Santa Fe Opera Festival

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Santa Fe Opera Festival

AUG. 10-14, 2016
Santa Fe

Close to home, but a world apart. The convergence of cultures, pristine light and nurturing spirit of Santa Fe make it easy to see why they call it the “City Different.” Delve into the rich artistic and cultural heritage of this region with private visits to artist studios, discussions with historians and a special stop at the home of a world-renowned potter.

Enjoy two performances at the Santa Fe Opera, which features one of the world’s most unique opera houses. The opera comes alive with three in-depth lectures, and the backbone of the entire production is explored in a backstage tour.

While we nourish mind and spirit, we’ll also take good care of the body. Delight in the extraordinary culinary diversity of Santa Fe with dining under the stars outside of the Santa Fe Opera, to a casual luncheon in a sun-splashed cafe; we’ll even do a restaurant walking tour in downtown Santa Fe!

Accommodations are at the deluxe Inn on the Alameda hotel, conveniently located three blocks away from the main plaza.

Join us for the Santa Fe Opera 60th anniversary season, and our 21st tour to this exquisite city. Come see why Santa Fe is one of our favorite destinations in the world!

Sincerely,

Christel Pailet
Director, Alumni Travel

Cost: $1,985
UCLA Alumni Travel
Activity Level: Mild Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Four nights at the deluxe Inn on the Alameda resort
  • Three Opera lectures by Desiree Mays, Santa Fe Opera’s resident lecturer
  • Breakfast buffet daily, one lunch and three dinners
  • Walking tour of downtown Santa Fe with a Southwest cultural historian
  • Visit to San Ildefonso Pueblo and legendary potter Dora Tse Pe
  • Preview dinner on the Santa Fe Opera rehearsal grounds
  • Private home visit to artist Arlene Cisneros Sena
  • Restaurant walking tour of downtown Santa Fe
  • Experience the arts community of Tesuque
  • Visit the historic El Santuario de Chimayo pilgrimage church
  • Lunch at the legendary Rancho de Chimayo restaurant
  • Explore a Hispanic weaving studio


The Operas:

  • Capriccio

Richard Strauss

A new Santa Fe Opera production. Last performed in 1993.
First performed at Munich’s Staatsoper in 1942.
Sung in German with Opera Titles in English and Spanish.

An elegant and witty opera about opera with an incredibly lush score, Capriccio was the final composition by Richard Strauss and remains one of the most captivatingly sophisticated works in the operatic repertory. This dueling love story which explores the aesthetic debate about whether words or music are more important received its American premiere at Santa Fe Opera in 1958.

  • La Fanciulla del West

Giacomo Puccini

First performed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1910.
Sung in Italian with Opera Titles in English and Spanish.

A “spaghetti Western” tale of love, money, deceit, and forgiveness, La Fanciulla del West is an authentic take on America’s iconic Golden West, set to music by the composer of Madame Butterfly and Turandot. Full of color and action—firing pistols, poker, and whiskey—Puccini’s romantic portrait of the gold-mining frontier is inhabited by pitiless bandits, compassionate but rugged prospectors, and one extraordinary saloon owner named Minnie.

The Lecturers:

Arlene Cisneros Sena
Arlene’s work is collected as both fine and devotional art, and is displayed in various public collections including the Vatican Collection. She will discuss how art has changed her life and its role in helping her honor her Hispanic heritage.

Desiree Mays
Desiree teaches a popular opera course at the University of New Mexico and publishes a book about the featured operas of the Santa Fe Opera each season. She is the Santa Fe Opera’s resident lecturer.

Alan Osbourne
Alan, a public Southwest cultural historian, educated at Oklahoma State University and completed his Master’s coursework in American Indian history and Spanish Colonial borderlands history at University of New Mexico on a fellowship.

Dora Tse Pe
A Tewa Indian, Dora balances traditional methods and innovative designs in her award-winning pottery. Her black and sienna pots with inlaid turquoise, coral and onyx combine the traditions of Native American clay work with her own artistic vision.

Download Reservation Form Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The trip was an excellent taste of Santa Fe. The opera, culture and history with the added bonus of meeting a very interesting group of people…I hope to meet up with them again!"
    Michele Barefoot ’89
  • The destination, the opera, the art, the people, the beauty of New Mexico all wrapped into one amazing and memorable trip."
    Laurette Robbins ’60

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Itinerary

DAY 1 | Aug 10

Arrive in Santa Fe and check-in to the Inn on the Alameda, a 2-acre Pueblo-style boutique inn located near the heart of the historic Plaza.

