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We offer a variety of learning opportunities for adults throughout the year. These include introductory spotlights, psychological insights and in-depth seminars during our season.

Prelude Talks

Oliver Prezant

Presenter - Oliver Prezant

A road map for your evening’s performance, these talks are complimentary to ticket holders and are held 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 not offered on opening night or before our Apprentice Scenes.

Check back with us at a later time for more information on our 2023 Season prelude talks.

Oliver Prezant Bio


Season Seminar

Drama, Music and Meaning in Opera

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Presenter - Jennifer Rhodes

Join us for a guided journey into masterworks of the operatic tradition presented with unmatched artistic excellence. Participants will learn about and discuss the season’s five operas, including their composers, plots, musical characteristics and interpretations. Hosted by Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, the seminars will be held in-person and are designed for those new to opera as well as frequent opera patrons.

July 31 – August 4, 2023
The Flying Dutchman, Tosca, Pelléas et Mélisande and Rusalka
Package includes lectures and tickets to 4 operas.

Front Orchestra: $1,450. Add on Orfeo for $300
Zone 2: $1,200. Add on Orfeo for $250
Lecture-Only package: $500

For more information or to register, contact Alvaro Quintanar at 505-986-2404 or

Dr. Jennifer Rhodes Bio

Opera InSight

The Santa Fe Opera’s Video Series Returns – Opera InSight 2022: “Diving in”

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Presenter - Don Fineberg

We return to a five-production season this year. Let’s Dive in. The operas span the world of laugh-out-loud comedy, rousing hummable arias, profound love stories and a world premiere. Opera Insight’s 20-30 minute sessions include an introductory session and one session for each of the operas: the deadly passion of Bizet’s Carmen, the comedic gem of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; Verdi’s last opera, based on Shakespeare, Falstaff; the incomparable Love story of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, and world premiere of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly. Every one of our operas gives us a chance to “dive in” and learn more about the characters in these operas and what it means for us to be human.

Episode 1 – Deadline Passion – Carmen
Episode 2 – Old School Cutting Edge Comedy – The Barber of Seville
Episode 3 – There’s No Fool Like – Falstaff
Episode 4 – Epic Love – Tristan und Isolde
Episode 5 – Loved by the Perfect Woman – M. Butterfly

Check back with us at a later time for information on our 2023 Season Opera Insight Series.

Dr. Don Fineberg Bio

Consider the Source

Conversations & Seminars

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Presenter - Jennifer Rhodes

The Santa Fe Opera is pleased to present the digital offering of Consider the Source Conversations and Seminars. Led by the incomparable Jennifer Rhodes, the series will be based on the source material for Santa Fe Opera’s festival season. Each month Dr. Rhodes and her guests will explore how the text source of each opera has influenced that production’s creation, including its concept, designs, role interpretations and more. Registrants can choose to participate in the Consider the Source Conversations, Seminars or both.

Please check back at a later time for updates to this program regarding our 2023 Season!

Dr. Jennifer Rhodes Bio


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I wouldn’t miss this experience again for any reason but death, severe illness or financial ruin!

Seminar Participant

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For more information, contact:

Alvaro Quintanar
Audience Engagement Manager