Santa Fe Opera House
Santa Fe Opera House
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A beautiful outdoor venue that offers music festivals in July and August.
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  • SrgnFsh
    Santa Fe, New Mexico593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience
    This opera is magical! It starts with a lecture by a funny lecturer about the opera one is about to see. This is a not to be missed event. Then, for those who planned it, a "tail gate party" in the parking lot. Most people have this as a quite formal event, with candelabras and table cloths on the tables. Then the opera itself is wonderful, with being part outdoor with a view of the mountains in the background. The facility attracts top notch singers and the orchestra is always great. We live in Santa Fe, and go every year! Not to be missed!
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Ellen B
    Bear, Delaware429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an experience!
    Came here is July while visiting my brother and sister in law. We saw The Flying Dutchman. You can come in anything from nice jeans to a tuxedo! I recommend packing a nice picnic and some wine, a table and folding chairs and tailgate your dinner in the parking lot. Almost everyone else was! Allow an hour for dinner and plan to go in about 40 minutes before the show to get a cocktail and people watch. The show itself was amazing - the singers were incredible and the orchestra was fantastic. The stage is open, allowing you to see the sunset and the mountains- amazing. I am not sure there is a bad seat in the house. I also liked that there is a small screen in front of each seat showing a translation of the words - easy to ignore if you want, but helpful if you need it. A truly awesome experience
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • LGardels
    Omaha, Nebraska44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular setting; top quality productions
    Open air seating but roof covers, food and drink options, lovely gift shop. Best singers come to perform favorites in new settings and new and scarce operas. 4 miles out of Santa Fe proper.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Fgmidd
    Cody, Wyoming30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Santa Fe opera is a must do
    A memorable evening. We took the shuttle from LaFonda downtown. We recommend it. Had a wonderful dinner; an excellent talk that introduced us to “The Flying Dutchman”. The performance was superb. Everything about the evening was 5 star.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • pip
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab night out
    We went to the Opera (Tosca) while in Santa Fe New Mexico. Booked the dinner and show which was really easy. Food was good and Opera was Amazing. They have a screen that can only be seen by you to translate, which made it really fun. Highly recommend if you are there in the limited session that you go.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
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mike
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
To begin, it was wonderful being in the “City Different”. Santa Fe is magical. The opera house is a splendid, partially open air facility that offers fantastic views of a southwest sunset just before curtain.
Their orchestra is world class and last night’s conductor did a great job. The villain in Tosca, Scarpia, was played by a fine baritone who did justice to the role. My favorite line comes from him to conclude the first act, when he bellows: “Tosca you make me forget god!”.
I have always believed that sets, lighting, etc. are there to enhance the performance. If one needs to pay attention to these accessories, it’s a problem. It was certainly a problem for this performance. Further, Tosca may be Puccini’s finest work and perhaps one of the best classical Italian operas ever written.
This production decided to “improve” it by bringing it into present day (an electric floor scrubber, men in contemporary suits and ties, etc.) And then there’s the matter of Tosca, a diva, confronting the big brute Scarpia and, instead of stabbing him (as written), she strangles him, after which proclaiming “there is blood on my hands (as written), but now it makes no sense.
There’s a very famous and highly anticipated aria towards the end of the second act which the soprano handled very nicely. Where was she for the rest of the performance? And the tenor, while of good voice, was rather lazy, only reaching his potential in some of the more soaring portions of a few arias.
Oh and instead of tossing herself off the parapet to end the show, this performance raises a ghostlike double who moves slowly off stage while the orchestra swells. Why?
Okay and all that said, it was great to be there. We sat and watched the sun set as a cool breeze wafted through the auditorium and the orchestra thoroughly entertained. It could have been a much better show but first and foremost, opera is about the music since most of the stories are preposterous anyway! And Tosca is truly a musical masterpiece.
Written July 26, 2023
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acorvette4me
Albuquerque, NM63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Opera House Fantastic, the performance so so. The Marriage of Figaro was a lackluster recital. Performers were lethargic, repetitive, the set design was confusing, boring, and brought a starkness to the entire enactment of the great work. This is the first time I have been disappointed in an opera at the Santa Fe Opera House and hope my future experiences are in line with past ones.
Written August 12, 2021
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LMK101
Virginia Beach, VA434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The opera was very entertaining. The parking is well organized and easy to get in and out when the opera is over. The opera house is beautiful. We had seats far up and therefore had some difficulty seeing the faces of the performers, even with binoculars. You are seated close together with other patrons. Restrooms are on easily available. Concessions are on the second level as well as the first.
Written August 15, 2022
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SrgnFsh
Santa Fe, NM593 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This opera is magical! It starts with a lecture by a funny lecturer about the opera one is about to see. This is a not to be missed event. Then, for those who planned it, a "tail gate party" in the parking lot. Most people have this as a quite formal event, with candelabras and table cloths on the tables. Then the opera itself is wonderful, with being part outdoor with a view of the mountains in the background. The facility attracts top notch singers and the orchestra is always great. We live in Santa Fe, and go every year! Not to be missed!
Written June 1, 2023
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LGardels
Omaha, NE44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Open air seating but roof covers, food and drink options, lovely gift shop. Best singers come to perform favorites in new settings and new and scarce operas. 4 miles out of Santa Fe proper.
Written August 5, 2023
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fiamma11
Tysons Corner, VA4,919 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Santa Fe Opera House is a spectacular setting. Watching the opera while seeing the sun set behind is fabulous. The sound quality is amazing for an open air theater. The pre opera talk was great though the meal was a bit pricey. Nonetheless, we were so glad we attended. The parking lot was filled with over the top picnicking with fine crystal and silverware. Santa Fe knows how to attend an opera and make it fun!
Written October 12, 2022
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Ellen B
Bear, DE429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Came here is July while visiting my brother and sister in law. We saw The Flying Dutchman. You can come in anything from nice jeans to a tuxedo! I recommend packing a nice picnic and some wine, a table and folding chairs and tailgate your dinner in the parking lot. Almost everyone else was! Allow an hour for dinner and plan to go in about 40 minutes before the show to get a cocktail and people watch. The show itself was amazing - the singers were incredible and the orchestra was fantastic. The stage is open, allowing you to see the sunset and the mountains- amazing. I am not sure there is a bad seat in the house. I also liked that there is a small screen in front of each seat showing a translation of the words - easy to ignore if you want, but helpful if you need it. A truly awesome experience
Written July 21, 2023
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Adam
Phoenix, AZ5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I really didn’t know what to expect when visiting the opera house but let me tell you that it was amazing. I have only been to one other opera house in my life but this was an eye opener. Beautiful venue and great atmosphere which I enjoyed a lot. The Opera house should definitely be on your travelers list when visiting Santa Fe.
Written August 13, 2020
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Allen M
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Changed times on events with poor communication. Venue is extremely hot with no ventilation. High prices and corner cutting staging. The venue is beautiful but they’ve gone down hill on performance.
Written July 14, 2023
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joe s
Albuquerque, NM4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A beautiful venue with value priced tickets. Sunsets over walls are magnificent. Insects buzzing through the spotlights are interesting. Celebrity, world class famous performers. Great staff and administration. Also, world class pre-performance dinners assisted by local opera guild volunteers.
Written February 9, 2023
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