The Santa Fe Opera – Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Where the Desert Sunset Almost Steals the Show

Founded in 1957 and going from strength to strength ever since, the Santa Fe Opera has earned a reputation for presenting innovative, varied, and risk­-taking programs, with a repertoire that combines classics, rarely heard works, and frequent American and world premieres.

In addition to promising well-known interna­tional talents, the company is also known for discovering tomorrow’s great voices. But is it the music or the setting that’s the real draw? Performances are given in an ingenious indoor-outdoor amphitheater that’s carved into a hillside, its glorious setting maximizing the drama of the encroaching Sangre de Cristo Mountains and inspiring both the performers and the sophisticated audience, many of whom have traveled far to get there.

Black-tie opening nights are launched with an elegant tailgate party in the opera parking lot, catered by the city’s best restaurants.

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