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Enhance Your Visit

Make the most of your evening at the opera by adding a backstage tour, prelude talk, shuttle service or a special opera event!

Backstage Tours

Experience the unparalleled natural beauty of the Santa Fe Opera’s setting, its unique architecture and history. Discover how an opera production comes together with this “behind-the-scenes” tour. Tours take place Monday through Saturday at 9 am during June, July and August and last approximately 45 minutes.

Adult tickets are $10 and are free for youth (ages 6-22). Reservations are encouraged. Not offered on June 23, July 5, 13, 14, 20 & 21.

Tour Tickets


Prelude Talks

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.

On July 5, 7, 8, 14 and 15 the prelude talks are held once only in the theater at 7 pm.

Prelude Talks are not offered on June 30 or before the Apprentice Scenes on August 13 and 20.


Book a comfortable round-trip ride from several pick-up locations in Santa Fe for $65 per person. The early shuttle arrives in time to attend our Preview Dinner or the first Prelude Talk. The late shuttle arrives 30 minutes prior to your performance.

Shuttle tickets must be purchased by 3 pm the day before; they may sell out earlier. Once booked, no ticket is required to board our shuttle; your name will be on the driver’s manifest.

Shuttle Tickets

Virtual Tour: Discovering Our Home in the Land of Enchantment

Narrated by Robert Redford

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Theater roofline at night with stars

A Truly Immersive Opera Experience

Expand your festivities through our special events. Celebrate with us and experience the magic that everyone is talking about.

Special Events

Theater exterior with baffles and white clouds

There’s not a more magical experience anywhere…it’s no wonder this is America’s pre-eminent summer opera festival.

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