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Warm up those pipes, because it’s almost time for opera season in Santa Fe!

Santa Fe Opera House

While we love showing off the natural wonders and splendor of New Mexico, we at Touch the Southwest also love the culture and art of the area. That’s why we’re so excited about the upcoming season of the Santa Fe Opera!

An Operatic History

Before becoming the artistic powerhouse it is today, the Santa Fe Opera was originally only 76 sparse acres. Previous incarnations had included a pinto bean plantation, a mink farm, and a pig farm. When founder John O. Crosby first visited, it was a rustic but comfortable guest ranch that had welcomed many musical luminaries — including conductors Efrem Kurtz, Fritz Reiner, Joseph Rosenstock, and Herbert von Karajan, and the married duo of soprano Lily Pons and conductor André Kostelanetz.

Through the years, one thing has stayed the same, even as the grounds have grown and new buildings have sprung up: the unparalleled acoustics. They are as fine today as when Crosby and acoustician Jack Purcell rode over the grounds in a Jeep — or as some oral history has it, on horses — and fired guns (or perhaps a yacht cannon) to find the ideal sonic “bowl” in which to site the house.Those acoustics serve a vastly varied and still growing repertory. The 15th world premiere came in 2017, with The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell.

Santa Fe’s site is like no other. Early on, TIME magazine called the complex “one of the handsomest operatic settings in the Western Hemisphere.” To The New Yorker, it was “A miracle in the desert.” More recently, The Washington Post dubbed it a “shining white cloud in the red hills.” To The Wall Street Journal, the company “…feels like the Rolls- Royce of American summer opera festivals.” And thePhiladelphia Inquirer has lauded it as “one of the most beloved venues in the country.” With recent major renovations just being completed, such tributes carry even more power.

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2019 Opera Season

The Santa Fe Opera is proud to present shows such as La Bohème, The Pearl Fishers, Così Fan Tutte, Jenůfa, The Thirteenth Child, and more. Click here to check out their calendar for a full schedule of events so you can incorporate an incredible show into your next visit to Santa Fe.

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