The Santa Fe Opera: July 31 - August 5, 2017
Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 season will be the company’s 61st, 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.
This year, all five are new productions – one a world premiere – a remarkable accomplishment when many other houses are forced to curtail their plans for reasons of austerity. We are including all five operas because there is none that we would want to miss during General Director Charles Mackay’s ninth. Mr. Mackay’s outstanding record as the head of Opera Theatre of St. Louis made him a unanimously popular choice to succeed Richard Gaddes, who retired from Santa Fe in 2009. 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 concerti of Telemann, Vivaldi and Bach.
In chronological order of composition, the operas will begin with Handel’s Alcina (1735), among a handful of his most important 18th century works. Next is Donizetti’s lyric tragedy Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), one of the enduring classics of the ‘bel canto’ repertory; followed by Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (1874), the most popular of all Viennese operettas. From the early 20th century, Santa Fe will mount their first-ever production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian fantasy, The Golden Cockerel (1907). Finally, the company has once again commissioned a bold new work which has already captured the attention of the operatic world – The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, by the team of composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. 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 venue for assuming new and adventurous roles. This year’s casting will include a number of today’s sought-after singers: Elza van den Heever, Anna Christy, Alek Shrader and Christian Van Horn in ‘Alcina’; Brenda Rae and Mario Chang in ‘Lucia’; Jane Archibald, Kurt Streit, Dimitri Pittas and Susan Graham in ‘Fledermaus’; Venera Gimadieva, Meredith Arwady and Eric Owens in ‘Golden Cockerel’; and Sasha Cooke and Edward Parks in ‘Steve Jobs’.
This summer, our carefully selected sightseeing excursions will include a return visit (after several years) to the Gallery of Roxanne Swentzell, the masterful potter/sculptor whose home in Pojoaque attracts art-lovers from all over the world; and a first visit to the home and studio of contemporary artist Lawrence Fodor in his Santa Fe studio/residence. Both of these private excursions will avoid the area’s more obvious sites which are overcrowded with summer tourists.
Santa Fe’s downtown neighborhood surrounding the historic Plaza is now in pristine condition following the city’s 400th Anniversary celebration in 2010. There will be ample free time to explore the Plaza and to visit a number of 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: $4,130
Single Occupancy: $5,015