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New Mexico

Opera Extravaganza: The Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

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.
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Program No. 11299RJ
Length
8 days
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3,279
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New Mexico

Opera Extravaganza: The Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

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
Starts at
3,279
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Program No. 11299 RJ
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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 31 - Aug 7, 2022
Main Floor Seats 3,279
Orchestra Seats 3,929
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2021 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This departure will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera and be eight days in length.”

Aug 7 - Aug 14, 2022
Main Floor Seats 3,279
Orchestra Seats 3,929
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2021 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This departure will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera and be eight days in length.”

Aug 14 - Aug 21, 2022
Main Floor Seats 3,279
Orchestra Seats 3,929
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2021 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This departure will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera and be eight days in length.”

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 31 - Aug 7, 2022
Main Floor Seats 4,079
Orchestra Seats 4,729
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2021 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This departure will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera and be eight days in length.”

Aug 7 - Aug 14, 2022
Main Floor Seats 4,079
Orchestra Seats 4,729
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2021 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This departure will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera and be eight days in length.”

Aug 14 - Aug 21, 2022
Main Floor Seats 4,079
Orchestra Seats 4,729
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Dec. 31, 2021 to take $250 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

This departure will attend five performances at the Santa Fe Opera and be eight days in length.”

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 most activities. Upgraded seats available.
Featured Expert
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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.
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Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Susanne Page
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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.
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.
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.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
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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.
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.
Feast of Santa Fe, Cooking of the American Southwest
by Huntley Dent
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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.
Death Comes for the Archbishop
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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.
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.
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."
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 Map
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A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque. Size: 18x27 inches.
Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving 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. 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 have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. 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. Transportation for program-related activities will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. If you need a particular seat location, please note this in your PIP no later than three weeks before the program. It is recommended to book meals on your own in advance. 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. 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: We will enjoy a buffet meal at 6:30 p.m. in the hotel meeting room; selections usually include a choice of main course and coffee, tea, water.

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; 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: 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, water.

Morning: At 9:30 a.m., we'll be joined by our expert instructor in the hotel meeting room who will lead a discussion about tonight's opera.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet including a main course, 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 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: 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 "TBA." We expect to return to the hotel at approximately 12:00 a.m.

DAY
3
Opera Class, Backstage Visit, 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, we will enjoy a plated meal from a limited menu, including a selection of main course, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; 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 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 "TBA." We expect to return to the hotel at approximately 12:00 a.m.

DAY
4
Opera Class, Free Time, 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.

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. Please refer to the list of "Free Time Opportunities" included in the pre-program Information Packet that you'll receive 6 weeks before the program starts. 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 "TBA" We expect to return to the hotel at approximately 12:00 a.m.

DAY
5
Opera Class, SITE Santa Fe, Performance
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; 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.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

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

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll board our coach and depart for SITE Santa Fe for a docent-led exploration of the exhibits. SITE Santa Fe which opened in 1995, has been committed to contemporary art, encouraging artistic exploration, and expanding traditional museum experiences. SITE’s year-round schedule of exhibitions serves as a platform to give independent curators the freedom to present unique international exhibitions within the context of the museum that incorporate site-specific projects that may otherwise be difficult to execute in larger institutions.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

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

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

Activity note: Getting on/off coach; driving approximately 50 miles for over an hour over the course of the day; walking and standing for up to two hours 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: We will enjoy a plated meal at a popular local restaurant. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, water included; additional beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will travel to 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: Hotel buffet.

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

DAY
7
Lecture, 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 free time activities 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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