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


Continuing Education

echoes from cold mountain

The Santa Fe Opera joins the New Mexico History Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Chatter, and Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse in presenting a series of events in conjunction with the much-anticipated world premiere of a new American opera by Pulitzer-prize winner Jennifer Higdon, based upon Cold Mountain, the National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Frazier.

Film Series

March - July 2015
This series explores the lasting impact of the Civil War, American history's most painful chapter. The films and presenters promise to offer new windows of understanding into a struggle that, 150 years after its conclusion, remains central to our identity. All films shown at the Cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

Sunday, March 22, 12:30 pm, Cold Mountain

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm, Red Badge of Courage 

May TBD, The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns
     Sunday, May 11, 12:30 pm, Episodes 1 and 2, introduced by Paul Barnes
     Monday, May 12, 12:30 pm, Episodes 3 and 4
     Wednesday, May 13, 12:30 pm,  Episodes 5 and 6
     Thursday, May 14, 12:30 pm, Episodes 7 and 8
     Friday, May 15, Episode 9, 12:30 pm, followed by refreshments and conversation with Paul Barnes
     Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm, marathon screening
     Sunday, May 17, 10:00 am  - 3:30 pm, marathon screening

Saturday, June 20, 11:00 am, The General

Sunday, July 12, 5:30 pm, Look of Silence, $12, Director Joshua Oppenheimer in person and a special guest by Skype

Click here for ticketing information or call 505-982-1338.

Book Club

March - July 2015
Charles Frazier curates a monthly book club held at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St in Santa Fe. Each month a different book will be discussed, led by a carefully selected moderator. The series concludes with Cold Mountain, to be moderated by Charles Frazier himself. Below is a list of books and moderators for each month:

Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 pm: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Moderator: Dr. Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00 pm: Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Moderator: Meredith Davidson, Curator 19th and 20th Century Southwest Collection, New Mexico History Museum

Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 pm: William Faulkner, The Unvanquished
Moderator: Robert Glick, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, formerly with The Santa Fe Opera, currently President of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation

Tuesday, June 9, 6:00 pm: Geraldine Brooks, March
Moderator: Desiree Mays, M.A., author and international lecturer on opera

Wednesday, July 29, 6:00 pm: Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain
Moderator: Charles Frazier


Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War
Opens Friday, May 1, and runs through February 26, 2016
New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe
An associated program for Cold Mountain 

For more information, click here for the New Mexico History Museum website.

Chamber Music Concert

Sunday, July 26, 2015
A musical portrait of Jennifer Higdon presented in association with Chatter

10:30 am, Kosmos, Albuquerque; tickets are $15 and available in advance via Chatter

4:00 pm, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe; tickets are $15 and available in advance from The Santa Fe Opera box office, 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654


Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2, 2015

FRIDAY, July 31, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Opening session with Gary Gallagher, the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War (1998) at the University of Virginia.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

1:00 - 2:30 pm
Discussion by New Mexican historians speaking to the topic of "Adapting History": Paul Hutton (UNM History Professor and Executive Director of the Western History Association), Kirk Ellis (writer/co-executive producer of the HBO miniseries John Adams) and Hampton Sides (author of Hellhound on His Trail, Ghost Soldiers, and Blood and Thunder). Moderator: Estevan Rael-Galvez

SATURDAY, August 1, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Creative Team Panel Discussion
Discussion with Cold Mountain author, Charles R. Frazier; composer Jennifer Higdon; the librettist Gene Scheer; and the creative team, including director Leonard Foglia; scenic designer Robert Brill; costume designer David C. Woolard; video designer Elaine J. McCarthy; and lighting designer Brian Nason. Glyndebourne dramaturge Cori Ellison will moderate. The session will examine and unpack the creative choices involved in the story's transition from novel to opera to stage production.

SUNDAY, August 2, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
2:00 pm
Closing address by Civil War and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer-Father Abraham: The Lincoln Image, and How it was Made
Abraham Lincoln was many things to his contemporaries: hero or tyrant, liberator or colonizer, unifier or divider--and, ultimately, martyr and secular saint. But one of the most enduring aspects of his reputation--and of countless visual images that illustrated and inspired it--that of Father Abraham, America's quintessential husband and parent, was a surprisingly long time in the making. When it took shape, however, it proved indestructible. This illustrated talk will explore the roots and parameters of the Father Abraham image, and offer insights into why it was so long in arriving and when it did take shape, so important to our history and so lasting in American memory.

3:00 pm
Mark Lee Gardner & Rex Rideout present We Bring the Jubilee!: A Concert of Civil War Songs and Stories.

All sessions take place at the New Mexico History Museum.

Registration for the Symposium has closed.

For more information on any of these events please contact Andrea Fellows Walters at 505-986-5928.

