The Santa Fe Opera

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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 7 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?

Shuttles for our 2022 Season are not yet available; please check back at a later time.

Opera Dining

Does the opera offer dining?

Preview Dinners and Tailgate Picnics for our 2022 Season are not yet available; please check back with us at a later time.

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

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?

Enjoy our virtual tour!

Enhance Your Visit

Are there talks or lectures to attend?

Enjoy our virtual pre-performance chats from our 2021 Season.  Check back with us at a later time regarding talks for our 2022 Season.

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.

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