Quirky & Cultured: The Santa Fe Opera

Ciao Readers!  Happy back-from-the-long-weekend!!!

Boy, it has been a while, huh?  I’ve missed you (almost as much as I’ve missed doing things I thought were “blog-worthy”).  I think this past weekend’s excursion counts, so….

For the very first time in our lives we went to the opera! Specifically, La bohème, at the Santa Fe Opera. Now, in full disclosure – the two biggest reasons we went were for 1) the quirky and cool tradition of fancy tailgating before hand, and 2) the amazing scenery at the venue (which I had seen years before when I went there to see an Indigo Girls concert).

So, as to the tailgating – this is a major tradition (you can read more about here) – everyone dressed in their finery gets to the venue a few hours early and sets up for dinner (anywhere from a cooler to an all out banquet table) – there is champagne, h’orderves, fancy food, etc. (you can also order dinner from the venue, as we did). It is a unique site for sure. We went semi-all out and brought a little table, fake flowers and some fake (i.e. dollar store plastic) “crystal.” Steve even brought a lawn-looking rug and an umbrella (which we needed as it started raining shortly after the picture, below, was taken). Here’s also some other folks (picture from the opera’s website):

In the background (when you are tailgating, but also inside the open-air venue) are both the Jemez Mountains and the Sangre De Cristo’s (since you can’t really get the full effect from my photos as it was raining, I’ve also included a youtube video):

 

So, fun fancy food, beautiful scenery and…..then the opera. Ack, this is the part where I have to admit, that despite desperately wanting to feel cultured and all (and really appreciating that my friend Julie’s daughter is an opera singer) – I’m just not that into opera. I can appreciate the singing and the costumes and all of it, but for some reason it just doesn’t hold my attention like a broadway show or a concert. And, while I could use the excuse that it was raining and COLD (in the 50’s) for summer and late by the time intermission rolled around and that’s why we left…I realized on the drive home that if it had been a Green Day concert it could have been hailing and 2:00 a.m. and I would have toughed it out.  But – we have been talking about going back – specifically for the tailgating (is that weird?) – we are pretty sure there were some other folks doing that as they packed up and drove off after the tailgate part (or it could have been the rain). In any case, a unique experience well worth it, even if I had to discover I am uncultured in the process!

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  1. Steve NM

     /  July 8, 2019

    Fun evening in a parking lot!

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  2. Mom & Pop

     /  July 8, 2019

    Who knew! Tailgating at the Opera! The video was great! Learned something new.

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  3. Santa Fe in my travels contains an impressive collection of artistic endeavors. I can now add opera to this list there on our road trip travels after reading this blog.

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy!

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  5. Selma Rockett

     /  July 10, 2019

    This was great. I really was impressed with Steve’s fashion statement!! I used to go to the opera when living there.

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  6. I can definitely see you at the SF Opera!

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  7. Your post was a wonderful reminder of a trip to Santa Fe for a conference. I stayed at an extra day to go to the opera. Not that I’m an opera fan, but I just couldn’t leave town without going to the Santa Fe Opera. The tickets were sold out, but the concierge at the hotel called and let me know that a guest who comes in several times a year had to cancel at the last minute which left the ticket open for me. Such a great experience.

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