See the operas. Meet the designers and directors. Take tours. Make it a sensational holiday weekend in Santa Fe, July 5-7, 2013....For the first time, the prestigious Santa Fe Opera opens its doors to an exciting Backstage Weekend in association with LDI and Live Design, for an exceptional weekend with two operas, a run-through of a third, numerous panels with leading designers, directors, and technical staff, plus buffet dinners, lunches, and the breathtaking scenery of the Santa Fe Opera House.  

Here's a peek at the schedule*:

Friday, July 5

5:00pm Meet & Greet with Santa Fe Opera production director Paul Horpedahl (Opera Theatre)

Introduction to The Santa Fe Opera

6:00pm: Preshow Buffet Dinner (Cantina)

8:30pm: The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Theatre)

12:00am: Q&A Discussion (Opera Theatre)

Duane Schuler, lighting designer;  Lee Fiskness, lighting director; Travis Shupe, master electrician; Eric Moore, technical director; Randy Lutz, properties director; and
Paul Horpedahl, production director

Saturday, July 6

9:30am: Tour of Backstage: Costume Shop

11:00am: Donna Del Lago run-through Part 1 (Opera Theatre)

12:30pm: Lunch break

1:15-3:30pm: Donna Del Lago run-through Part 2 (Opera Theatre)

4:00pm Panel with Designers and Directors

Duane Schuler, lighting designer; Rick Fisher, lighting designer; Adrian Linford, set designer, Kevin Knight, set/costume designer;  David Korins, set designer (tentative), Kevin Newbery, director; and Paul Curran, director

5:30pm: Tour Ranch Grounds/Rehearsal Halls. 
Led by Paul Horpedahl

6:00pm: Preshow Buffet Dinner (Cantina) 

8:30pm: The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein (Opera Theatre)

11:30pm: Q&A Discussion (Opera Theatre)

Rick Fisher, lighting designer;  Lee Fiskness, lighting director; Travis Shupe, master electrician; Eric Moore, technical director; Randy Lutz, properties director; 
Paul Horpedahl, production director; and Erica Burds, costume director

Sunday, July 7

9:30 am Tours of remaining Theatre Shops (Opera Theatre). 
Led by Paul Horpedahl

11:30am Production Panel/Brunch

Paul Horpedahl, production director; Eric Moore, technical director; Randy Lutz, properties director; Erica Burds, costume director;  Mark Edlund, scenic charge; Lee Fiskness, lighting director; Travis Shupe, master electrician; Tracy Armagost, assistant to the production director

1:00pm Farewell

REGISTER today for this excellent weekend at the opera... a perfect summer treat!

$1,295 includes three performances, two dinners, two lunches, and farewell brunch. ($1,495 after June 8)

*subject to change

Hotel Reservations
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