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    Lights, Camera, Auction 2012

    Here is your chance to bid on Travels and exclusive Santa Fe Opera offerings in support of our singing and technical Apprentice Programs!  

    We invite you to bid on these treasures at the Live Auction during the Gala Opening Celebration on Thursday, June 28. However, if you are unable to join us at this event, you can still participate in this year's Auction. Simply choose your item(s) below and secure them with our personal, pre-auction bidding service.*  

    In addition to Santa Fe Opera items, this year's goods are generously provided by the following:

     • Adobo Catering • Amanda Echalaz • The Compound •  Erin Wall
    • Frédéric Chaslin • Hotel Santa Fe • Inn & Spa at Loretto • Luca Pisaroni
    • Nicole Cabell • Paula Kay Eastham, All World Travel • Seabourn Cruise Line 
    • Walter Burke Catering • William Burden • Winspire, Inc. 

    *Please note: Pre-auction bidding ends at noon on Wednesday, June 27.  Contact Yvette De La O either by phone at 505.986.5903 or email to secure your items. ...So call or email today, don't delay!

    SEABOURN CRUISE: 7 Days of Luxury for Two People
    (that NEVER expires!)  

    Seabourn Cruise Ship

     A feast of visual enchantment, packed with romantic locations sure to create vivid memories. Cruise to the heart of romantic cities, picturesque harbors and noble monuments of antiquity...

    Each morning another ravishing shoreline beckons you to step ashore and discover rustic villages, faded palaces, baroque facades, and wonders of the Ancient World. Mediterranean means "center of the world" and with this Seabourn Cruise you and a partner indeed have an opportunity to build your dream itinerary to the center of the world, from among the varied and exciting ports of Athens, Rome, Istanbul, Venice, Crete, Santorini, Corfu, and Dubrovnik. The Spaniards, French, Italians and Greeks have all shared a common history along the Mediterranean coast – today these cultures radiate out like spokes from its turquoise hub and beckon you with sparkling blue seas, white washed villages and golden beaches.

    This voyage of old world exploration includes*:

    Veranda Suite7 days of cruising for two aboard the Seabourn Odyssey or Quest in the privacy and comfort of a Category VI Veranda Suite (pictured).
    All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to a private veranda, a comfortable living area, queen-size or two twin beds, dining table, walk-in closet, interactive flat-screen television with music and movies, fully stocked bar and
    refrigerator, makeup vanity, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower.

    • Gracious service and personalized attention by an exceptional crew of 330 strong.

    *Travel dates are between July and November, depending on your choice of cruise itinerary. This item is nontransferable, non-refundable and never expires. Air travel not included. Please refer to to discover more details, including voyage summaries and highlights, travel itineraries, bountiful photographs and video examples, plus virtual ship tours.

    A generous bid steers you toward this worldy cruise valued at $6,400.Bid Button or call 505.986.5903 


    (The Santa Fe Opera way...)

    Parisian excursion

    This is a unique outing for the 'bon vivant' in all of us! Let yourself be dazzled by an opera insider experience in the City of Light, with appearances by some of opera's best known personalities to guide your way...

    Roberto Alagna headshotDelight in dining while cruising down the River Seine with The Santa Fe Opera's very own Chief Conductor, Frédéric Chaslin, on his impressive houseboat, the Caracalla, where this world-class conductor will demonstrate that he is also a world-class chef by preparing dinner for you and yours! 

    Also included in this French fête is your attendance (4 tickets) at an intimate concert on Saturday, September 29, starring internationally recognized tenor Roberto Alagna.

    This chic outing is on Sunday, September 30 and is intended for four people, so grab a double date and make an enthusiastic bid for this once-in-a-lifetime Parisian excursion!

    Oui! A Priceless Parisian Package. Bid Button or call 505.986.5903

    HAWAIIAN HOLIDAY: 7 Harmonious Nights for 2 Beach Bunnies

    Hawaiian Luau!

