In addition to our mainstage productions, the Opera is dedicated to offering diverse
and enriching programs throughout the Southwest.


Continuing Education

discovering dr. sun yat-sen

In Association with Chatter 

Sunday, July 20
10:30 AM The Kosmos, Albuquerque
4:00 PM Stieren Orchestra Hall, The Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

Featuring Ensemble FIRE (Future in REverse)
Del Sol String Quartet
Devon Guthrie, soprano
Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, piano

Four works for string quartet various instruments and voice

$15 General Admission at the door

with Composer Huang Ruo, Librettist Candace Chong and members of the creative team / Cori Ellison, Moderator
Saturday, July 26 10:30 AM – Noon
St. John's College, Great Hall

For more information contact

Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque, Santa Fe

I.M. Pei:  Building China Modern
7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 20, Introduced by Huang Ruo
“Exceptional … compelling … combines a personal story and public message that deserves to be disseminated to the widest possible audience." –Robert McCarter
Considered by some to be the most influential modern architect, I.M. Pei is in his 80s when he returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to build a modern museum. Combining the architecture of the 2,500 year-old city with modern concepts, Pei goes beyond his Louvre renovation in an integration of the old and the new, creating a building that Pei describes as “my biography.” Composer Huang Ruo will answer questions by Skype after the screening. (d. Anne Makepeace, 2010, U.S., 53m)

The Last Emperor

7:00 PM, Tuesday, June 24, Introduced by Anna Naruta Moya
“Astonishing … inspired … extraordinary.” –Roger Ebert
Winner of nine Oscars, Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic follows the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three in 1908, just as one of history’s most intense cultural and political upheavals was beginning. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro captures Ching dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship; the cast includes John Lone, Peter O’Toole and Joan Chen. (China/Italy/U.S./France, 1998, 163m)

Bodyguard and Assassins
7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 1, Introduced by Huang Ruo
“With stirring dramas, riveting suspense and engaging performances … focuses on a tiny moment in time to suggest that we are all in fact part of an ongoing revolution.” –Little White Lies
In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks. Winner of eight Hong Kong Oscars, including best picture, this is a martial arts version of the tale told in the Santa Fe Opera’s opera. (China, 2009, 139m)

The Soong Sisters
7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 8, Introduced by Huang Ruo
They were the Kennedys of China: three sisters who were educated in America and return home to lead tumultuous and deeply influential lives. Soong Ching-ling (Maggie Cheung) married Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Chinese Republic; her sister May-ling (Vivian Wu) married Sun's successor, the famed Chiang Kai-shek, and the oldest daughter Ai-ling (Michelle Yeoh) married industrialist H.H. Kung, later to become Hong Kong's finance minister. (Hong Kong, 1997, 145m)

Ticket information will be available on the CCA website. Tickets $8 for CCA members; $10 non-members.

The Santa Fe Opera Seminar

The Opera is offering two sessions, led by Dr. Mary Kime, which will be conducted on The Santa Fe Opera campus. Lodging in downtown Santa Fe with transportation provided to-and-from class sessions. Sessions include preferred seating to four Opera performances. Enrollment is limited.

Session I, July 28 - August 1, 2014
Carmen, Don Pasquale, Fidelio, The Impresario and Le Rossignol
Optional Opera: Dr. Sun Yat-sen

Session II, August 4 – 8, 2014 - SOLD OUT!
Don Pasquale, Fidelio, The Impresario and Le Rossignol, Dr. Sun Yat-sen
Optional Opera: Carmen

For more information, contact Alvaro Quintanar at 505-946-2404.

To download the 2014 registration form, please click here.

Prelude talks

Lively and informative talks are offered in Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances. The first talk is given two hours before the performance and the second is one hour before. Prelude Talks are free to ticket holders. For best availability, we suggest the first talk. Prelude Talks are not offered on June 27 or on Apprentice Scenes performance evenings (August 10 and 17). Learn more about your night at the Opera.

Igor Stravinsky Birthday Celebration

A Stravinsky Portrait
Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque, Santa Fe
Tuesday June 17, 7:00 PM

After being granted unprecedented access, legendary documentary filmmaker Ricky Leacock spent time with the twentieth century’s most influential composer. We see Stravinsky at his home in Beverly Hills, take a tour of his work and its evolution, see him conduct a rehearsal in Hamburg and then talk shop with George Balanchine as they prepare a premiere of Le Noces with Suzanne Farrell. Spend some indelible moments in time with a monumental figure, whose faith and support helped propel the Santa Fe Opera in its early years. (U.S., 1965, 58m, DVD)

Ticket information will be available on the CCA website. Tickets $8 for CCA members; $10 non-members.

spotlight series with oliver prezant

Oliver Prezant is a popular lecturer for the Santa Fe Opera, the Music Director of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Artistic Advisor to the ArtWorks program, which provides arts education programs for public school students and teachers. His unique presentations have helped thousands of music lovers deepen their enjoyment and understanding of music. This program is free.

April 19, 26; May 3, 10, and 17, 2014

Albuquerque / Albuquerque Museum / 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Santa Fe / Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse / 2:00 – 3:30 PM

April 19, Mozart and Salieri: The Competition / Mozart: The Impresario

April 26, Beethoven to the Rescue! / Beethoven: Fidelio

May 3, Growing up Buffa – Italian Comic Opera / Donizetti: Don Pasquale

May 10, Freedom to Live, Freedom to Die / Bizet: Carmen

May 17, Becoming Modern / Stravinsky: The Nightingale

For more information, contact Andrea Walters at 505-986-5928.