A salome celebration

On July 19, the Center for Contemporary Arts and The Santa Fe Opera will present a very special event: A Salome Celebration, with Al Pacino in person. We invite you to join us for this benefit for the CCA and the Opera, which will feature two films by Al Pacino, a reception and an onstage interview with Pacino. The programs celebrates The Santa Fe Opera's production of Salome, premiering July 18. 

A Salome Celebration, July 19:
     3:30 pm: Screening of Pacino's Wilde Salomé, a film exploring his production of Salome in Los Angeles
     5:00 pm: Reception
     5:45 pm: Screening of Pacino's filmed version of Salome
     7:15 pm: Onstage interview with Pacino

All events happen at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe

Your $75 ticket supports The Santa Fe Opera's film programming, which has been created in partnership with the CCA since 2007.

Information on the films can be found below:
To buy tickets, please call 505-982-1338 or click here.
Please contact Mary Hannah or Jason Silverman at 505-982-1338, or 

Wilde Salomé 
"Never less than fascinating...Pacino shows a great interest in the more challenging of classics, and an enthusiasm for staging productions in new and different is delightful and amusing to see him go about his acting preparation...and having fun with the audience as much as with the project itself."
- Screen Daily

Like his masterful Looking for Richard, which simultaneously stages Shakespeare's Richard III and explores its history and complexities, Pacino takes us deep into Oscar Wilde's essential Salomé, offering both rich context and behind-the-scenes access. Pacino represents the struggles and highs and lows of presenting a challenging piece of writing by one of the literary geniuses of the 20th century, along with the thrill of discovering a new star, Jessica Chastain. He also strives to understand Wilde's need to express something so utterly different to anything he wrote, before or after. Wilde Salomé is a thrilling, revealing avant-garde journey into the light and heart of a great masterwork. (U.S., 2011, 98m, digital)

"Thematically and visually magnificent, like no other theatrical adaptation. Brimming with dynamism and fiery energy...has a real visual buzz...part live stage performance and part arthouse cinematic endeavor...Pacino is electrifying."
- Culture Fix

Pacino, along with Jessica Chastain, director Estelle Parsons and legendary cinematographer Benoit Delhomme (Theory of Everything) transform a stage version of Oscar Wilde's play, at the beautiful Wadsworth Theatre in L.A., into a hypnotic, adventurous and emotionally intense filmed update. "Salomé is my attempt to merge play and film," Pacino says. "The mediums can collide and my hope is to have them unify so that you're seeing pure theater on film. To make that hybrid effective has been my goal; to have the more naturalistic photogenic qualities of film complement the language-driven essence of theater." (U.S., 2013, 78m, digital)

spotlight series

Join Oliver Prezant in Santa Fe and Albuquerque for five themed-talks based on our upcoming season.

Santa Fe, Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St., 2:00 pm:
Saturday, April 18, Changes of Scenery: Italians in Paris - Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment
Saturday, April 25, Opera As Drama: Advancing the Plot - Verdi's Rigoletto
Saturday, May 2, Music Speaks: Leading Motives - Richard Strauss' Salome
Saturday, May 9, Growing up Buffa: Love in the Garden - Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera
Saturday, May 16, Novel Ideas: Going Home - Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain 

Albuquerque, Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, 2:00 pm:
Sunday, April 19, Changes of Scenery: Italians in Paris - Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment
Sunday, April 26, Opera As Drama: Advancing the Plot - Verdi's Rigoletto
Sunday, May 3, Music Speaks: Leading Motives - Richard Strauss' Salome
Sunday, May 10, Growing up Buffa: Love in the Garden - Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera
Sunday, May 17, Novel Ideas: Going Home - Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain

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

Opera and Psychology

From the Novel through the Opera:
Narrative Continuity and Ethical Dilemmas in Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain.
Presenter: Donald E. Fineberg, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist, Lecturer and Seminar Leader
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 12:30 - 5:30 pm
$95 for attendance
$120 for 6 CEU credits

For further information, contact Dr. Judy Mikkelsen 505-989-4780

The Santa Fe Opera Seminar

Two sessions are being offered by the Opera and led by Dr. Mary Kime and Dr. Elinor Olin. These will be conducted on The Santa Fe Opera campus and each session includes preferred seating to four Opera performances. Lodging is located in downtown Santa Fe with transportation provided to-and-from class sessions. Enrollment is limited.

Session I:  August 3 - 7, 2015
Daughter of the Regiment, Rigoletto, Salome, La finta giardiniera
Optional Opera: Cold Mountain

Session II:  August 10 – 14, 2015, SOLD OUT!
Rigoletto, Salome, La finta giardiniera, Cold Mountain
Optional Opera: Daughter of the Regiment

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

Prelude talks

Lively and informative 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. For best availability and due to popularity, the first talk is recommended.

Prelude Talks are not offered on July 3, 2015, or on Apprentice Scenes performance evenings (August 16 and 23, 2015).

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