Santa Fe Opera

Written by Abby Luttrell
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On your next visit to New Mexico, be sure to make time for the Santa Fe Opera. A world-class opera company begun in 1957 by John Crosby, the Santa Fe Opera prides itself on presenting new works as well as obscure classics. The 480-seat opera house is open air, under the New Mexico stars.

2003 Opera Season

The operas for the 2003 season reflect the adventuresome and eclectic taste of founder John Crosby. Presented in the summer of 2003 are Janacek's "Katya Kabanova", Strauss' "Intermezzo", as well as the world premiere of "Madame Mao" by Bright Sheng. More conventional tastes will be satisfied by Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte".

The opera's spiritual founder is Igor Stravinsky, whose opera "The Rake's Progress" was presented under his supervision in one of the first seasons. Stravinsky lived in Santa Fe for more than a decade. The operas are presented in the eye-catching modern theatre, which has cable-suspended roofs. The backdrop is a panorama of the Jemez and Sangre de Christo mountains.

Also recommended is Festival Santa Fe, a summer event in Santa Fe which includes dance, theatre, opera, and choral and chamber music. Be sure to make a reservation in the best Santa Fe accommodations far in advance, as these musical events are popular. For discount lodging in Santa Fe, New Mexico, consider a Santa Fe bed and breakfast or a vacation rental.

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