Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the opera?
The Santa Fe Opera is located seven miles north of downtown Santa Fe on the west side of U.S. Highway 84/285. We suggest arriving no later than 30 minutes prior to performance time to avoid traffic congestion.
How does parking work?
Parking is free in lighted lots adjacent to the theater. Parking lots open 3 hours prior to the performance.
Is there shuttle service to get to the opera?
Book a comfortable, round-trip ride from Santa Fe arriving approximately 25 minutes prior to your performance time.
Does the opera offer dining?
Add to your experience with a variety of pre-opera dinners and events.
Do people tailgate?
A limited number of picnic tables adjacent to the parking lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tailgaters are welcome to set up a small table with chairs adjacent to their parked cars.
Things to Know
What if I don’t speak the language of the opera?
The Electronic Libretto System offers instant translations in your choice of English or Spanish on a small display screen in front of every seat and standing room space.
How should I dress for the opera?
Whether you prefer casual or formal attire, you’ll find comfort with your own sense of style! Please remember that the opera is an open-air theater, so jackets and blankets are recommended.
What is the weather like?
Evenings may be cool and/or rainy. Jackets, blankets and umbrellas are encouraged. The temperature can drop 10 to 15 degrees between curtain time and the end of the opera.
Does the opera offer tours?
Opera House Tours allow guests to experience the unparalleled natural beauty of the Santa Fe Opera’s setting, its unique architecture and its open-air theater.
Are there talks or lectures to attend?
Join us for our Prelude Talks, a road map for your evening’s performance, which are complimentary to ticket holders.
Is the theater accessible?
The theater is ADA accessible. Please let the Box Office know your needs in advance.
Does the opera have a gift shop?
The Santa Fe Opera Shop offers a unique assortment of fun, fascinating and fashionable gifts to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and even the creation of opera. With music, books, videos, jewelry, home goods and activity kits for kids, the Shop has something for everyone.
Where can I find all ticketing and theater policies?
You can find answers about our ticketing policies by visiting our Box Office & Theater Info page.
Where can I view the various seating sections within the theater?
If you have specific seating needs or require accessible seating, contact the Box Office.
Does the opera allow firearms?
Firearms are not allowed on the premises. Pursuant to New Mexico Law Sec 30-7-3 (A). Open or concealed carrying of a firearm, either loaded or unloaded, onto these premises is strictly prohibited. Any person carrying a firearm is guilty of a fourth-degree felony.
Can I bring an oversized bag or picnic basket into the theater?
Oversized bags, such as a large duffle bag, luggage or a large picnic basket, should be left in your car or at home.