SANTA FE OPERA TOUR
AUGUST 4-11, 2019
Hosted by Peter Haley, Board Member and Jonathan Blalock, Development and Patron Services Manager
The Summer Opera Festival Fun Continues - Five Operas and Renee Fleming in Concert!
Following the Opera Saratoga 2019 Festival, don’t miss this opportunity to experience five extraordinary operas, topped off by Renee Fleming in her first performance ever with Santa Fe Opera!
Full Santa Fe Opera 2019 Season Information available here.
DAY ONE – SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019
Arrive in your gateway city of Albuquerque. Your Destination Southwest tour guide will meet you in the baggage claim area and assist with transfer to your motor coach. Upon arrival in Santa Fe, check into the historic Inn of the Governors hotel for a seven-night stay. Inn of the Governors, an authentic southwest style hotel located in downtown Santa Fe, has more than a fifty-year tradition of intimacy and charm. Enjoy a breakfast buffet each morning and tea and sherry in the afternoon starting at 4:00 PM before heading to the preview buffet at the opera. Step out your door and stroll straight into the heart of Santa Fe’s historic plaza district—a world of enchanting landscape, culture, and history. Some of the city’s best restaurants, museums, shops and landmarks are just blocks away. Here, you’re close to the action but removed from the fray.
Enjoy a festive welcome dinner. Meals included: D
DAY TWO – MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2019
Enjoy the day at leisure. This evening we depart for the Santa Fe Opera, where you may take an optional backstage tour. Go behind the scenes and learn about the fascinating and colorful world of opera. After the tour, you will enjoy a Preview Buffet and the performance of Cosi fan tutte. Meals included: B, D
Cosi fan tutte
Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s “School for Lovers” has delighted, confounded, and rewarded viewers ever since its 1790 premiere in Vienna. Mesmerizingly beautiful music and a profound understanding of the heart illuminates this comedy starring Amanda Majeski, Emily D’Angelo (who recently starred as Rosina in Glimmerglass Opera’s Barbiere di Siviglia), Jarrett Ott, Ben Bliss and Rod Gilfry.
DAY THREE – TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2019
This evening we will depart for the Santa Fe Opera, where you will enjoy a Preview Buffet and the performance of Jenufa. Meals included: B, D
A riveting conflict full of jealousy and vengeance leads to tragedy and eventually to the opera’s true theme—that the wounds of troubled lives can be assuaged through acceptance, forgiveness, and hope. Janáček’s music pulses with vibrant rhythms, pungent harmonies, and lyrical declamation in this new David Alden production starring Patricia Racette, Laura Wilde, Richard Smagur and Anexander Lewis.
DAY FOUR – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2019 Travel to Abiquiu and tour the landscape of Ghost Ranch by mini coach and see through your own eyes the scenes and locations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings interwoven with stories of her fifty years at Ghost Ranch. You will also tour O’Keeffe’s Home and Studio in Abiquiu. Return to the hotel to freshen up before departing for the Santa Fe Opera, where you will enjoy a Preview Buffet and the performance of La Boheme.
Meals included: B, L, D
Young and poor and consumed with love, six Bohemians lead taste the freedom and perils of Paris, and brave epidemics of passion and jealousy, sorrow, and loss. This beloved and beautiful opera stars Vanessa Vasquez, Kirsten MacKinnon, Mario Chang, Solomon Howard and Zachary Nelson.
DAY FIVE – THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019
This evening we will depart for the Santa Fe Opera, where you will enjoy a Preview Buffet and the performance of The Pearl Fishers. Meals included: B, D
The Pearl Fishers
Before Bizet created Carmen, his first stage success is this love story set in ancient times on the shores of Ceylon, where Zurga, ruler of the pearl fishers, is reunited with his long-lost comrade Nadir. Their friendship duet, which recounts a mutual passion for the heavenly Leïla, is one of the most gorgeous operatic duets in history. Both men renounced her to save their friendship, but her unexpected return soon traps them again in the snares of love, and now they must make a choice. The cast includes Corinne Winters, Ilker Arcayürek, Anthony Clark Evans and Robert Pomakov.
DAY SIX – FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019
This evening we will depart for the Santa Fe Opera, where you will enjoy a Preview Buffet and the performance of The Thirteenth Child. Meals included: B, D
The Thirteenth Child
This world premiere fairy tale is a “down-to-the-wire” thriller, inspired by the Brothers Grimm. A paranoid king banishes his twelve sons in favor of Lyra, the thirteenth child. When Princess Lyra learns about her long-lost brothers, she embarks on a quest to find them. Like all the best fairy tales, it has an enchanted forest, riddles, a handsome prince, a horrible mistake, and a nearly impossible feat for Princess Lyra to perform if everything is to be put right. This marks the fifth opera by Poul Ruders, whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “a riveting and kaleidoscopic.” Tamara Mumford, Joshua Dennis, Kirsten MacKinnon, Bradley Garvin and David Leigh star in this new production.
DAY SEVEN – SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2019
Enjoy a day devoted to the “other” Las Vegas - historic and picturesque Las Vegas, New Mexico - a city with a rich and vibrant past. Las Vegas was once the principal town on the Santa Fe Trail, and its prominence is reflected in over 900 historic buildings in nine historic districts that are listed on the National Registry (more than any city in the U.S.). The well preserved, late 1800s architectural styles are an array of Victorian, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Italianate, and Romanesque. Upon arrival, enjoy a city driving tour and learn about the history of Las Vegas and some see some of the most famous buildings that make Las Vegas the city it is, steeped in history and still booming today. Next, enjoy a hosted lunch in Las Vegas before traveling on to the United World College for a guided tour of the campus. UWC-USA is one of 14 UWC campuses located on five continents participating in a unique program that combines academic challenge with an experiential, hands-on approach to learning.
Return to Santa Fe for one final Preview Buffet at the Santa Fe Opera, followed by a recital by renowned American soprano Renée Fleming, who will be making her Santa Fe Opera debut. The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Harry Bicket, collaborates with Ms. Fleming on Kevin Puts’ Letters From Georgia and Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs). Meals included: B, L, D
Renée Fleming, Letters from Georgia
Renowned American soprano Renée Fleming makes her Santa Fe Opera debut with The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Harry Bicket for Kevin Puts’ Letters From Georgia and Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs).
DAY EIGHT – SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2019
Departure for home. Meals included: B
PRICE PER PERSON: $5,579.00 DOUBLE $6,455.00 SINGLE
TOUR INCLUDES: Round-trip airfare from Albany to Albuquerque; all transfers to and from the airport, to and from the opera, and local touring as described in the itinerary; professional tour guide; seven nights hotel accommodation at the historic Inn of the Governors; seven breakfasts; two lunches; seven dinners [including six preview dinners at the SF Opera]; tickets to the Santa Fe Opera for five nights [Section 4]; Renee Fleming recital [Section 4]; Georgia O’Keeffe landscape tour; O’Keeffe Home and Studio tour in Abiquiu; Las Vegas, NM excursion; all gratuities; all applicable taxes. Not included: alcoholic beverages with meals [except the Preview Buffets] and personal incidentals.
NOTE: The above prices include a $500.00 tax-deductible fundraising contribution to benefit Opera Saratoga.
Deposit amount ($1,000) EXTENDED until December 1, 2018.
THIS TRIP IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST 30 WHO REGISTER