    Two beach bunnies will experience one of the world's top destinations for a warm tropical climate, an abundance of beaches, diverse flora and fauna, a vibrant native culture, plus active volcanoes!
    Our 50th State offers a rare combination of beauty and accessibility. Daytime activities include anything you can dream of – swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sunning, kayaking, golf, biking, yoga, tennis, fishing, and spa treatments, in addition to luxurious hotel amenities.

    This island inspired package includes 7 nights for two at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & SpaHyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa or the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. Or you can compare and contrast all three resorts! Complimentary booking service and roundtrip coach class airfare via American Airlines from the United States, Canada or anywhere AA flies in Hawaii, is also included.

    Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
    A prestigious member of Conde Nast’s Gold List and one of the Top 500 Hotels in the World according to Travel+Leisure Magazine. Editor's Pick as Best Family-Friendly Resort and Best Full-Service Resort Spa in Hawaii by TravelAgeWest Magazine. The ultimate Hawaiian Classic resort, with architecture and decor reminiscent of Hawaii's golden age of the 1920's and 30's. This resort offers a spectacular 50-acre oceanfront setting on Keoneloa Bay, part of the Poipu Beach District of Kauai, Hawaii's garden isle. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Scottish links golf course is reminiscent of Pebble Beach. The verdant greens and fairways of Poipu Bay are offset with the spectacular backdrop of the Hoary Head Mountains.

    Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
    Designed on 40 lush acres along renowned Ka'anapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency Maui is a tropical oasis. This "fantasy resort" recently completed a $15 million renovation of the guestrooms and the Japengo restaurant. The resort offers a multitude of activities including championship golf, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba-diving, tennis, and windsurfing, all within steps of the resort. Oceanfront massage, manicures and pedicures, an astronomy program, exotic wildlife tours, art and garden tours, hula lessons, lei making, aqua-aerobic classes, and luxury catamaran sails are just some of the resort's optional activities. The half-acre pool is divided by spectacular waterfalls and a lava rock grotto and a 150-foot enclosed lava tube waterslide. The Royal Kaanapali golf courses, including the North Course rated “Best on Maui” by Connoisseur and designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., offers spectacular views of the islands, beaches and humpback whales.

    Waikiki at duskHyatt Regency Waikiki 
    This 4-star resort is located in the heart of Waikiki and is as much a navigational landmark as Diamond Head. Plan a relaxing day of renewal at Na Ho’ola Spa, swim in their fresh water pool overlooking the beach, exercise 24/7 in the StayFit™ gym or shop in more than 60 unique boutiques on-site. There’s daily live Hawaiian entertainment at the Elegant Dive pool bar, and families can “hulacise” or learn to make leis. Visit exciting attractions, like the Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu Zoo, Diamond Head Crater, art museums and galleries – all within walking distance of this Waikiki resort hotel.

    Please note the following: this item is non-refundable, non-transferable and must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Transportation between the three Hyatt resorts is not included. The following blackout dates apply in 2012: Jan 1-2; Feb 17-20; Mar 9-12, 16-18, 23-25; Apr 6-9; May 25-28; Jun 29 – Jul 1, Jul 6-8; Nov 16-21, 24-26; Dec 21-24; Dec 28, 2012-Jan 2, 2013. Air certificates allow open jaw travel (you may choose to fly into one city and return from a different city to your original starting location). Transportation between open-jaw cities is not included.

    Airfare certificates will have a one-year expiration from the date of purchase. Any airport departure taxes, fees or fuel surcharges (if charged) are the responsibility of the purchaser. We recommend booking your flight travel at least 3 months in advance. Air upgrades may be purchased, depending upon availability. AAdvantage miles may be earned in accordance with the terms and conditions of the AAdvantage frequent flyer program. Miles cannot be utilized to upgrade these coach class certificates to a higher level of service.

