11299
New Mexico
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. Please keep in mind that all program activities take place at elevations above 7,000 feet; even routine walking and stair-climbing will be more fatiguing than at sea level. Those with breathing or heart concerns or previous history of altitude sickness should consult with their physician before attending the program.

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, Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly." The instructor is one of our most popular and has been praised by participants 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 "Madame Butterfly" (sung in Italian). After attending a performance of impresario David Belasco’s 1900 dramatization of “Madame Butterfly,” the tragic story of the young Japanese geisha Cio-Cio San and the callous American naval lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, composer Giacomo Pucccini found himself “irresistibly” attracted to its theatricality, resolving to use the story as the basis for his next opera. After an inauspicious debut at La Scala in February 1904, Puccini withdrew it, reopening a revised production to triumphant acclaim later that year. Jader Bignamini conducts, with soprano Ana Maria Martinez as Cio-Cio San, tenor Joshua Guerrero as Lt. Pinkerton and mezzo-soprano Megan Marino as Suzuki. We expect to return to the hotel by 11:30 p.m.

DAY
3
Opera Class, Backstage Visit, 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 visit 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: Oliver Prezant will discuss tonight's opera, Leonard Bernstein's "Candide." 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: "Candide" (sung in English). Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” which opened on Broadway in 1956, revolves around the tale of Candide and his fiancée, Cunegonde. Beginning as eternal optimists, the couple believes that “Everything’s for the best in this best of all possible worlds.” After weathering a sea of woes however— including earthquakes, torture, shipwrecks and warfare— they come to realize that “Life is neither good nor bad. Life is life, and all we know.” Harry Bicket conducts, with tenor Alek Shrader as Candide, soprano Brenda Rae as Cunegonde. We expect to return to the hotel by about 10:30 p.m.

DAY
4
Opera Class, Los Alamos, Performance
Santa Fe
B,L,D
Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe

Activity note: Getting on/off bus; walking up to several blocks and standing in museums in Los Alamos. Walking several hundred feet to/from opera house, negotiating stairs to/from seats at the opera.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning's class focuses on the opera for this evening, Richard Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos."

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll depart for Los Alamos, about 40 miles northwest of Santa Fe, for a visit to the "Atomic City." On arrival, we'll visit the Los Alamos History Museum and the Bradbury Science Museum. Located on "Bathtub Row," where the most important Manhattan Project lab personnel lived, the Los Alamos History Museum presents the stories of Los Alamos from multiple perspectives via indoor and outdoor venues, historic buildings, artifacts, documents, photographs, audio and video recordings of personal stories, and interactive visitor experiences. The Bradbury Science Museum is dedicated to the history of the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb, and contains many original scientific documents and interactive displays. Return to Santa Fe in time for dinner.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Performance: Tonight's opera is Richard Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" (sung in German). Written for 16 soloists and an orchestra of 36 players, Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos is has been described as Strauss’ “most enchanting and wittiest opera, a comic collision of idealism and reality, of backstage grit and onstage glory.” Featuring a play within a play, art meets life during a festive party hosted by the wealthiest man in Vienna. James Gaffigan conducts, with soprano Amanda Echalaz as the Prima Donna/Ariadne, tenor Bruce Sledge as the Tenor/Bacchus and soprano Erin Morley as Zerbinetta. 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, "Dr Atomic."

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: Performance: "Dr. Atomic" (sung in English). Set against the background of the Manhattan Project during June and July 1945, “Dr. Atomic” looks at the moral and ethical conflicts face by J. Robert Oppenheimer and the other scientists responsible for the development and detonation of the first atomic bomb. First performed in 2005, “Dr. Atomic” reunited composer John Adams with librettist/stage director Peter Sellars. This new production, stage by Sellars, marks the first John Adams work to be performed by the Santa Fe Opera, and “promises to be overpowering when performed at a place where you can gaze out at the lights of Los Alamos and at a time when we are all just minutes away from possible destruction. Matthew Aucoin conducts, with baritone Ryan McKinny as Oppenheimer, soprano Julia Bullock as his wife Kitty, tenor Ben Bliss as Robert Wilson and Daniel Okulitch as General Groves. 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, Giachino Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri." We'll then board our motorcoach and depart for our lunch destination.

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: "L'Italiana in Algeri " (The Italian Girl in Algiers; sung in Italian). “L’Italiana in Algeri," an immediate hit on is debut in 1813, is considered one of Gioachino Rossini’s finest and funniest comedies, garnering praise from fans such as Stendahl and Richard Strauss. Courted by three ardent suitors, “The Italian Girl” Isabella must figure out how to liberate her true love, Lindoro, held captive by would-be suitor Mustafa, while fending off Taddeo, yet another hopeful suitor. Needless to say, hijinks ensue. Corrado Rovaris conducts, with mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack as Isabella, tenor Jack Swanson as Lindoro, and bass Scott Conner as Mustafa We expect to return to the hotel by about 11:30 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!






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