artists, from Native American to Hispanic to European, the museum made every piece and every person welcome. Returning to the hotel, we’ll have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We will depart at 7:15 p.m. for tonight's performance of "Orfeo" at the Santa Fe Opera. We expect to return to the hotel by approximately 12:00 a.m.

DAY
7
Opera Class, Free Time, Farewell Dinner
Santa Fe
B,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Walking over the course of the day. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, our expert instructor will present a final wrap-up of last night's opera and will debrief our week of performances.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At our program closing in the meeting room, we'll share our experiences and say farewell to new friends.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Santa Fe
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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