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New Mexico

Opera Extravaganza: The Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

Program No. 11299RJ
Attend five 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.

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DATES & PRICES

Main Floor Seats Orchestra Seats
Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2024
Main Floor Seats 4,399
Orchestra Seats 5,099
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances on Tuesday - Saturday nights: Righteous, Elixir, Traviata, Rosenkavalier, Giovanni.

Aug 5 - Aug 12, 2024
SOLD OUT
Main Floor Seats 4,399
Orchestra Seats 5,099
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances on Tuesday - Saturday nights: Don Giovanni, The Righteous, Der Rosenkavalier, The Elixir of Love, La Traviata.

Filling Fast!
Aug 12 - Aug 19, 2024
Main Floor Seats 4,899
Orchestra Seats 5,599
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances in the following order on Tuesday - Saturday nights: The Righteous, The Elixir of Love, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni, La Traviata. This departure falls over Santa Fe Indian Market weekend, the largest juried Indian Arts and Crafts show in the world.

Jul 28 - Aug 4, 2025
Main Floor Seats 4,599
Orchestra Seats 5,349
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2024 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This program will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera. The operas attended will be determined when the Santa Fe Opera announces its 2025 season.

Aug 4 - Aug 11, 2025
Main Floor Seats 4,599
Orchestra Seats 5,349
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2024 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This program will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera. The operas attended will be determined when the Santa Fe Opera announces its 2025 season.

Aug 11 - Aug 18, 2025
Main Floor Seats 4,999
Orchestra Seats 5,749
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2024 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This program will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera. The operas attended will be determined when the Santa Fe Opera announces its 2025 season.

DATES & PRICES

Main Floor Seats Orchestra Seats
Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2024
Main Floor Seats 5,499
Orchestra Seats 6,199
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances on Tuesday - Saturday nights: Righteous, Elixir, Traviata, Rosenkavalier, Giovanni.

Aug 5 - Aug 12, 2024
SOLD OUT
Main Floor Seats 5,499
Orchestra Seats 6,199
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances on Tuesday - Saturday nights: Don Giovanni, The Righteous, Der Rosenkavalier, The Elixir of Love, La Traviata.

Filling Fast!
Aug 12 - Aug 19, 2024
Main Floor Seats 6,379
Orchestra Seats 7,079
Itinerary Note

This departure attends Santa Fe Opera performances in the following order on Tuesday - Saturday nights: The Righteous, The Elixir of Love, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni, La Traviata. This departure falls over Santa Fe Indian Market weekend, the largest juried Indian Arts and Crafts show in the world.

Jul 28 - Aug 4, 2025
Main Floor Seats 5,749
Orchestra Seats 6,499
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2024 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This program will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera. The operas attended will be determined when the Santa Fe Opera announces its 2025 season.

Aug 4 - Aug 11, 2025
Main Floor Seats 5,749
Orchestra Seats 6,499
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2024 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This program will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera. The operas attended will be determined when the Santa Fe Opera announces its 2025 season.

Aug 11 - Aug 18, 2025
Main Floor Seats 6,479
Orchestra Seats 7,229
Special Offer

Enroll by Sept. 30, 2024 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This program will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera. The operas attended will be determined when the Santa Fe Opera announces its 2025 season.

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 of 35 for many activities. Small group assignments will be made approximately one month prior to the program start date. If you are traveling with companions who are not your roommate and you would like to be grouped together, please list their names on your “Personal Information & Preferences” in your Road Scholar “My Account” page.” Approximately two weeks prior to the program departure you will receive an email with your group assignment and Group Leader information. 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.
Featured Expert
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Oliver Prezant
Oliver Prezant is a lecturer and educator for the Santa Fe Opera and has presented for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Guilds of the San Francisco Opera, and other organizations. He was the music director/conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and a faculty member of the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. 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 is a lecturer and educator for the Santa Fe Opera and has presented for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Guilds of the San Francisco Opera, and other organizations. He was the music director/conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and a faculty member of the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School and is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
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Christopher Gibson is an award-winning artist, writer, and arts educator who makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work includes the Cuentos del Camino series on lower Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and mixed-media installations at numerous museums in New Mexico and California. Over the years, he has written several articles on Hispanic arts and culture for the magazines "Tradición Revista" and "Imagen."
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Elizabeth Mesh View biography
Elizabeth Mesh is an educator, artist and actor with a master’s and license in art therapy. She has led thousands of people at the SITE Santa Fe art museum. She has also been on over 20 film and TV sets in New Mexico. Biking, hiking, blue skies and clean air make New Mexico a place she loves to share. Elizabeth has been teaching traditional and expressive art for two decades and has been featured on the Home and Garden Network Television’s segment “That’s Clever!”
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Gail True received her first passport when she was seven months old. She spent most of her career working in Human Resources for retail organizations and hospitals. Gail has lived in Arizona, Northern and Southern California, and in West Africa during her time in the Peace Corps. Her travels have taken her to more than 30 countries with plans to visit many more. She looks forward to getting to know her fellow Road Scholars, and to sharing the history and beauty of the true West.
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Sherry Moon is a certified interpreter for the profession of heritage interpretation and an experienced group leader. She has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and has taught communication and art. For nearly 20 years, she has been a group leader specializing in the Southwest and Alaska/Yukon. As president of the Rocky Mountain Guides Association, she is regarded as a local expert. Her interests include the arts, history, heritage, geology, reading, outdoor activities, and socializing with friends.
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Ellen Morris Bond has spent most of her adult years in northern New Mexico, graduating from the University of New Mexico Honors Program. She completed a Master’s Degree in Community Development at University of California-Davis. As a non-profit director, Ellen forged strong collaborations with local and regional organizations such as health councils, community foundations, tribal groups, hospitals, public schools, rural health clinics, and faith groups. She now volunteers with the local acequia/water organization and leads art and architecture groups at La Fonda of Santa Fe.
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Jolene Catron View biography
Jolene Catron, who leads groups in the Mountain West and National Parks, weaves a rich tapestry of indigenous heritage into the fabric of the area's history. She strives to foster understanding and appreciation for the profound cultural and environmental significance of the places she leads in. During the offseason you can find her driving her taxi, listening to music, and crocheting. She is a military veteran and a citizen of the Navajo Nation with family ties to the Pueblos of Zuni and Laguna.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.





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