The 2012 season of The Santa Fe Opera is here! The performance schedule is unbelievable. Purchase your Santa Fe Opera tickets now. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a Santa Fe area B&B that is located in historic Chimayo, NM, which is only a 30-minute drive from this striking, state-of-the-art theatre, which has won several significant design awards. This open-air opera house was designed to meld with the beautiful high desert landscape. The Santa Fe Opera property totals 155 acres, offering breathtaking views of the Jemez Mountains to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east. Even if you are not a true opera-lover, your visit to Santa Fe must include least one performance at the Santa Fe Opera facility. It is such a unique experience. It is the fusion of the natural landscape with the music that leaves an everlasting impression. Opera in Santa Fe is a huge summer event that will commence on June 29th and conclude on August 25th. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful rooms available throughout the opera season. Dress for the opera is as unique as the opera house itself. Dress as you please. It can be casual or formal but remember that New Mexico weather is unique and you are in an open-air concert hall that is located in a high desert. Temperatures will drop considerably between curtain time and the end of the opera. Over the years, more than 1,600 performances of nearly 140 different operas have been performed, including nine world premieres and 40 American premieres. The Santa Fe Opera is truly one of the world’s leading opera festivals. The 2012 Santa Fe Opera performance schedule includes Tosca, The Pearl Fishers, Maometto II, King Roger and Arabella. Even an opera novice can enjoy and understand any of these operas because every seat offers an opera title screen that does instantaneous translations for you! You can also enhance your opera experience by participating in one of the “backstage tours” or one of the “prelude talks“. The prelude talks are lively and informative talks that are offered before most performances and they are FREE to ticket holders. Backstage tours allow you to go behind the scenes and learn about the world of opera production. These are 1-hour tours that are given Monday – Friday at 9 AM, through August 24, 2012. Backstage tour tickets are only $5 and no reservation is needed. Tickets are sold at the start of the tour. Did you think that tailgate parties were just for the Super Bowl? Not so! The pre-performance tailgate parties that take place in the Santa Fe Opera parking lot are pretty spectacular. The staff at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast can to refer you to gourmet deli’s, New Mexico wineries and more. They can provide you with what you need for the perfect pre-opera tailgate party. Your evening at the Santa Fe Opera will make you cheer “bravo”!