In the company of Alan Osbourne, a public Southwest cultural historian, set out on a late afternoon walking tour of downtown Santa Fe, one of the oldest cities in the United States. Learn the history of our ancient American Indian cultures, early Spanish explorers and colonists, Mexican settlers, and Anglo-American traders down the Santa Fe Trail followed by travelers on the Santa Fe Railroad. Relive the Confederate invasion of New Mexico and the pivotal Civil War battle fought near Santa Fe.

Stroll across the historic Santa Fe Plaza to the lovely La Casa Sena Restaurant, the former family home of Major Jose Sena, a friend of Territorial Governor Charles Bent and frontiersman, Kit Carson. Enjoy the placita, a classic Spanish Colonial interior courtyard in a garden setting within Sena Plaza, a historic adobe complex now owned by prominent art dealer, Gerald Peters, who has furnished the spacious restaurant interior with classic works by noted artists.

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DAY 2Aug. 11

Enjoy a daily breakfast buffet “Breakfast of Enchantment,” with organic options and gluten-free choices.

Our morning begins with a lecture by Desiree Mays, the Santa Fe Opera’s resident speaker, as she illuminates the operatic experience for newcomers and experts alike.

Then, head to the Santa Fe Opera for a behind-the-scenes backstage tour where we will discover the remarkable process on how an opera production comes to together. Get a glimpse of the production and technical areas of the opera house.

Enjoy a free afternoon exploring Santa Fe’s galleries and shops. You may want to head out to explore the innumerable galleries on Canyon Road, starting right outside our hotel entrance.

At 4pm, relax over a selection of wines at the Inn on the Alameda’s daily complimentary wine and cheese reception. This is a perfect time to gather new ideas by mingling with other travelers and sharing thoughts on making the most of your Santa Fe vacation.

Return to the Santa Fe Opera for a preview dinner outdoor dining experience. Enjoy dinner, including wine and dessert, at our open-air cantina on the beautifully landscaped rehearsal grounds. Guest speaker, Desiree Mays, offers an informative talk about the evening’s opera during dessert.

Featuring American singers in a wide ranging and challenging repertory, the Santa Fe Opera has become one of the world’s leading cultural festivals. Tonight we’ll enjoy Capriccio by Richard Strauss.

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DAY 3 Aug. 12

The breakfast buffet is open between the hours of 7am and 10am.

Visit to San Ildefonso Pueblo, one of the best-known New Mexico Pueblo, noted for its famous black-on-black pottery, which was revived in the early 20th century. San Ildefonso native people have lived in the region since before thirteen hundred A.D. They have a strong sense of identity and retain ancient ceremonies, rituals, and dances tenaciously. We will be visiting the home of legendry potter, Dora Tse Pe, a Zia Pueblo native and resident of San Ildefonso for many decades. There she will share a pottery demonstration and stories about her people and culture.

Enjoy time on your own this afternoon and evening. Activities abound in downtown Santa Fe and beyond. We recommend you begin by exploring New Mexico’s compelling history with the incredible collections at the Palace of the Governors; a few steps from the Palace you’ll find the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Or, if you are adventurous, ride the convenient “M” bus to Museum Hill and explore four world-class museums: the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

Dinner tonight is on your own to explore Santa Fe’s culinary arts scene.  Ask the locals to name their favorite Santa Fe restaurants and you’ll end up with a lengthy list of worthy choices. Innovative Southwestern fare created by award-winning chefs, and hearty New Mexico fare featuring red and green chile, are some reasons Santa Fe to have earned a prominent place on the world’s culinary map.  Santa Fe is a food lover’s paradise, and the options are many within walking distance of our hotel.

Should you wish to do an optional opera tonight, Vanessa by Samuel Barber with libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti is playing at 8pm. Tickets can be obtained by calling 800-280-4654.

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DAY 4Aug. 13

The breakfast buffet is open between the hours of 7am and 10am.

Begin the day with a third lecture by opera expert Desiree Mays.

Then, transfer to the beautiful home of Arlene Cisneros Sena. Creating retablos (painted icons on wooden tablets) in traditional form that expresses pride in her heritage, Arlene’s innovative use of natural pigments and soft graceful lines has led to acquisition of her award-winning works by countless private collectors and museums, including the Vatican.

