Santa Fe Opera Free or Cheap Events

Santa Fe Opera season is of course a highlight of the year in the New Mexico arts calendar. But if ticket prices have been beyond your budget, here are some ways you can still enjoy opera on the cheap for the remainder of the summer 2012 season.

Santa Fe Opera Family Nights August 18, 21, 22, and 23

You need to have at least one child aged 6-17 in your party to get the reduced priced tickets for family nights. These are full opera performances, with tickets at $25 for adults and $12 for children. The offer is on performances of Tosca on August 18 and August 21, The Pearl Fishers on August 22, and Arabella on August 23. Note that admission is only for kids aged 6 upwards, they don’t let ’em in any younger! To book tickets, call the Santa Fe Opera Box Office (505-986-5900) and do it fast as limited seats remain.

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Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes August 19

Today’s apprentice singers are the opera stars of the future, and they take to the stage on August 19 at 8 pm for a concert produced by apprentice technicians, with heavily discounted ticket prices. The evening features fully staged scenes from popular productions, including Don Giovanni, West Side Story, and Romeo et Juliette. It should be an opera-accessible event for a family visit. Tickets cost $21 for adults and $7 for children aged 6 to 17, and you need to book in advance at the above link.

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Free Santa Fe Opera Apprentices at Rancho Encantado August 23

Opera apprentices present an evening of operatic music and show tunes on August 23, starting at 6 pm at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Tesuque, just outside Santa Fe.

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Free Santa Fe Opera Backstage Tours August 18 and 25

If you missed our earlier mention of the Free Santa Fe Opera Insider Days, you can still join these Saturday morning talks and backstage tours until August 25 – they even provide free refreshments! The Saturday morning events start at 8:30 am with coffee and muffins and a talk by an Opera staff member,  followed by the tour. Just turn up at the Santa Fe Opera Box Office.

–Tania


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