Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days

June 23, 2014 by  
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Santa Fe Opera free summer talks and backstage tours, and they even throw in the coffee and muffins! Weekly until August 23, 2014.

Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days give a behind-the-scenes view of the opera on Saturday mornings this summer 2014 through August 23.   Turn up at the Santa Fe Opera – I love that beautiful building high on the hill – and enjoy a free coffee and muffins reception hosted by Opera Guild members, followed by a talk by an Opera staff member, then a backstage tour.

Yep, you’ve got to get up early, they start at 8:30 am. But it’ll be worth it for the Santa Fe Opera free Insider Day experience, and of course the views are just gorgeous.

  • When: Saturday mornings until August 23, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 am coffee and muffins and talk, followed by the tour
  • Where: meet at The Santa Fe Opera Box Office
  • Price: FREE!

If you’d rather go on a weekday, regular Santa Fe Opera backstage tours take place each day at 9 am Monday to Friday until August 22, 2014, with a walk around the costume shop, scene shop and other areas to learn how they put the whole spectacle together. For that you pay $10 or $8 for seniors. Children and young adults aged up to 22 years go free! Again, you meet at the box offices and you don’t need to book in advance.

Santa Fe Opera directions: it’s located at Exit 168 of US Highway 84/285 seven miles north of Santa Fe.

–Tania


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Santa Fe Opera Free or Cheap Events

August 14, 2012 by  
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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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Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days

June 1, 2012 by  
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Free Santa Fe Opera summer talks and backstage tours, and they even throw in the coffee and muffins! Until August 25, 2012.

Santa Fe Opera Insider Days give a behind-the-scenes view of the opera on Saturday mornings this summer, starting  June 2 through August 25.   Turn up at Santa Fe Opera – I love that beautiful building high on the hill – and enjoy a free coffee and muffins reception hosted by Opera Guild members, followed by a talk by an Opera staff member, then a backstage tour.

Yep, you’ve got to get up early, they start at 8:30 am. But it’ll be worth it for the free Santa Fe Opera Insider Day experience, and of course the views are just gorgeous. 

  • When: Saturday mornings from June 2 – August 25, 2012
  • Time: 8:30 am coffee and muffins and talk, followed by the tour
  • Where: meet at The Santa Fe Opera Box Office
  • Price: FREE!

If you’d rather go on a weekday, regular Santa Fe Opera backstage tours take place each day at 9 am Monday to Friday until August 24, 2012, with a walk around the costume shop, scene shop and other areas to learn how they put the whole spectacle together. For that you pay $5, children 17 and under go free. Again, you meet at the box offices and you don’t need to book in advance.

Santa Fe Opera directions: it’s located at Exit 168 of US Highway 84/285 seven miles north of Santa Fe.

–Tania

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Santa Fe Opera Free or Cheap Events

July 14, 2011 by  
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Santa Fe Opera season is of course a highlight of the year in the New Mexico arts calendar, but if ticket prices are beyond your budget, here are some ways you can still enjoy opera on the cheap for the summer 2011 season.

Free Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Concert in Albuquerque

When:  Sunday July 24, 2011
Time:  3 pm, with seating from 2:30 pm
Where: Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain Road NE

The Albuquerque Community Concert includes arias, songs from musical theatre, and sacred music, and it’s all free. No reservations needed, just show up in good time to get a seat!

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Free Santa Fe Community Concert

When:  Thursday, July 28, 2011
Time:  11:30 am, with seating from 11 am
Where: Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi by Santa Fe Plaza

Arias, songs from musical theatre, and sacred music, performed by opera apprentices. No reservation required.

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Free Opera Apprentice Concerts in Santa Fe

Opera apprentices present an evening of operatic music and show tunes, all starting at 6 pm.

  • Wednesday, July 20, at Encantado Resort
  • Friday, July 29, at La Posada Resort
  • Tuesday, August 9, at Encantado Resort’s downtown concierge lounge
  • Wednesday, August 17, at La Posada Resort

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Santa Fe Opera Apprentices at Vanessie of Santa Fe Restaurant

Apprentice singers perform in the piano bar with a $10 cover charge per person. (And 20% of food and drink proceeds go to the Opera.)

