11299
Santa Fe
Opera Extravaganza: The Santa Fe Opera Festival Season
Attend five shows, go backstage 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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Program No. 11299RJ
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6 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Program Registration, Orientation, Introductions, Dinner
Santa Fe
D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. 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 for organizational purposes. If you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be in the same group, PLEASE BE SURE TO IDENTIFY ONE ANOTHER ON YOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM. You will not be able to change groups after arriving at the program. The opera has asked us to advise our participants that they will NOT be allowed to exchange tickets at the box office. After receiving your tickets, you may trade seats with other participants in the program, but you may not make exchanges through the box office. Our seats at the opera are assigned by the box office, and we cannot provide advance information on seat locations. If, however, you require a particular seat location, please notify the Santa Fe office as far in advance as possible, and we will make best efforts to accommodate the request DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.

Dinner: In our hotel meeting room, enjoy a buffet dinner with selection of entrées, fresh seasonal vegetables, dessert, and coffee or tea; other beverages available for purchase.

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, Performance
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 1 mile including several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera; varied terrain.

Breakfast: The hotel's breakfast buffet includes choices such as scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, juices, hot and cold cereals, toast, juice, milk, coffee, tea.

Morning: We'll be joined by our expert instructor who will lead a discussion about tonight's opera, "Die Fledermaus." The instructor is one of our most popular; participants have described him as knowledgeable, funny, exceptional and "FANTASTIC!"

Lunch: At a local restaurant, enjoy choice of entrées, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; additional beverages available for purchase.

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 intriguing Loretto Chapel, and other sites as time permits. We'll then return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: As we will before each performance, we'll board our motorcoach and depart from the hotel at 7:15 p.m. for tonight's performance of Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Die Fledermaus." Considered the greatest example of the Viennese operetta style, "Die Fledermaus" centers on a brilliant masked ball. Pranks are out of control when Gabriel von Eisenstein, not recognizing his wife, attempts to seduce her. Rory Macdonald conducts, with Kurt Streit as Gabriel von Eisenstein, Devon Guthrie as Rosalinde, Eisentstein's wife, Jane Archibald as Adele, Dimitri Pittas as Alfred, Joshua Hopkins as Dr. Falke, Kevin Burdette as the Jailer, and Susan Graham and Paula Murrihy as Prince Orlofsky. We expect to return to the hotel by about 10:30 p.m.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 1 mile, including several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera. Backstage exploration involves walking uphill and several flights of stairs; a less strenuous route is available with advance request to Road Scholar Santa Fe.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll examine tonight's opera, "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs." Following the lecture we'll board our motorcoach and travel to our lunch destination.

Lunch: Plated meal from a limited menu at a popular local restaurant includes selection of entrées, coffee, tea, soft drinks; additional beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to the Santa Fe Opera House for a docent-led backstage exploration. As we go “behind-the-scenes," and 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 and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. If you would like to sample some of the local cuisine at one of Santa Fe's fine restaurants, we recommend making reservations in advance.

Evening: Performance: “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs." This Santa Fe World Premiere explores the spiritual evolution of one of the most influential men of modern times and "captures the buzzing sphere of Silicon Valley with a kinetic electro-acoustic score, an absorbing non-linear narrative, and a high-tech production." We expect to return to the hotel by about 11:00 p.m.

DAY
4
Opera Class, Village of Chimayó, Performance
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; walking up to a mile in Chimayó. Walking several hundred feet to/from opera house, negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our class focuses on the opera for this evening, "Lucia di Lammermoor." After the lecture, we'll board our motorcoach and depart for a visit to the northern New Mexico village of Chimayó.

Lunch: We'll have lunch at Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda. Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles, the fruit of the Capsicum plant; most New Mexican dishes are prepared with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?" If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!") Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage (additional beverages available for purchase.)

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó. This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called "the most important center in the United States for Catholic pilgrimage. A small room called el pocito (the little well) contains a round pit, the source of "holy dirt" (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. An adjacent Prayer Room displays many ex-votos as well as photographs, discarded crutches, and other testimonials of those purportedly healed. We'll also visit a nearby weaving gallery. Many local families have been creating these Hispanic-style weavings for generations, and we'll have the opportunity to see some beautiful pieces created by an award-winning weaver.. We’ll return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Tonight's opera, Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," is the story of a desperate woman who is driven into madness after being caught between her duty to her family and her love for the man who is her family’s enemy. Corrado Rovaris conducts, with Brenda Rae as Lucia, Zachary Nelson as Lord Enrico Ashton and Christian Van Horn as Raimondo Bidebent. We expect to return to the hotel by about 11:30 p.m.

DAY
5
Opera Class, Free Time, Performance
Santa Fe
B
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; walking several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined by our instructor for a class on tonight's opera, "Alcina."

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: George Frideric Handel's "Alcina" is a story of enchantment and romance. Despite being an all-powerful sorceress queen who has created a paradise in order to lure her lovers into her power, Alcina cannot command true love. Harry Bicket conducts, with Elza van den Heever as Alcina, Anna Christy as her sister Morgana, Paula Murrihy as Ruggiero, Daniela Mack as Bradamante, Alek Shrader as Oronte and Christian Van Horn as Melisso. We expect to return to the hotel by about 11:15 p.m.

DAY
6
Opera Class, Museum Hill, Performance
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; walking and standing at museums; walking several hundred feet to/from opera house; negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll learn about tonight's opera, "The Golden Cockerel."

Lunch: Plated meal at a selected restaurant.

Afternoon: An “extracurricular” field trip takes us to Museum Hill for self-directed visits to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of Interntional Folk Art. The MIAC 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 MIFA'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. Given our late return from the opera, you might like to go ahead and prepare for departure after breakfast in the morning.

Dinner: Hotel buffet. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends at our farewell dinner.

Evening: Performance: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Golden Cockerel." Based on a fairy tale by Alexander Pushkin, this political satire masquerading a fairy tale centers around a dim-witted head of state who leads his country into a disastrous war. Emmanuel Villaume conducts, with Eric Owens as Tsar Dadon, Kevin Burdette as General Polkan, Meredith Arwady as Amelfa, Barry Banks as the Astrologer and Venera Gimadieva as Tsaritsa Shemakha. We expect to return to the hotel by about 10:30 p.m.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Santa Fe
B

Activity note: Hotel checkout by 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This meal concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!