Santa Fe Opera’s 2018 season will be the company’s 62nd, with a characteristic variety of proven and unfamiliar works. We will include all five major opera productions, with a performance – or a concert – every evening. The open-air opera house offers an experience that no opera enthusiast should miss. Now aesthetically covered and protected from occasional evening showers, the Crosby Theatre is dramatically situated with a spectacular view of the Southwest valley.

We are including all five operas because there is none that we would want to miss during General Director Charles Mackay’s tenth and final season. Mr. Mackay’s outstanding record will be widely celebrated, for his artistic and musical leadership as well as an enviable fiscal responsibility. Three of the works will be mounted in new productions.

The English titles for all five works are displayed on a screen in front of your seat, similar to the optimum solution initiated by the MET.


We will also include a concert by the revered Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in the St. Francis Auditorium, a tradition which has enriched our Tours for many years. The enticing program will feature the Baroque keyboard music of Bach and his contemporaries.

In chronological order of composition, the operas will begin with Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (1813), an enduring comedy of the ‘bel canto’ repertory. Next will be Puccini’s lyric tragedy, Madama Butterfly (1903), which remains among a handful of the most beloved Italian operas. From a few years later, Ariadne auf Naxos (1916) will continue the company’s commitment to the major works of Richard Strauss. Fourth will be Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (originally on Broadway in 1956) in an important staging to mark the Centennial of the composer’s birth. Finally, John Adams’ contemporary melodrama, Doctor Atomic (2005), offers “a perfect fusion of subject and venue . . . with the lights of Los Alamos just a few miles away” (Santa Fe Opera). ‘Candide’ and ‘Doctor Atomic’ will both be company premieres.

Orchestra tickets for three operas will be balanced by locations in the Loge for two performances. In recent years, our tour members have consistently enjoyed the views and acoustics of the Loge seats.

Many of today’s most accomplished artists choose the Santa Fe Opera as an ideal opportunity for assuming new and adventurous roles. This year’s casting will include a number of today’s sought-after singers: Daniela Mack in the coloratura mezzo-soprano title role of ‘L’Italiana’; Ana Maria Martinez reprising her poignant portrayal of ‘Butterfly’ from the MET and Chicago; Amanda Echalaz, Bruce Sledge, Erin Morley, Amanda Majeski and Rod Gilfry comprising a superb Richard Strauss ensemble; Erik Shrader & Brenda Rae (last summer’s dazzling Lucia) as Bernstein’s Candide and Cunegunde; and Ryan McKinny, Julia Bullock, Meredith Arwady & Daniel Okulitch as the principals for ‘Doctor Atomic’.

This summer, our carefully selected sightseeing excursions will include a private visit to the home and studio of artist Judy Tuwaletstiwa in nearby Galisteo; and an all-day visit to Los Alamos to reinforce the timely staging of ‘Doctor Atomic’. After viewing the exhibitions in Los Alamos’ museums, we will continue to the San Ildefonso Pueblo, “one of the best-known of the New Mexico living pueblos” (Rojo Creative Ventures).

There will be ample free time to explore Santa Fe’s colorful Plaza and to visit the city’s major museums.

Our accommodations for six nights will again be at La Posada de Santa Fe. This luxurious resort is now recognized as Santa Fe’s premiere ‘old style’ property, in the quiet atmosphere of a lush garden setting with spacious comfortable rooms and a relaxed outdoor breakfast patio. The location is a few short blocks removed from the city’s bustling Plaza, and a shuttle bus is available for those who prefer not to walk. Adjacent to the outdoor swimming pool is a convenient bar for poolside drinks, salads and sandwiches; and the fully equipped Spa offers massages, wraps and other treatments. Most importantly, this most desirable property preserves the authentic charm of old Santa Fe and an outdoor landscape.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $4,180
Single Occupancy: $5,065