  • Thursday, July 14 (tonight!):  two 45- minute sets at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Saturday July 16:  two 45-minute sets at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Sunday July 17: 6:30 pm, as this is the finale evening it’s usually a longer set, and everyone apparently joins in with the apprentices on familiar opera pieces and musical numbers.

If you want to dine too, reserve with Vanessie, located at 427 West Water Street, four blocks from Santa Fe Plaza.

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Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes

Today’s apprentice singers are the opera stars of the future, and they take to the stage for two concerts produced by apprentice technicians, with heavily discounted ticket prices. Both evenings feature fully staged scenes from popular operas, and should be accessible events for a family visit.

  • Sunday August 14 at 8 pm
  • Sunday August 21 at 8 pm
  • Price: $21 for adults and $7 for children aged 6 to 17.

You need to book tickets for Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes concerts.

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Free Insider Day Backstage Tours

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 27 – they even provide free refreshments!

–Tania

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Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days

May 31, 2011 by  
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Free Santa Fe Opera summer talks and backstage tours, and they even throw in the coffee and muffins! Until August 27, 2011

Santa Fe Opera Insider Days give a behind-the-scenes view of the opera on Saturday mornings this summer, starting  June 4 through August 27.   Turn up at Santa Fe Opera – I love that beautiful building high on the hill – and enjoy a free coffee and muffins reception hosted by Opera Guild members, followed by a talk by an Opera staff member, then a backstage tour.

Yep, you’ve got to get up early, but it’ll be worth it for the free Santa Fe Opera Insider Day experience, and of course the views are just gorgeous. 

  • When: Saturday mornings from June 4 – August 27, 2011
  • Time: 8:30 am coffee and muffins and talk, followed by the tour
  • Where: meet at The Santa Fe Opera Box Office
  • Price: FREE!

If you’d rather go on a weekday, regular Santa Fe Opera backstage tours take place each day at 9 am Monday to Saturday until August 27, 2011, with a walk around the costume shop, scene shop and other areas to learn how they put the whole spectacle together. For that you pay $5, children 17 and under go free. Again, you meet at the box offices and you don’t need to book in advance.

Santa Fe Opera directions: it’s located at Exit 168 of US Highway 84/285 seven miles north of Santa Fe.

–Tania

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Free Film Screening: Opera Aida October 23-24

October 21, 2010 by  
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Free movie tickets are still available to see Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Verdi’s Aida!

The KiMo Theatre free screenings of Aida are on October 23 and 24, 2010, as part of its new Opera in Cinema program.

The Franco Zeffirelli Teatro alla Scala’s production of Verdi’s popular opera Aida features more than 300 actors, singers and dancers, and apparently won a 13 minute ovation.

Free film tickets for Aida are available from the KiMo Theatre Ticket Office. We’ve confirmed that free tickets are still available at time of writing, although seats are of course limited.

Performance times are:

  • 7 pm on October 23, 2010
  • 2pm on October 24, 2010

It’s a 3 hour production so eat first! See a video clip of La Scala Opera – it looks amazing!

The opera Aida first premiered at the Cairo Opera House in 1871, and KiMo Theatre describes the plot of Aida as “filled with political intrigue, love, betrayal, passion, and vengeance.” So even though it’s nearly 140 years old, not much has changed. The story could appear on the front page of People Magazine even today….

–Tania

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Free Screening of Opera Aida October 23-24

October 11, 2010 by  
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See Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Verdi’s Aida free – tickets are limited and available from October 12, so book your free tickets fast!

The KiMo Theatre free screenings of Aida are on October 23 and 24, 2010, as part of its new Opera in Cinema program. So we’re giving a heads-up to Albuquerque opera lovers so you can reserve your tickets as soon as they’re available on Tuesday October 12!

The Franco Zeffirelli Teatro alla Scala’s production of Verdi’s popular opera Aida features more than 300 actors, singers and dancers, and apparently won a 13 minute ovation.

Free tickets for Aida are available from the KiMo Theatre Ticket Office begining Tuesday October 12, and as seats are limited, it’s better to reserve yours sooner rather than later.

Performance times are:

  • 7 pm on October 23, 2010
  • 2pm on October 24, 2010

The opera Aida first premiered at the Cairo Opera House in 1871, and KiMo Theatre describes the plot of Aida as “filled with political intrigue, love, betrayal, passion, and vengeance.” So even though it’s nearly 140 years old, not much has changed. The story could appear on the front page of People Magazine even today….

