The Santa Fe Opera

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Pelleas and Melisande tower scene image. Photo (c) Curtis Brown Photography for the Santa Fe Opera

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact the Box Office to get the answers you need by calling us at 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654; email us at

Getting Here

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.

Getting Here

How does parking work?

Parking is free in lighted lots adjacent to the theater. Parking lots open 3 hours prior to the performance.

Parking Lot Info & Policies

Is there shuttle service to get to the opera?

Book a comfortable round-trip ride from several pick-up locations in Santa Fe. 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.

Getting Here

Opera Dining

Does the opera offer dining?

Add to your experience with a variety of pre-opera dinners and events.

Opera Dining

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.

Parking Lot Info & Policies

Things to Know

Are children allowed in the theater?

Children under six are not permitted at evening performances.

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.

Enhance Your Visit

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.

Enhance Your Visit

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.

Opera Shop

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.

Box Office & Theater Info

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.

Seat Map

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.