Santa Fe Opera Seminars

2019 Season Seminar | Opera Insight Seminar

2019 Season seminar

Drama, Music, and Meaning in Opera

Join us for a guided journey into masterworks of the operatic tradition presented as only The Santa Fe Opera can with unmatched artistic excellence in a unique outdoor setting. The Santa Fe Opera offers two separate weeklong seminars, with lectures and discussions centered on Santa Fe Opera's 2019 season. Participants will learn about and discuss the 2019 operas, their composers, plots, musical characteristics and performances.The seminars will be held in a space on the Opera grounds from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm daily, with lunch provided at the Opera’s Cantina (included in cost, except for optional day). Each Seminar will offer both a backstage tour and an opera grounds tour as a part of the week’s activities.  These seminars are for those new to opera as well as those who have participated before.


July 29 – August 2, 2019

La bohème
The Pearl Fishers
Così fan tutte

Optional: The Thirteenth Child

August 5 - 9, 2019(SOLD OUT)

Così fan tutte
The Pearl Fishers

The Thirteenth Child
OPTIONAL: La bohème

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For days on which there is an evening opera performance:

9:30 a.m. Shuttle Departure from Hotel Santa Fe for participants resident lodging there
10:00 a.m. Lecture/discussion with mid-morning break
12:30 p.m. Lunch at the Opera Cantina
1:30 p.m. Departure from Opera: return to Hotel Santa Fe
(Exceptions: Backstage Tour of Opera House, occasional special sessions, after which shuttle will return to Hotel Santa Fe)

Afternoons: Free

6:20 p.m. Shuttle leaves Hotel Santa Fe to the performance
7:00 p.m. Pre-performance Lecture
8:00 p.m. Opera Performance
(Post-performance shuttle returns to Hotel Santa Fe)

Opera Insight seminar 

Ethics, Narrative and Psychotherapy inspired by Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte

Presented by The Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and Santa Fe Opera

Every form of psychotherapy works through its narrative. While “narrative therapy” specifically focuses on this content, every therapy overtly or by implication begins with an initial version of a person’s situation, formulates an understanding of this situation and endeavors to transform it through an intervention. The process is fraught with ethical challenges. Viewing this process through the engaging dilemmas and fictional characters of Mozart’s masterpiece, Così fan tutte, we gain insight into the practice of psychotherapy and psychology of choices we all must make in our lives.

The program offers 10 APA approved CE credits (6 qualifying for ethics requirements)

Includes in addition to the Seminar hours: refreshments and lunch on day one, a backstage tour of the opera, Prelude Talk, and a ticket to the Friday, July 26, performance of Così fan tutte.

2019 Opera INsight info & Schedule

Where: The Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87506

When: July 26 and 27, 2019

Presenter: Dr. Don Fineberg

Cost: $600 per person including opera tickets; $475 sans opera ticket

Friday, July 26, 2019

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM: Coffee and Welcome

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM: Part I: Introduction to Narrative, Ethics, Psychotherapy

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM: Part II: Psychology and Così fan tutte

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Part III – Ethical dimensions of Narrative therapy

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: Backstage Tour of Opera (optional)

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Part IV – Narrative therapy techniques in theory

3:30 PM – 3:45: Break

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Part V – Narrative therapy techniques in practice

7:30 PM: Opera Prelude Talk, Stieren Hall

8:30 PM: Performance of Così fan tutte


Saturday, July 27, 2019

8:30 AM – 9:00 aM: Coffee

9:00 AM – 10:45 am: Part VI Review – ethical questions and therapy issues in Così fan tutte

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Part VII – Integrating Narrative therapy into your practice

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Conclusions and Evaluation forms*

*requirement for CE credit

About Presenter Don Fineberg

Presenter Don Fineberg has practiced psychiatry in Santa Fe since 1978 and since 1990 has consulted and taught English and psychology at Santa Fe Prep. He lectures on a variety of topics related to clinical practice, education, and the arts, especially opera. Over 20 years he developed a following for Opera and Psychology, seminars inspired by one of the operas from The Santa Fe Opera’s festival season. Topics included the role of time—a present that incorporates a remembered past and an anticipated future—the ethics of relationships, and the nature of love. In 2016 he introduced Opera InSight, which has since returned in an expanded format. 

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OPERA INSIGHT is Sponsored by The Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SIAP). SIAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SIAP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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Prelude Talks

Your road map for each evening’s performance! These talks are complimentary to ticket holders and are held in Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances.  

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