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July 31 - Aug 5, 2017

After an unforgettable 60th anniversary season, only The Santa Fe Opera can bring us back with keen anticipation for the world premiere of Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, Alcina, Lucia di Lammermoor and Die Fledermaus.  Five composers and operatic stories that focus on relevant issues with casts that clearly demonstrate the draw that The Santa Fe Opera exerts on world-class artists wishing to participate in the excellence that is the hallmark of this exceptional summer festival.

We return for a third year to the Hotel La Fonda on the Plaza. Featuring stylishly remodeled and upgraded rooms and excellent service it is ideally located at the “crossroads of Santa Fe” just steps away from galleries, restaurants, museums, St. Francis Cathedral and The Plaza.  From the La Plazuela restaurant to luxurious spa services and excellent shops, La Fonda on the Plaza has it all.  The fifth floor Bell Tower Bar serving lunch and dinner is just an elevator ride away to enjoyment of stunning New Mexico sunsets while sipping a refreshing cocktail. Start each day with one of the best breakfasts in town at La Plazuela.

Our program includes your choice of four operas with an option to add the fifth, opera lectures, two Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival concerts, first rate dining, a historical and cultural morning with historian Stefanie Beninato Ph.D. and private viewing at the renowned School of Advanced Research.

Opera performances start at 8:00pm

Arrivals: Regular flights on most major carriers arrive at Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ). Sandia Shuttle service runs hourly to Santa Fe dropping at La Fonda. (transfer time is one hour and fifteen minutes).  A round trip reservation should be booked not later than a month ahead of arrival and Act 1 Tours will assist upon request.  Alternatively, a private car service may be reserved: contact us for details and pricing.  Santa Fe Airport (SAF) has limited airline services, with connections to Dallas, Los Angeles and Denver. Roadrunner Shuttle transfers to the hotels.


Sunday, July 30

Optional independent early arrival at La Fonda on the Plaza. 

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 6:00 pm concert option.

Monday, July 31 

Independent arrival at La Fonda.

In the early evening, gather for an orientation and welcome pre-performance reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres before transferring by private coach to The Santa Fe Opera.  

Lucia di Lammermoor: Brenda Rae, Mario Chang, Zachary Nelson.  Corrado Rovaris conducts. Director, Ron Daniels.

Tuesday, August 1

After breakfast meet in a private room at the hotel prior to a presentation by historian and local guide Stefanie Beninato Ph.D. History of New Mexico incorporating past and present tri-cultural influences. Stefanie continues the theme during a short walking tour to the nearby St. Francis Auditorium and today’s Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival noon concert.

The afternoon is at leisure with independent lunch arrangements.

Pre performance dinner at the ever popular opera cantina includes a lecture by Kathleen Clawson.  Die Fledermaus: Susan Graham, Devon Guthrie, Kurt Streit, Dimitri Pittas, Jane Archibald, Joshua Hopkins, Kevin Burdette. Directed by Ned Canty. Conductor, Rory Macdonald.

Wednesday, August 2

This morning we focus on Museum Hill and four world-class museums that present the art, history and culture of the Native American Southwest, the Spanish colonial past, and folk traditions from around the world. Independent lunch can be taken at Museum Hill or back at the hotel.

We return to the hotel to rest before Oliver Prezant presents a mid afternoon lecture on Alcina, The Golden Cockerel and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.

Meet again to transfer to the opera.  Alcina: Elza van den Heever, Anna Christy, Daniel Mack, Paula Murrihy, Alek Shrader.  Directed by David Alden. Conducted by Harry Bicket.

Thursday August 3

Gather in the lobby mid morning to transfer by coach to the School of Advanced Research for a private viewing and presentation (closed to the public today). SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center holdings are considered to be one of the most remarkable collections of Southwestern native art in the world today. We include a brief tour of the grounds and garden before transferring by coach to the St. Francis Auditorium and our second SFCMF noon concert. After, we enjoy a leisurely lunch at the iconic Santacafé, a perennial favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel: Venera Gimadieva, Eric Owens, Meredith Arwady, Barry Banks. Directed by Paul Curran. Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

Friday, August 4

The final day is completely free for independent pursuits. Consider SITE Santa Fe. Since its opening in 1995, SITE Santa Fe has been committed to supporting new developments in contemporary art, encouraging artistic exploration, and expanding traditional museum experiences. Our Act 1 host will be happy to accompany a small group.  Other suggestions and arrangements can be arranged upon request.

A farewell pre performance dinner is at the eponymous Restaurant Martín where chef Martín Rios works magic with innovative combinations of flavors emphasizing fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry.

Our final opera is The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of Mason Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs: Edward Parks, Sasha Cooke, Wei Wu, Garrett Sorensen. Michael Christie conducts. Director, Kevin Newbury.  

Saturday, August 5

Independent departures or extension.


  • Five nights La Fonda on the Plaza.
  • A la carte breakfast daily
  • Prime seating at four opera performances of your choice
  • Two Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival noon concerts
  • One reception, one lunch, two dinners
  • Opera lecture and a pre performance talk
  • Historical and cultural themed morning
  • Private tour School of Advanced Research
  • Visit to Museum Hill
  • Private coach transfers as described
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Fully escorted by Act 1 Tours principal


  • $4,250 per person for double occupancy in deluxe king rooms; (two beds upon request)
  • $4,750 per person for single occupancy in traditional rooms; (queen or king bed)

OPTIONS (subject to availability)

  • Extra nights: call or email for rates
  • Upgrade to deluxe for singles or junior suite for doubles: pricing upon request.
  • Fifth opera with transfer: $270 per person 

On your reservation form, please indicate which opera you do not wish to attend or note to include five operas.   Also note if you wish to arrive a day early on July 30 or extend at La Fonda after the tour.


A deposit of $1,950 per person is due with the completed reservation and the balance by June 1, 2017. Payment in full if registering after this date.


Trip insurance is strongly recommended to avoid financial loss in the case the need to cancel arises.  Act 1 Tours can arrange suitable coverage on your behalf and some policies waive pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 15 days of making an initial deposit.



Please check back for more details to follow in the upcoming months or inquiry on our contact to be informed of the new itinerary for this tour.