–Tania

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Santa Fe Opera Free or Cheap Events

July 29, 2010 by  
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Santa Fe Opera season is of course a highlight of the year in the New Mexico arts calendar, but if ticket prices are beyond your budget, here are some ways you can still enjoy opera on the cheap for the rest of the summer 2010 season.

Opera Apprentice Concerts at Encantado Resort, Santa Fe

Opera apprentices present an evening of operatic pieces and show tunes, starting with a reception with cash bar starting at 5 pm, followed by apprentice performances at 6 pm.

  • Thursday, July 29 (tonight!)
  • Wednesday, August 4

Encantado Resort is located at 198 State Road 592 in Tesuque, just north of Santa Fe.

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Santa Fe Opera Apprentices at Vanessie of Santa Fe Restaurant

Apprentice singers perform in the piano bar with a $10 cover charge per person. (And 20% of food and drink proceeds go to the Opera.)

  • Thursday, July 29 (tonight!):  two 45- minute sets at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Saturday July 31:  two 45-minute sets at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Sunday August 1: 6:30 pm, as this is the finale evening it’s a two-hour set, and everyone apparently joins in with the apprentices on familiar opera pieces and musical numbers.

Seating is first-come, first-served for the bar (no reservations). If you want to dine too, reserve with Vanessie, located at 434 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe

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Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes

Today’s apprentice singers are the opera stars of the future, and they take to the stage for two concerts produced by apprentice technicians, with heavily discounted ticket prices. Both evenings feature fully staged scenes from popular operas, and should be accessible events for a family visit.

  • Sunday August 15 at 8:30 pm
  • Sunday August 22 at 8:30 pm
  • Price: $15 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 to 17.

You need to book tickets for Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes concerts.

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Free Insider Day Backstage Tours

If you missed our earlier mention of the Santa Fe Opera Insider Days, you can still join these free Saturday morning talks and backstage tours until August 28 – they even provide free refreshments! See our previous post on the Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days for all the details.

Note: I was TRYING to put little musical note symbols in between these items instead of asterisks to make it purty, but my HTML coding doesn’t want to play. (And you can’t just cut and paste from the Word symbols.) I’m stumped. Anyone got a clue on how I do that? No prize but plenty of gratitude!

–Tania

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Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days

July 8, 2010 by  
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Free Santa Fe Opera summer talks and backstage tours, and they even throw in the coffee and muffins! Until August 28, 2010.

Did you know about the Santa Fe Opera Insider Days? If you did, why didn’t you tell me? On Saturday mornings this summer you can turn up at Santa Fe Opera – I love that beautiful building high on the hill – and enjoy a free coffee and muffins reception hosted by Opera Guild members, followed by a talk by an Opera staff member, then a backstage tour.

Yep, you’ve got to get up early, but it’ll be worth it for the free Santa Fe Opera Insider Day experience, and of course the views are just gorgeous.  See the list of weekly speakers here.

  • When: Saturday mornings till August 28, 2010
  • Time: 8:30 am coffee and muffins, 9 am talk then tour
  • Where: meet at The Santa Fe Opera Box Office
  • Price: FREE!

If you’d rather go on a weekday, regular Santa Fe Opera backstage tours take place each day at 9 am Monday to Saturday until August 28, 2010, with a walk around the costume shop, scene shop and other areas to learn how they put the whole spectacle together. For that you pay $5, children 17 and under go free. Again, you meet at the box offices and you don’t need to book in advance.

Santa Fe Opera directions: it’s located at Exit 168 of US Highway 84/285 seven miles north of Santa Fe.

–Tania

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Santa Fe Opera Tickets at 2009 Prices till Feb 28

February 25, 2010 by  
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Opera lovers, buy your tickets for the 2010 Santa Fe Opera season through February to guarantee 2009 prices. Ticket prices go up on March 1.

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, but the 2009 ticket rates are most definitely over if you delay booking past February 28, 2010.  So, opera buffs, if you’re planning a spin up to the City Different for Santa Fe Opera’s summer 2010 performances, it’s best to nab your early bird opera tickets  now, before prices go up on March 1. The summer season includes Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann.

Bonus: you’ll also secure better seats by getting in fast.

–Tania

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