Travel with RSO Music Director Steven Larsen for a memorable visit to Santa Fe and two performances of the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera.
Registration deadline is March 1, 2017.
Arrive in your gateway city of Albuquerque. Your Destination Southwest tour guide will meet you in the baggage claim area and assist with transfer to your motor coach. Transfer to historic and picturesque Santa Fe.
Upon arrival in Santa Fe, check into the Drury Plaza Hotel for a four-night stay. Offering views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this stylish upscale hotel is within walking distance of the historic Plaza and most of the cultural and shopping destinations for which the city is famous. This historic renovation features sophisticated rooms with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is an outdoor rooftop pool and hot tub and amenities include a breakfast buffet every morning, and evening drinks and snacks.
Leave the hotel after breakfast to visit Bandelier National Monument, which is best known for its mesas, sheer-walled canyons and the ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them. This fascinating archaeological site, situated at 7,000 feet above sea level, encompasses over 32,000 acres of wilderness crisscrossed by 60 miles of maintained trail. Frijoles Canyon is famous for its extensive Anasazi ruins and cliff dwellings that date back to approximately 1100 AD. The Anasazi farmed this canyon for over 400 years and lived in multi-storied stone and mud structures or in caves carved out of the volcanic cliffs. Even if you're not an archaeological enthusiast, you will enjoy climbing the ladders into the caves and kivas. Be prepared for changes in the weather by dressing in layers and wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen recommended.
Continue to the historic seventeenth-century village of Chimayo whose most famous landmark is a venerable religious shrine, the Santuario de Chimayo. This beautiful adobe chapel with twin bell towers was erected in 1816 by Don Bernardo de Abeyta over earth that is said to have miraculous healing qualities, and that for centuries attracted ancient Indians and then Hispano settlers to this revered place. Enjoy lunch at Rancho de Chimayo, known for its traditional northern New Mexico cuisine. Return to Santa Fe and the remainder of the day at leisure.
Meals included: B, L
[Morning walking tour if not done on Wednesday] See the list of Things to do in Santa Fe for additional optional activities. Late afternoon transfer to the Santa Fe Opera for a catered private tailgate dinner and the opening night performance of Candide. The private tailgate picnic on the grounds of the opera will be catered by one of Santa Fe’s premier caterers and includes a menu with passed hors d’oeuvres, main course with sides and salads, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and red and white wine.
Free day in Santa Fe. See list of Things to do in Santa Fe. Depart the hotel late afternoon for a backstage tour of the Santa Fe Opera. Go behind the scenes and learn about the fascinating and colorful world of opera. After the tour, you will enjoy a preview buffet and the performance of Madame Butterfly.
Transfer back to the Albuquerque International Sunport for your flight home. We hope you had a memorable visit to the Land of Enchantment!
Meals included: B
● Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
● New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts
● Museum of International Folk Art
● New Mexico History Museum
● Palace of the Governors
● Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
● Meow Wolf
● Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
● SITE Santa Fe
● Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary
● Canyon Road
Maestro Larsen will be your ideal companion on this trip, as a significant portion of his career has been devoted to opera. For thirteen years, he was resident conductor of the Chicago Opera Theater, Artistic Administrator, and, shortly after arriving in Rockford in 1991, was summoned back to serve as Interim Artistic Director. He has guest conducted for opera companies in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Honolulu, Cleveland, Westchester (NY), and Dayton (OH). For three seasons he was Principal Conductor for Opera Theater of San Antonio. Recently he conducted Mozart’s unfinished opera, Zaïde, in Catania, Italy, only the second time it has been performed in that country.