Summer Santa Fe Travel Event Highlight: The Santa Fe Opera

Enhancements provided by Santa Fe Opera

The Santa Fe Opera is world reknown for performances featuring apprentices, unique interpretations, and it’s stunning architectural property. I must confess, it’s something that we highly recommend to Santa Fe visitors in July and August. If you’ve never seen an Opera Performance, Santa Fe is a great place to introduce yourself. If you’re an Opera Enthusiast then Santa Fe Opera will be a good addition to your repertoire of performance viewings. Santa Fe’s nickname is “The City Different” and thus the tradition is carried on throughout many Santa Fe cultural events- including the Santa Fe Opera performances. Other unique opportunities the Opera offers to make your visit memorable are as follows:

Backstage Tours

Discover how an opera production comes together! The “behind-the-scenes” tour explores many a production and front-of-house areas. Tours for 2017 season will be offered once daily at 9:00 am, Monday through Friday: May 29, through August 25, 2017. Meet at the Box Office for a 1 hour tour.  Reservations are not required. For more information, please call Santa Fe Opera directly at 1-800-280-4654

Ranch Tours

An extended tour of the grounds, known as the “Opera Ranch,” meets at the Box Office at 10:00 am, on June 30th, July 28th and August 25th in 2017, and includes a “Meet the Artist” presentation by one of our apprentice singers. The Ranch Tour is $10.

Reservations are not required. 

Opera Insider Days

A free event hosted by The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera on Saturdays (June 3– August 26, 2017). At 8:30 am, join us for coffee, juice and pastries followed by a lively talk about a particular area or opera-related craft from an opera insider, and concluding with a tour of the backstage. For those attending with children, ask about our scavenger hunt.

Reservations are not required.

Prelude Talks

Your road map for that evening’s performance, these talks are complementary to ticket holders and are held in Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances. The first talk is given two hours before the performance and the second is one hour before. For best availability and due to popularity, the first talk is recommended.

Prelude Talks are not offered on June 30, 2017, or before Apprentice Scenes.

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Opera Shop

You’ll find gifts for all ages and in all price ranges throughout the season. The Opera Shop also hosts a number of artist signings, giving you the chance to meet your favorite singers in person.
Opera Shop Hours (May 29–August 26, 2017)
Monday–Saturday         10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Performance Evenings     10:00 am – through intermission and post-performance

Family nights

Family Nights makes coming to the opera a more accessible experience for all, providing an incredible opportunity for families to purchase tickets that would normally cost $100 or more.


505-986-5900 – or – 800-280-4654

In-Season Hours (mid-June through August): Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, Mountain Time
Off-Season Hours (September through mid-June): Monday Through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, Mountain Time

Information provided thanks to The Santa Fe Opera Website- please contact the Opera directly if you have specific questions regarding opportunities. Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn provides affordable downtown Santa Fe accommodations with Free parking to Guests of the Santa Fe Opera 2017 season- Enjoy!