Friday, February 1, 2013

Santa Fe Opera 2013 Season

Every summer The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn fills up with opera lovers from across the country, many of whom have been staying with us for 15 years or more.  The 2013 Santa Fe Opera summer season schedule is now posted, so you will want to plan your trip soon:  the preferred seats and the best hotel rooms tend to sell fast.

This summer brings revivals of two very popular operas:  Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi's La Traviata.   A real treat will be the world premiere of Oscar, by Theodore Morrison, based on the life of Oscar Wilde.  This opera was co-commissioned and co-produced by The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia, and features David Daniels as Oscar Wilde.   For operatic hilarity, plan to attend Offenbach's The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, which has not been performed since 1979.  This newly staged production will be performed on opening night, June 28, and features Susan Graham in the title role.  Last but not least is Rossini's romantic La Donna del Lago, starring acclaimed mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato as the mysterious lady of the lake.

Winter is hardly the time of year to be thinking of outdoor picnics, but you will want to plan a tailgate supper so as to take advantage of the spectacular sunset and mountain views available from the opera's parking lot.  Stop by Whole Foods and choose from their extensive deli array, choose take-out from one of Santa Fe's many fine dining restaurants, or order a box meal directly from the Santa Fe Opera.

Tickets range from $30 (standing room only) to a whopping $943 for top tier orchestra seats.  Serious opera devotees will want to plan their stays so as to enjoy all five operas back-to-back.  This option is available from July 30-Augst 3, August 6-10 or August 13-17.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 800.280.4654.

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