Tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, we visit the Santa Fe Opera for a tour of the backstage areas. Tremendous facilities that have been built over the years. Do you know that the productions of the Santa Fe Opera are sometimes “rented” to other major opera houses, including the New York Metropolitan Opera? Costumes, sets, and equipment made here in the back stages of the Santa Fe Opera are made available to other productions. This is a common practice among opera houses, and Santa Fe’s is recognized for the creativity and skills with which they are made.

There has been a slight change in the tour. The talk is going to be by the director of the costume department. She is a very skilled speaker and will have some costumes on hand to illustrate the points she is making.

Tour starts at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and muffins. After entering the theater, we will be seated for the talk. The audience is divided into smaller groups with a guide from the opera. The tour through the facility will take about 1 1/2 hours.

Parking is available at the upper parking lot adjacent to the entrance.

Those who are biking to the opera leave Ft. Marcy at 7:45. Use the parking lot where we usually park for the rides. If the gate is closed, proceed up the short hill to the east to the parking lot there. We will ride up Old Taos Highway and then speed down the service road to the opera. The bikes will be secure while you take the tour. After the ride, you can ride back to your car, or extend your ride along Tano Ridge.

Weather forecasts predict excellent weather for the day. Last year, there was rain during the tour. Can you believe that? But this year, perfect Santa Fe Weather.

Please send me an email if you plan to attend the tour so that the ovens of the Opera Hansel and Grettel can bake the right number of muffins. Send email to me

Submitted by Bill Pollock

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