Santa Fe Opera

Nicole Voris

I recently traveled to my home state of New Mexico for a weekend trip to visit my family.  If you have never visited I would highly recommend it.  The large skies, desert landscape,  mountain ranges, art, and "electromagnetism" will leave you with a different perspective of life and the world around you.  

The famous painter Georgia O'Keeffe once said, "When I got to New Mexico that was mine. As soon as I saw it that was my country. I’d never seen anything like it before, but it fitted to me exactly. It’s something that’s in the air, it’s different. The sky is different, the wind is different. I shouldn’t say too much about it because other people may be interested and I don’t want them interested.”

  Georgia O'Keeffe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie's II, 1930, Oil on canvas mounted to board, 24 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches, Gift of the Burnett Foundation, ©Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Georgia O'Keeffe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie's II, 1930, Oil on canvas mounted to board, 24 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches, Gift of the Burnett Foundation, ©Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

I agree with Ms. O'Keeffe, but will share a bit with you today.  There are so many beautiful places to visit in New Mexico, but this post will focus on my quick visit to Santa Fe. 

My mother, my aunt, my cousin, and I took an overnight trip up to Santa Fe to see the Opera. We made the two hour drive from our home early Saturday afternoon. Even the drive is beautiful.  

The Santa Fe Opera is different from any other opera I know of.  To begin with, they encourage getting to the opera three hours early to "tailgate" in the parking lot.  It isn't your typical football tailgate party though.  Think people in vintage cars, tables with white table clothes and candles, and wine and cheese.  It was so wonderful to have this beautiful spread and eat nestled amongst the mountains.

Once we finished our lovely dinner we headed into the theater.  Santa Fe Opera has one of the most beautiful and unique theaters I have ever been in.  While the stage and seats are covered, there are no walls and the theater is open to the outside and the beautiful air. 

 The "lobby" of the theater.  Check out that sky!

The "lobby" of the theater.  Check out that sky!

 My attempt at a panorama from my seat inside the theater

My attempt at a panorama from my seat inside the theater

It's a unique experience to watch live theater from this space.  You see the the sun set behind the performers and you can smell the fresh summer rain.  It adds new elements to  the performance and makes it feel more relatable and human. 

We saw the opera Rigoletto.  It was my first time seeing it and I really enjoyed it.  The cast and music was of course wonderful, but I was really impressed with the staging.  They used a rotating stage that created different vignettes for each scene.  

A friend of mine was one of the dancers in the production so we got to go backstage after the performance.  It helped make the already great night even better.  Look how beautiful the theater looks from the view of the stage door. 

After breakfast the next morning we headed home. It was a lovely evening and one of the highlights of my trip home. 

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