Early afternoon, embark on a different dining experience by sampling Santa Fe’s unique cuisine and culinary excellence with a walking tour to four prestigious dining destinations. Experience private tastings and audience with the chefs, owners and key players of restaurants that make Santa Fe one of America’s top culinary capitals.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains we return to the Santa Fe Opera for one last night of music, magic and beauty. Tonight we’ll experience Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West.

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DAY 5 | Aug. 14

The breakfast buffet is open between the hours of 7am and 10am.

Nestled in the historic village and arts community of Tesuque, the open-by-appointment only Glenn Green Gallery and Sculpture Garden features work by world class global artists including the sculpture of Alan Houser and Eduardo Oropezana, the paintings of Kenji Yoshida and Wounaan Rainforest Basketry. Set amid gardens and ancient trees, this is a lovely old world style estate.

Later we visit the famed El Santuario de Chimayo, the famed “Lourdes of America.” The chapel is said to have been built over miracle healing earth in the early 1800’s.

Lunch at the legendary Rancho de Chimayo restaurant. We will also learn about the village of Chimayo, an important cultural center for Hispanic arts and crafts in northern New Mexico and visit a Hispanic weaving studio in this quaint valley settled in the 1700’s by Spanish settlers and attacked often by the Comanche.

Late afternoon depart for the Albuquerque International Sunport airport (ABQ). En-route to the airport, we’ll make a quick stop in Santa Fe for anyone who is extending their stay in Santa Fe. Scheduled arrival at the airport is at 5pm, so please don’t book any departures prior to 7pm in order to leave ample time for check-in and security.

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Accommodations
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Inn on the Alameda
That Enchanting Small Hotel in Old Santa Fe

Nestled in the heart of the city, steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Inn on the Alameda is the closest downtown Santa Fe hotel to the Canyon Road galleries. 72 rooms and suites of various sizes, in distinctive Pueblo-style architecture, are gracefully spread across two acres and ten buildings. Staying at the quaint Inn on the Alameda means you can unwind completely, tucked within colorful landscaped gardens and peaceful shaded courtyards.

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Your stay includes a daily lavish buffet “Breakfast of Enchantment,” with organic options and gluten-free choices. An afternoon wine-and-cheese reception features a selection of cheeses, olives, breads, fruits and crudité. Local and toll-free calls are always at no charge, as are wireless internet access and parking. The Inn is a non-smoking hotel.

TripAdvisor ranks the Inn on the Alameda the number three hotel in Santa Fe out of 60 properties, and the hotel received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award in 2014.

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Pricing

Land Only: $1,985 (based on double occupancy)

Single Supplement: $495 (limited availability)

Download Reservation Form Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The trip was an excellent taste of Santa Fe. The opera, culture and history with the added bonus of meeting a very interesting group of people…I hope to meet up with them again!"
    Michele Barefoot ’89
  • The destination, the opera, the art, the people, the beauty of New Mexico all wrapped into one amazing and memorable trip."
    Laurette Robbins ’60

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How to Book

STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to UCLA Alumni Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Reservations for this exciting cultural travel experience will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Land Package includes four nights double occupancy (two per room) at the Inn on the Alameda hotel, two opera performances, a backstage tour, three lectures, guided tours and private visits, four breakfasts, one lunch, four wine/cheese receptions and three dinners.

Single accommodations are available, but limited. A single room is available for an additional $495. If you are looking for a roommate, we will make every attempt to find one for you. However, if a roommate is not found, you will be responsible for the single supplement cost, pending availability.

Cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $200 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations from 90-60 days prior to departure (May 10) will result in the forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; cancellations from 60-30 days (June 10) will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person; cancellations 30 days (July 10) to the time of departure will result in forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. We reserve the right to change any aspect of the program as necessary. Travel insurance is strongly recommended and may be purchased for this trip through the UCLA Alumni Association. Cancellations must be made in writing to UCLA Alumni Travel.

Every effort has been made to accurately describe the information as shown within this website. We reserve the right to correct errors.

If you have questions regarding the Santa Fe Opera Festival tour or your UCLA Alumni Association membership status, please call UCLA Alumni Travel at
310-206-0613 or email us at travel@alumni.ucla.edu. Our fax number is 310-209-4271.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The trip was an excellent taste of Santa Fe. The opera, culture and history with the added bonus of meeting a very interesting group of people…I hope to meet up with them again!"
    Michele Barefoot ’89
  • The destination, the opera, the art, the people, the beauty of New Mexico all wrapped into one amazing and memorable trip."
    Laurette Robbins ’60