What goes on backstage at the opera? Why don’t they tell you? Let’s find out! Join the tour of the Opera’s fantastic back stage areas on Saturday, June 15. And ride your bike, too!

At 8:30 a.m. the SOBs will tour the backstage area of the Opera to see where they make the costumes, the sets, where the singers lock themselves in rooms to practice. And look at where they store all that stuff! First on the agenda is free coffee and muffins, and then the tour begins. We will sit in the house for a brief talk by the director of the scenery and set design areas. This is the last talk of the summer for the Saturday tours, although the tours continue on Saturdays to the end of the opera season.

Your spouses, friends, partners are all welcome to join the tour. It is free! You can drive your vehicle if you wish. Park in the upper lot in front of the entrance. Plenty of parking space. The tour takes about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Bicycling to the Santa Fe Opera is a great activity. We meet to leave at 7:45 a.m. from the Fort March Recreation area. We ride up Old Taos Hwy and then a really fast ride downhill to the opera. Our bikes are secure during the tour. When you enter Fort Marcy, park where we usually park when we ride from there. But if the gate is closed, drive up the short hill to the east where there is a good sized parking lot. After the tour, your bike is right there to ride back to Fort Marcy and you can extend your ride along Tano Ridge as you like.

To help the Opera staff know how many muffins to bake, let me know that you plan to attend and how many guests you are bringing. Send me an email: pollockb@aol.com

In case you are asked to sing. bring a sheet with music and words to your favorite aria.

Submitted by Bill Pollock

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