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“World-famous opera in glorious outdoor setting”

Santa Fe Opera House
Ranked #2 of 276 things to do in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A beautiful outdoor venue that offers music festivals in July and August.
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Even non-opera buffs will find themselves captivated here! English translations are shown at each individual seat so it's hard not to become an enthusiast. The setting is perfect and the performances unsurpassed. Wide range of seat prices and a small enough venue to ensure good viewing from every seat. It's a must do!

6  Thank 2lovenlearn
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I worked at the Santa Fe Opera for many moons...retired the end of 2011 and now I can enjoy all the fabulous productions as a "civilian"...John Crosby picked the perfect spot and his legacy lives on with all the people behind and in front of the scene making this a world class opera house. The co mingling of man made and god made lighting as well as the settings are incredible not too mention the great apprentice programs and the star studded casts. Definitely a wonderful experience in every way. It is most magical.

4  Thank Jeanne B
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

I originally didn't want to spend the money to see an opera at Santa Fe, but my voice teacher told me that I absolutely had to see an opera there. He's sang there, his daughter has been an apprentice there for two years, and he said to absolutely make sure I wear a coat and to just get a cheap seat. Well, I'm a bad listener. I went and saw The Marriage of Figaro. I bought a close seat far off to the right side (mid-priced) and it was a great show. i'd have preferred to sit in the center, but it was fantastic. They put a lot of work into the show and it paid off. There were small details to the scenery that must have been an absolute pain to do each and every show, but it really made an impact. I didn't wear a coat. I about froze in my suit and tie. Go see it for the amazing show and to see the sunset behind the stage. That sunset is an image that you'll never forget.

4  Thank FastidiousFoodie
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

I was fortunate enough to attend an opera this last season in August here. This is an extremely unique and once in a lifetime experience that is a must see for Opera lovers and for Non-Opera lovers alike. Since the theatre is outdoors, there is such an added bonus of being able to see the sunset in the background and the mountains. It adds something to the opera that you are there to see. Truly magnificent. It is even better if you get to see a monsoon in the distance. It makes for a great feeling of appreciating the beautiful Santa Fe scenery and environment!

The staff is extremely helpful and friendly and the opera lineup is always so great. Do not worry if it rains, you will not get wet, there is coverage, unless it is really bad and windy, then you will and they will most likely stop the opera. Take a jacket and be prepared for it to get cool as it does cool down at night in Santa Fe and you are outside after all. There are great translator screens that you can turn off if you do not wish to see or leave on. Also, ladies, if you choose to wear heels, there are some steps within the venue, which is not the hard part, but getting down to the House from the parking lot is where it can get tricky. Mountainous terrain, get it? Be careful and wear comfy shoes! The good part is that not everyone is dressed over the top. People are dressed nice, but casual nice, so do not feel like you have to whip out your highest Louboutins and a long gown with a train. Dress nice, it is a nice venue, but remember, you will be walking in mountainous terrain. I wore high wedges. I was fine, but next time, I might just opt of really fancy flats. In the parking lot there is a lot of opportunity for beautiful photo-ops, so remember your camera or just have your iPhone camera ready!

This venue is truly magnificent and magical. It is a must see. I cannot wait to return!

6  Thank LaughingD
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

Just north of town and sitting atop a towering overlook is the Santa Fe Opera House. The SFOH is a gem in Santa Fe, and the reviews below gushing about 'world class', 'one-of-a-kind', etc., are not off the mark. We try to hit at least one opera every year at SFOH, and enjoy the performances and the venue immensely.

Thank Tradr62
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