Santa Fe Opera with a View and Tailgating Too!

Minesh Bacrania, Photographer

Not that you ever need an excuse to visit Santa Fe with its perfect summer weather, vibrant art scene, and some of the best restaurants in the nation, but, just in case, The Santa Fe Opera is as good of a reason as any. Running from early July to late August since 1957, this is Santa Fe at its finest.

The Setting
Santa Fe Opera image
John P. Fullingim, Photographer

Set in a fascinating and contemporary, open-air amphitheater nestled in the hillside just outside of town, you’ll find outstanding acoustics along with perfect sunsets and panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see a world-class performance while the sun sets in full view! Each season five works are presented with a varied repertoire of new, rarely performed, and standard works, even world premieres. The 2016 season includes La Fanciulla del West, Don Giovanni, Roméo et Juliette, Capriccio, and Vanessa.

Tailgate and More
Santa Fe Opera tailgaiting by Kate Russell
Kate Russell, Photographer

No one can accuse the Santa Fe community of not having fun, and the traditional pre-opera tailgating party in the parking lot before the performance is a highlight. Bring along your own food or opt for delicious picnic suppers that can be pre-ordered and grabbed on arrival. Here is the 2016 Picnic Supper menu.

Santa Fe Opera Tailgating image

You’ll love some of the clever ways guests celebrate the evening’s opera—here is a group on opening night for Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West whose setting is a California Gold Rush town. As you can see they are dressed the part as miners and sheriffs; they even brought along a singing canary. Clever, clever!

Another great pre-opera choice is the Preview Buffet in the opera’s open-air cantina with dinner and wine along with a guest opera expert who gives a talk about the evening’s performance during dessert.

Nearby Luxury Accommodations
Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe guestroom image
Courtesy of Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

Now, if you are looking for a luxury hotel close to the Opera then definitely choose the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Just a 10-minute drive away, the resort’s 65 spacious casita guestrooms each come with a fireplace and super views. Better yet, the Four Seasons is just a 5-minute drive to the very best green enchiladas in town at Tesuque Village Market. No car, no worries—the resort’s shuttle will be more than happy to take you there.

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