A message from our General Director

Updates from General Director Robert K. Meya Regarding COVID-19 and the Santa Fe Opera


Published March 31, 2020 at 4:39 pm

Dear Friend,

Like all of you, I have been continuously monitoring the latest news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and paying close attention to instructions from our public officials. The health and safety of our staff, artists, patrons and community are at the forefront of my thoughts. At this time, while we know this crisis is far from over, we feel it is too soon to predict the future of our 2020 Season. It is my sincere hope that, over the course of the next month, we will have greater clarity about the pandemic’s impact on public gatherings and travel in July and August. As soon as we become better armed with information, you will be the first to know. In the meantime, I would like to share our COVID-19 FAQ page, where we strive to answer your questions. We remain committed to making the best decision for the entire Santa Fe Opera community. As we navigate these uncertain times, your patience, support and generosity mean more than ever before. Thank you.


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Robert K. Meya
General Director

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Published March 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

Dear Friends,

It is difficult to predict how long the current situation will last. None of us could have predicted this three months ago. We, at the Santa Fe Opera, remain cautious about predicting what the world will look like three months from now.

For the time being, we remain optimistic and focused on preparing for our 2020 Season which is due to open on July 3. When the coronavirus pandemic is behind us, we will have a greater need than ever for the experience of live opera in our open-air theatre overlooking a vast expanse of unparalleled natural beauty.

Please know that we are taking every precaution to keep our staff safe as we make those preparations for the 2020 Season and we are also working to ensure that our environment is safe for our patrons. We have implemented stringent sanitation measures throughout our campus and created health and wellness procedures to monitor the well-being of all staff and artists.

We are also reviewing our ticket refund and exchange policies and will be prepared to address those with all ticket purchasers once we know more about the fate of the 2020 Season. Again, at present, we have every intention of moving forward with planning and preparations and we will keep you posted as things evolve. In the event of changes in the season, or a cancellation, we will be in touch with you immediately to share all options for your ticket purchase.

Over the course of 64 years, the Santa Fe Opera has weathered many storms. I have every confidence that, together with your continued support and encouragement, we will weather this one too. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for sharing our optimism.

With deepest gratitude,

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Robert K. Meya
General Director

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