    We invite you to join the lū'au with an enthuastic bid for this 'hang-ten' Hawaiian scene
    valued at $11,500.
     Bid Button or call 505.986.5903


    SIP INTO SONOMA: The Wine Country Experience

    Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

    Cheers indeed! Pair your love of new experiences with this tasting experience package built for two! This ‘rare vintage’ VIP adventure is brought to you by Winspire, Inc. and includes:

    Three nights accommodation for two people at the four-star Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa with breakfast served daily. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is blessed by natural mineral hot springs and set in the heart of the California Wine Country.

     Wine tasting at award winning wineries, all via the convenience and comfort of 6 consecutive hours of luxury sedan service with Beau Wine Tours and Limousine Service.  You may choose to schedule Beau Wine Tours to take you to the wineries included in this package or opt for them to create a customized 6-hour wine tour for you.

     Revive your senses with a private ‘Olive Oil Tour and Tasting’ for two at Jacuzzi Family Winery and Olive Press in Sonoma,  which includes a private tour of the olive oil mill and time with the experts learning how the best oil is made. An olive oil master will be all yours to sit and taste with, and to learn about the nuances of the finest quality olive oils. You will leave with a complete understanding of the taste, health benefits and culinary uses of the best olive oil California has to offer.

    This ‘experience like no other‘ is followed by a privately hosted tour of the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and sit-down tasting of 5 exclusive reserve wines and a gourmet box lunch, plus one gift bottle to take home.

     Known around the world as “The Castle,” Kenwood’s  Ledson Winery & Vineyards is a 16,000 square foot French Normandy winery that emerges like a gothic blast from the past out of acres of rolling vineyards and pastoral calm. You and a partner will savor a private 1 ½ hour wine experience with an assistant to the winemaker at the winery’s comfortable and intimate reserve tasting bar with some of the best award winning wines in the industry, paired with gourmet cheeses, nuts, dried fruits and delicious chocolates.

    Vino in Sonoma• Round-trip coach class service for two from any American Airlines destination in the 48 contiguous United States or Canada to anywhere American Airlines flies in the 48 contiguous United States or Canada, subject to availability.

    Please note the following: this item is non-refundable, non-transferable and must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. The following blackout dates apply in 2012: Jan 1-2; Feb 17-20; Mar 9-12, 16-18, 23-25; Apr 6-9; May 25-28; Jun 29-Jul 1, Jul 6-8; Nov 16-21, 24-26; Dec 21-24; Dec 28, 2012- Jan 2, 2013.

    Airfare certificates will have a one-year expiration from the date of purchase. Any airport departure taxes, fees or fuel surcharges (if charged) are the responsibility of the purchaser. Air upgrades may be purchased, depending upon availability. AAdvantage miles may be earned in accordance with the terms and conditions of the AAdvantage frequent flyer program. Miles cannot be utilized to upgrade these coach class certificates to a higher level of service.

    This premium California Package in Priceless. Bid Button or call 505.986.5903

    A SANTA FE OPERA EXCLUSIVE: Dining with the Stars

    Dining with the Stars

    We’ve paired up Santa Fe’s leading chefs with some of the Season’s biggest voices to serve up something truly gourmet...

    On the menu are five unique dinners, each starring an international opera singer; choose whichever chef or clef you fancy! Your dinner will host up to ten people, will be designed to suit your tastes and be catered in your Santa Fe home this summer. To round out your evening, fine wines have been chosen by Southern Wine & Spirits experts Mary Ann Gutierrez and Philip de Give. Winning dinner bidders will select a mixed case of wines to complement the festivities, courtesy of The Santa Fe Opera. …Bon appétit!

    Amanda EchalazWednesday, July 11 starring soprano Amanda Echalaz and Chef
     Stacy Pearl of Walter Burke Catering
    Ms. Echalaz makes both her US and Santa Fe Opera debut in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca. The smoldering South-African soprano has triumphed on prestigious stages, from the Berlin Staatsoper to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, inspiring much critical acclaim. Writes The Independent, “Echalaz is now set to be the leading ‘Tosca’ of her generation. With unforced, candid tone, elegant movement and expressive face... every note and nuance is true.” Indeed her future is bright as forthcoming seasons will see debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Canadian Opera Company, Polish National Opera and l’Opéra national du Rhin, as well as returns to the Royal Opera House and La Monnaie, Brussels in roles which include Alice in Falstaff, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, and the title roles of Manon Lescaut, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly.

