The 2013 season of The Santa Fe Opera is almost here! Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a Santa Fe area B&B, which is located in historic Chimayo, NM. Casa Escondida B&B offers accommodations that are only a 30-minute drive from this striking, state-of-the-art, open-air opera house. The 2013 Santa Fe Opera performance schedule is unbelievable. The performance schedule includes The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, The Marriage of Figaro, La Donna del Lago, La Traviata, as well as, the Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of Oscar. 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! Even if you are not a true opera-lover, your Santa Fe New Mexico vacation must include least one performance at the Santa Fe Opera. The Santa Fe Opera house was designed to meld with the beautiful high desert landscape, complete with breathtaking mountain views. It is a very unique experience, which will leave an everlasting impression. Ticket holders can enhance their opera experience by participating in one of the FREE “prelude talks“. These are lively and informative talks that are offered before most opera performances. The Santa Fe Opera is truly one of the world’s leading opera festivals, which will commence on June 28th, 2013 and conclude on August 24th, 2013. Purchase your Santa Fe Opera tickets now. Dress as you please for the opera. 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. If you are looking for just a taste of opera, consider purchasing tickets for the Santa Fe Opera’s “Apprentice Showcase Scenes” (Aug. 11th & 18th only). These are fully staged opera scenes that allow you to enjoy the opera stars of tomorrow. Tickets for the apprentice showcase scenes are only $21 for adults and $7 for children. The Santa Fe Opera also offers “Backstage Tours”. The Backstage Tours allow you to go behind the scenes and learn about the world of opera production. These tours are 1-hour in length and they are offered Monday – Friday at 9 AM, through August 23rd, 2013. Backstage tour tickets are only $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and folks that are ages 6 – 22 years of age are FREE! No reservation is needed for the backstage tour. Would you enjoy an extended tour of the 155-acre opera grounds, which is known as the “Opera Ranch Tour“? This tour is offered at 10 AM on the fourth Friday of June, July and August. There is also a a “Meet the Artist” component to the Opera Ranch Tour. No reservation is necessary. The opera ranch tour is $20 or if you combine it with a Backstage Tour, the cost is only an additional $12. New for 2013 is the “Opera Insider Day”. Opera Insider Days are offered on Saturdays only from June 1 through August 24, 2013, during which an Opera Guild member will welcome you to the Santa Fe Opera at 8:30 AM with coffee and muffins. Then at 9 AM, the opera staff member will talk about his or her specialty at the opera. A FREE backstage tour will follow their talk. Did you think that tailgate parties were just for the Super Bowl? Not so! The pre-performance tailgate parties that take place in the parking lot at the Santa Fe Opera are pretty spectacular. The staff at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast can to direct you to anything that you may need for putting together a great pre-opera tailgate party (anything from a gourmet deli to a New Mexico winery) or you can pre-order your tailgate picnic directly from the Santa Fe Opera. The parking lot opens 3 hours prior to curtain time. Looking for something a bit more sophisticated? For $55 per person, you can enjoy a “preview buffet” which includes dinner, wine and dessert on the beautifully landscaped rehearsal grounds. In addition, a guest speaker will offer an informative talk about the evening’s opera during the dessert course. Casa Escondida B&B is the ideal New Mexico vacation rental to base out of for your New Mexico retreat or a romantic New Mexico getaway. Contact us to check room availability or to inquire about a reservation. Casa Escondida B&B is a green bed and breakfast that also offers pet-friendly lodging in 4 of our 8 guest rooms. Casa Escondida B&B is happy to assist you in planning your New Mexico adventure. We look forward to having you as our guest! Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful rooms available throughout the opera season. Your evening at the Santa Fe Opera will make you cheer “bravo”!