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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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 Free Events

July 23, 2009 by  
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The Santa Fe Opera is rolling out a slew of free and cheap events over next couple of weeks, which is music to the ears of opera lovers!

SFO presents the world premiere of “The Letter” on Saturday, July 25 (2009), but even the cheapest tickets — at $81 — might be a little steep for some people. However, you can still enjoy three free or cheap events related to the opera:

  • Saturday, 7/25, at 10:00am at the Lensic Theater (211 W. San Francisco St, Santa Fe), “The Letter” composer Paul Moravec, librettist Terry Teachout, and moderator John Kennedy lead a symposium about the opera. FREE admission; general seating.
  • Tuesday, 7/28, at 6:30pm in Stieren Orchestra Hall (on the SFO campus), Santa Fe New Music plays Moravec’s The Time Gallery and Tempest Fantasy. $10 general admission tickets.
  • Sunday, 8/2, at 4:00pm at Collected Works bookstore (202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe), Jonathan Richards reads the Somerset Maugham short story that inspired the opera. FREE.

Also, unrelated to “The Letter,” the Santa Fe Opera Apprentices perform in three FREE concerts over the next few weeks:

The Santa Fe Opera campus is located seven miles north of Santa Fe on the west side of US Highway 84/285.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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50% off The Elixir of Love at Santa Fe Opera

June 24, 2009 by  
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Booya! at reader Carissa for shouting out this deal!

SFO is rolling out the deals this summer! Hot on the heels of their 40% off promotion for New Mexico residents, here’s another fantastic offer: 50% off tickets to see the opera Elixir of Love on the 4th of July!

Visit this special login page and enter Promo Code 0901Elixir. You’ll get half price Santa Fe Opera tickets. It’s that easy!

This discount applies to all ticket levels, which means you can get Front Orchestra seats for just $89! Or, if that’s still too rich for you, get Section 9 seating for a mere $41. Here’s a secret: since nearly all of the discounted tickets are sold out, your best chance is to shoot for Section 3 tickets at $51. Affordable price and great seats!

Say it with us: half price SFO tickets. 50% off opera tickets. Half off Santa Fe Opera tickets.

You’ll probably never have another opportunity to experience world-class opera at these prices, so don’t delay. This is the perfect opportunity to exposure your children to a cultural event like no other!

About the opera (from Santa Fe Opera’s promotional material): “The Elixir of Love is certain to be the ‘feel-good’ hit of the Opera’s 2009 season, in the tradition of La Belle Helene, Beatrice and Benedict, and Cinderella. This romantic comedy, about a shy young man who wins his dream girl thanks to a large dose of a ‘miracle elixir,’ features glorious music, a dynamic young cast, and a charming new production.”

The discounted opera tickets apply to the performance on Saturday, July 4 (2009), at 9:00pm only. Forego the fireworks this year and check out a thrill of a different kind!

The Santa Fe Opera is located seven miles north of Santa Fe. Take I-25 north to Exit 168 and follow the signs. More directions and map here.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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40% off Santa Fe Opera Tix for NM Residents

June 17, 2009 by  
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If you’ve never attended the Santa Fe Opera before, here’s your chance! Through June 24 only, New Mexico residents can purchase SFO tickets at 40% off.

Four operas are available under this offer:

  • The Elixir of Love by Donizetti
  • Don Giovanni by Mozart
  • The Letter, an Opera Noir
  • Alcest by Gluck

Each of these operas runs for five to eight days, so you have a wide range of dates to choose from. It sounds like the SFO is making discounted tickets available in every section, so you can choose your ticket level. However, the discounted Santa Fe Opera tickets are extremely limited, so you should grab yours quickly, before they’re gone.

You can purchase up to 4 of the 40% off SFO tickets. Individual tickets normally run about $30 to $180, which means you can obtain Santa Fe Opera tickets for about $18 to $108 — what a bargain for world-class opera!

The only way to obtain these 40% off Santa Fe Opera tickets is to call 800-280-4654 and mention the “Albuquerque invitation” offer. Remember, this offer expires 6/24/09!

The Santa Fe Opera is located just north of Santa Fe, on US Highway 84/285.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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