    William BurdenTuesday July 24 starring tenor William Burden and Executive Chef Alain Jorand of Adobo Catering
    Former Santa Fe Opera Apprentice and current Santa Fe favorite, American tenor William Burden returns to our stage as the Shepherd in Szymanowski’s King Roger. Of his most recent appearance on the Santa Fe stage in 2008 in Billy Budd, Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times praised,

    “Mr. Burden’s Vere is wise, good-hearted and tragically naïve….Subdued emotional intensity permeates every line of his singing. His English diction is a model of clarity. That he seems young to be a battleship captain lends vulnerability to his portrayal.” Appearing regularly with the major Opera Companies and Symphony Orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, this season Mr. Burden made debuts at the Canadian Opera Company as Jupiter in Handel’s Semele and with the San Francisco Symphony in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He returned to the Seattle Opera as Orphée in Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice. He also appeared in two World Premieres: Christopher Theonidis’ Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera and Kevin Puts’ Silent Night at the Minnesota Opera. Closing his 11/12 Season, Mr. Burden’s performance in King Roger will be his fifth role for The Santa Fe Opera.

    Luca PisaroniWednesday, July 25 starring bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and Executive Chef Mark Kiffin of The Compound Restaurant  
    Born in Venezuela and bred in Verdi's hometown of Busseto, Italy, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni was last seen on the Santa Fe stage as Figaro in 2008, a role the singer has created a sensation with from Paris and Vienna to the Metropolitan Opera and Mozart’s hometown at the venerable Salzburg Festival. Establishing himself as one of the most captivating and versatile singers of his generation, he has already made this year a banner one, including his universally praised debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo and a recital of Schubert and Liszt at Lincoln Center. This summer Season, Mr. Pisaroni will carry the title role in The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of the new critical edition of Rossini’s Maometto II. He will also perform in concerts with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in July.

    Erin WallMonday, July 30 starring soprano Erin Wall and Executive Chef Brett Sparman of Inn & Spa at Loretto
    Canadian soprano Erin Wall returns to the Santa Fe stage in the title role in Strauss’ Arabella. Santa Fe audiences will remember her dazzling in Daphne in 2007 and, in 2010, tackling all four soprano roles in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. In February of this year Ms. Wall made her debut with the Canadian Opera Company, singing Clémence in L'amour de loin, to much critical acclaim. Opera, concerts, and recitals all figure prominently in Ms. Wall's busy calendar; from Santa Fe she will carry on to perform in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tornoto, Arizona, Houston, Frankfurt and Munich.

    Nicole CabellTuesday, August 14 starring soprano Nicole Cabell and Executive Chef Patrick Kline of Hotel Santa Fe
    2005 Winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition and Decca recording artist Nicole Cabell returns to Santa Fe to sing the role of Leila in The Pearl Fishers. The American soprano’s current season showcased her command of Mozart’s music; she sang the Countess in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro in Montreal, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in Tokyo. On the concert platform this Season, Ms. Cabell’s voice soared in London, Chicago, Cincinnati, Toronto, Atlanta, San Diego and St Petersburg. Her future engagements include a debut with the San Francisco Opera. Ms. Cabell last appeared on the Santa Fe stage in 2007 as Mimì in La bohème.

    This ‘meet and eat’ experience is truly Priceless. Bid Button or call 505.986.5903

    See something you like? Simply Contact Yvette De La O by phone at 505.986.5903 or email to secure your items. Or, if you'd prefer to make a gift directly in support of our Apprentice Programs you can donate to us here.

    Pre-auction bidding ends at noon on Wednesday, June 27. The Live Auction of these items is part of the Gala Opening Celebration events, June 28 - July 1, 2012.