Near Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Santa Fe Opera
Entrance One Mile Ahead
Location. 35° 44.575′ N, 105° 56.067′ W. Marker is near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker is on U.S. 285 near Opera Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. It is on the south-bound on-ramp at exit 186 between Opera Drive and the on-ramp. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87506, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cross of the Martyrs (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Founding of Santa Fe (approx. 3.5 miles away); 1876 (approx. 3.7 miles away); 1712 (approx. 3.7 miles away); 1776 (approx. 3.7 miles away); 1692 (approx. 3.7 miles away); 1862 (approx. 3.7 miles away); 1821 (approx. 3.7 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
More about this marker. This marker is not visible from the highway.
Also see . . .
1. Santa Fe Opera Company History. (Submitted on April 28, 2013.)
2. Wikipedia Entry. “There have been three theatres on the present site of The Santa Fe Opera's approximately 150 acres of land. Each has been located on the same site on a mesa, with the audience facing West toward an ever-changing horizon of sunsets and thunderstorms, frequently visible throughout many productions when no backdrops are used. Over the years, due to the first and second theatres’ exposure to the elements, rainstorms drenched both audiences and orchestra members (and threatened their instruments), requiring occasional cancellations, postponements, or extended intermissions. This fact (plus several others, such as the desire to improve acoustics, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to improve patron facilities, and to provide more seating) led to the need to reconstruct the third theatre.
“Three key features of each of the theatres has been the fact that, unlike a conventional opera house or theatre,
“Performances begin close to sunset, so that the lighting of the productions is not compromised by the sides of the theatre being open to the outside environment, although since the 2011 season the starting time has been moved up by one half-hour from the original 9pm time. More social aspects of the performance starting time include giving opera-goers the opportunity to observe New Mexico sunsets against the surrounding landscape and the tradition of tailgate dining.” (Submitted on April 28, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 3. submitted on April 28, 2013.