We decided to book the entire experience… the buffet dinner (which included an engaging synopsis of the evening’s opera by a knowledgeable author) in addition to the opera. I can see why the Santa Fe Opera is so highly rated on Tripadvisor! Every detail was exquisite – the buffet meal was delicious, the author’s keynote was entertaining and informative, the venue breathtaking, and the talent of the musicians and performers was first-rate. We saw “Marriage of Figaro”, a 4-act opera but acts 1 & 2 were combined and acts 3 & 4 were combined. Even so, we didn’t leave the venue until midnight! The opera is timed to begin just at sunset. There is no backdrop to the stage, and no side walls to the venue, so you are gazing at the beautiful New Mexico sunset over the mountains as the opera begins. Mother Nature also entertained us with a storm that evening, the thunder and lightning adding to the drama on-stage! (You won’t get wet though, there is a covering overhead.) Do NOT miss this Santa Fe gem if you are there during the season.