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- Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The Santa Fe Opera House is a world-renowned venue that plays host to a variety of operas each summer. The company has presented operas – comedies, dramas, tragedies and more – every summer since 1957. The venue itself is an open-air theater surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges, which means it offers some gorgeous views, and it can accommodate around 2,200 spectators. Patrons can arrive up to three hours prior to the show and many often do, specifically to tailgate in the surrounding parking lots with picnics, gourmet meals and drinks. (The opera also offers special dining options like premade tailgate picnics and preview buffet dinners for a set price.)
Recent visitors offered plenty of praise for the Santa Fe Opera, saying the singers were impressive and that the setting is quite picturesque. Travelers and residents agree that tailgating is a must – people are dressed to the nines, sipping on Champagne and savoring "chic eats," so plan to bring some food and drinks to enjoy. Some warn that you may experience thunderstorms, but that the lightning makes for an even more dramatic backdrop during the show.
Located about 8 miles north of downtown Santa Fe, the opera house welcomes visitors for performances and backstage tours. Opera season runs from July through August; because the opera is such a popular activity, you should book your tickets well in advance. Tickets can be purchased through the box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) Monday to Friday, and are also available online. An individual ticket can cost anywhere from $37 to upward of $200. Hour-long behind-the-scenes tours are available from late May through August. Tours cost $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, kids and young adults up to 22 can tour for free. The venue also offers on-site parking for free. For additional information on the Santa Fe Opera and the Opera House, visit its website.
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