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 

2019 Opera Insight Seminar Schedule and Registration is TBA - please check back

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. 

Please note: all Opera InSight events take place at The Santa Fe Opera ​301 Opera Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87506


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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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