In addition to our mainstage productions, the Opera is dedicated to offering diverse
and enriching programs throughout the Southwest.


Continuing Education

echoes from cold mountain

The Santa Fe Opera joins the New Mexico History Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Chatter, and Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse in presenting a series of events in conjunction with the much-anticipated world premiere of a new American opera by Pulitzer-prize winner Jennifer Higdon, based upon Cold Mountain, the National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Frazier.

Film Series

March - July 2015
This series explores the lasting impact of the Civil War, American history's most painful chapter. The films and presenters promise to offer new windows of understanding into a struggle that, 150 years after its conclusion, remains central to our identity. All films shown at the Cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

Sunday, March 22, 12:30 pm, Cold Mountain

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm, Red Badge of Courage 

May TBD, The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns
     Sunday, May 11, 12:30 pm, Episodes 1 and 2, introduced by Paul Barnes
     Monday, May 12, 12:30 pm, Episodes 3 and 4
     Wednesday, May 13, 12:30 pm,  Episodes 5 and 6
     Thursday, May 14, 12:30 pm, Episodes 7 and 8
     Friday, May 15, Episode 9, 12:30 pm, followed by refreshments and conversation with Paul Barnes
     Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm, marathon screening
     Sunday, May 17, 10:00 am  - 3:30 pm, marathon screening

Saturday, June 20, 11:00 am, The General

July TBD, Look of Silence

These events are free. Click here for ticketing information or call 505-982-1338.

Book Club

March - July 2015
Charles Frazier curates a monthly book club held at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St in Santa Fe. Each month a different book will be discussed, led by a carefully selected moderator. The series concludes with Cold Mountain, to be moderated by Charles Frazier himself. Below is a list of books and moderators for each month:

Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 pm: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Moderator: Dr. Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00 pm: Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Moderator: Meredith Davidson, Curator 19th and 20th Century Southwest Collection, New Mexico History Museum

Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 pm: William Faulkner, The Unvanquished
Moderator: Robert Glick, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, formerly with The Santa Fe Opera, currently President of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation

Tuesday, June 9, 6:00 pm: Geraldine Brooks, March
Moderator: Desiree Mays, M.A., author and international lecturer on opera

Wednesday, July 29, 6:00 pm: Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain
Moderator: Charles Frazier


Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War
Opens Friday, May 1, and runs through February 26, 2016
New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe
An associated program for Cold Mountain 

For more information, click here for the New Mexico History Museum website.

Chamber Music Concert

Sunday, July 26, 2015
A musical portrait of Jennifer Higdon presented in association with Chatter
10:30 am, Kosmos, Albuquerque
4:00 pm, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe


Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2, 2015

Opening session with Gary Gallagher, the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War (1998) at the University of Virginia.

Discussion by New Mexican historians speaking to the topic of "Adapting History": Paul Hutton (UNM History Professor and Executive Director of the Western History Association), Kirk Ellis (writer/co-executive producer of the HBO miniseries John Adams) and Hampton Sides (author of Hellhound on His Trail, Ghost Soldiers, and Blood and Thunder).

Discussion with Cold Mountain author, Charles R. Frazier; composer Jennifer Higdon; the librettist Gene Scheer; and the creative team, including director Leonard Foglia; scenic designer Robert Brill; costume designer David C. Woolard; video designer Elaine J. McCarthy; and lighting designer Brian Nason. Glyndebourne dramaturge Cori Ellison will moderate. The session will examine and unpack the creative choices involved in the story's transition from novel to opera to stage production.

Closing address by Civil War and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. Mark Lee Gardner & Rex Rideout present We Bring the Jubilee!: A Concert of Civil War Songs and Stories.

All sessions take place at the New Mexico History Museum.

To register for the Symposium, please click here.

For more information on any of these events please contact Andrea Fellows Walters at 505-986-5928.

spotlight series

Join Oliver Prezant in Santa Fe and Albuquerque for five themed-talks based on our upcoming season.

Santa Fe, Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St., 2:00 pm:
Saturday, April 18, Changes of Scenery: Italians in Paris - Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment
Saturday, April 25, Opera As Drama: Advancing the Plot - Verdi's Rigoletto
Saturday, May 2, Music Speaks: Leading Motives - Richard Strauss' Salome
Saturday, May 9, Growing up Buffa: Love in the Garden - Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera
Saturday, May 16, Novel Ideas: Going Home - Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain

Albuquerque, Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, 2:00 pm:
Sunday, April 19, Changes of Scenery: Italians in Paris - Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment
Sunday, April 26, Opera As Drama: Advancing the Plot - Verdi's Rigoletto
Sunday, May 3, Music Speaks: Leading Motives - Richard Strauss' Salome
Sunday, May 10, Growing up Buffa: Love in the Garden - Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera
Sunday, May 17, Novel Ideas: Going Home - Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain

For more information please contact Andrea Fellows Walters at 505-986-5928.

Opera and Psychology

From the Novel through the Opera:
Narrative Continuity and Ethical Dilemmas in Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain.
Presenter: Donald E. Fineberg, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist, Lecturer and Seminar Leader
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 12:30 - 5:30 pm
$95 for attendance
$120 for 6 CEU credits

For further information, contact Dr. Judy Mikkelsen 505-989-4780

The Santa Fe Opera Seminar

Two sessions are being offered by the Opera and led by Dr. Mary Kime and Dr. Elinor Olin. These will be conducted on The Santa Fe Opera campus and each session includes preferred seating to four Opera performances. Lodging is located in downtown Santa Fe with transportation provided to-and-from class sessions. Enrollment is limited.

Session I:  August 3 - 7, 2015
Daughter of the Regiment, Rigoletto, Salome, La finta giardiniera
Optional Opera: Cold Mountain

Session II:  August 10 – 14, 2015, SOLD OUT!
Rigoletto, Salome, La finta giardiniera, Cold Mountain
Optional Opera: Daughter of the Regiment

For more information, contact Alvaro Quintanar at 505-946-2404.

Prelude talks

Lively and informative talks are complimentary to ticket holders and are held in Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances. The first talk is given two hours before the performance and the second is one hour before. For best availability and due to popularity, the first talk is recommended.

Prelude Talks are not offered on July 3, 2015, or on Apprentice Scenes performance evenings (August 16 and 23, 2015).

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