What You Need to Know About the Sante Fe Opera House

Santa Fe is a city steeped in a rich and artistic culture. From art galleries to theaters, you’ll find plenty of ways to immerse in the arts and appreciate new forms of entertainment. One particular local attraction that has been an icon in the world of the performing arts is the Santa Fe Opera House. Since 1957, opera lovers have been drawn to this magnificent structure to take in the beauty of northern New Mexico and breathtaking performances. Read on to learn more about the Santa Fe Opera House and when you can enjoy one of their incredible shows!

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History of the Santa Fe Opera House

The 76-acres that the Santa Fe Opera House now served many roles throughout hundreds of years including a pinto bean plantation, mink farm, and a pig farm. When the Santa Fe Opera House founder, John O. Crosby, first visited, it was just a mere guest ranch that warmly welcomed musical luminaries. Some of these musicians included conductors Efrem Kurtz, Fritz Reiner, and Herbert von Karajan.

Crosby took over the land in 1956 thanks to a $200,000 investment from his parents. From then on, the organization put on fabulous shows guided by discipline, strategic planning, and creative values.

Although the Santa Fe Opera House has significantly grown and sprouted new buildings, it continues to thrive off its original values and mission statement.

Mission of the Santa Fe Opera House

The mission of the Santa Fe Opera House is to advance the operatic form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality. With the opera house’s unique setting and rarely performed works, they ensure the excellence of the opera’s future and foster an understanding and appreciation of opera in the public.

Santa Fe Opera 2018

While the 2017 season for the opera has come and gone, it’s never too early to start planning for next season! Here are some of the shows that we’re sure you’ll want to mark into your calendars right away!


Launching the opera house’s 62nd season is Candide, a spectacular production with a memorable score and noteworthy songs. The optimistic Candide and his fiance have always been taught that “everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.” However, when separation, earthquakes, and the Spanish inquisition strike, they learn that life is not what they thought it was, but it’s all we know.

Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly features Puccini’s longest and most passionate love duet and also his most lyrical music. The show is based on John Luther Long’s novel about an American naval lieutenant who marries a 15-year-old Japanese geisha and then deserts her.

The Italian Girl in Algiers

The pop-up production of The Italian Girl in Algiers has been just as popular as the opera itself. It has winged its way around the continent to San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Calgary, Kansas City, St. Paul, and Costa Mesa since its 2002 premiere. It touches down at its home field for just five performances. The smash hit comedy about the relationship between European and “Moorish” cultures.

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