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August 5 - 10, 2019



Starry Nights in Santa Fe

Renée Fleming Concert Extension August 10-11

Our annual visit to The Santa Fe Opera celebrates another year of wonderful programing in the City Different.  This year’s repertoire spans the centuries and varying operatic genres: Mozart’s Così fan tutte, a new production by R.B. Schlather, Janáček’s Jenůfa with David Alden’s English National Opera staging, Puccini’s La bohème, another new production by Mary Birnbaum, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, a revival of the highly successful 2012 version by the late Lee Blakeley and directed this year by Shawna Lucey.  Finally, we will have the opportunity to attend the world premiere (The Santa Fe Opera’s sixteenth) of Poul Ruder’s The Thirteenth Child in a Darko Tresnjak production.  In addition to the operas we are planning to include a noontime concert from the highly regarded Santa Fe Chamber Musical Festival program.

Following a decade of artistic excellence and gifted leadership, Charles MacKay retired this year.  General Director Robert K. Meya takes the helm and together with newly appointed Artistic Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Harry Bicket will lead an impressive and unique festival to further acclaim.

We return for a third year to the Hotel La Fonda on the Plaza. Featuring stylishly remodeled upgraded rooms and excellent service it is ideally located at the “crossroads of Santa Fe” just steps away from galleries, restaurants, museums, St. Francis Cathedral and The Plaza.  From La Plazuela restaurant to luxurious spa services with an outdoor heated pool, French café and excellent shops, La Fonda has it all.  Start each day with one of the best breakfasts in town at La Plazuela and visit the fifth floor Bell Tower bar and restaurant for lunch or drinks with stunning sunset views.

Our program includes your choice of four operas with an option to add the fth, opera lectures, one Santa Fe Chamber Music concert, first rate dining, two historical and cultural mornings with with historian Stefanie Beninato Ph.D. and private viewing at the renowned School of Advanced Research.

Arrivals: Regular flights on most major carriers arrive at Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ).  Sandia Shuttle service runs hourly to Santa Fe dropping at La Fonda. (transfer time is one hour and fteen minutes). A round trip reservation should be booked not later than a month ahead of arrival and Act 1 Tours will assist upon request.  Alternatively, a private car service may be reserved: contact us for details and pricing. Santa Fe Airport (SAF) has limited airline services, with connections to Dallas, Los Angeles and Denver.  Roadrunner Shuttle transfers to the hotels.



Sunday, August 4

Pre-tour independent arrivals. (See arrival details below).


Monday, August 5

Independent arrival and transfer to the La Fonda on the Plaza. Please refer to the shuttle and car service airport transfer information at the end of the itinerary.

Late afternoon we gather in the hotel lobby to walk the short distance to La Boca Taberna for a welcome dinner. Following dinner we depart by private coach for The Santa Fe Opera and 8:00pm performance of Così fan tutte (Bicket; Gilfry, Majeski, D’Angelo, Evans, Bliss, Ott).

We return to La Fonda by private coach.


Tuesday, August 6

After independent breakfast (included each day), we join Stefanie Beninato Ph.D on a walking tour that will incorporate art and architecture of the three cultures from a historical and current perspective. An alternative activity will be suggested for those that are already familiar with the area.

Following a short break, we walk the short distance to St. Francis Auditorium to attend a Santa Fe Chamber Musical Festival noon concert.

Lunch is independent with the afternoon open for relaxation.

We meet again early evening to transfer to The Santa Fe Opera Cantina for buffet dinner and a lecture on tonight’s opera: Jenůfa (Debus; Wilde, Racette, Lewis, Smagur, Mentzer).

Return to La Fonda post performance.


Wednesday, August 7

This morning we gather in the hotel’s Santa Fe Room for a lecture and interview of a Santa Fe Opera production team member or artist by opera educator Desirée Mays. From there we stroll to the iconic Santacafé for our annual group lunch with invited guests.

The remainder of the day is open for independent exploration. Consider visiting the Georgia O’Kee e Museum, New Mexico History Museum or one of the ne museums at Museum Hill located a short distance from the city center. Alternatively immerse in a spa interlude or a stroll along Canyon Road taking in the city’s wide range of art galleries, studios and restaurants. Act 1 Tours and the hotel’s concierges will o er recommendations and assistance. Dinner is independent.

We return to The Santa Fe Opera for the performance of La bohème (Bignamini; Vasquez, Mackinnon, Chang, Nelson, Liverman, Howard, Travis).


Thursday, August 8

We start the day with a visit to SITE Santa Fe (to be con rmed when the July installation is announced) and a stroll through galleries and recent developments in the Railyard area. We continue to Canyon Road for a driving tour including nearby rarely visited neighborhood spots. Return to the hotel by coach or consider stopping o for lunch in the area and then strolling back to La Fonda or returning by local pedicab ride.

Gather later to transfer to this evening’s performance: The Pearl Fishers (Myers; Oropesa, Arcayürek, Evans, Pomakov).


Friday, August 9

We gather in the lobby to transfer to the School for Advanced Research for a private visit to New Mexico’s most renowned learning facility devoted to Native American art. The SAR’s vaults house one of the most remarkable collections of Southwestern artifacts in the world. We include a tour of the campus and garden as a perfect example of John Gaw Meem architecture set in a high desert garden landscape. The afternoon is at leisure allowing time for further independent activities.

In the early evening, we meet once again to L’Olivier restaurant for a celebratory dinner followed by this evening’s performance,The Thirteenth Child (Daniel; Mackinnon, Mumford, Dennis, Garvin, Leigh). Farewell reception and toast at the opera or back at La Fonda.


Saturday, August 10 Extension

A completely free day.

6:00pm Meet for drinks and canapés in the Bell Tower Rooftop. 7:15pm Transfer to The Santa Fe Opera. The program includes: Kevin Puts’ Letters from Georgia, an exploration of Georgia O’Kee e’s correspondence and love of New Mexico, Strauss’Cycle Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), one of Ms. Fleming’s most widely performed works.



  • Five nights La Fonda on the Plaza
  • A la carte daily breakfast
  • Prime seating at four opera performances of your choice
  • One Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival noon concert
  • One lunch, three dinners, one reception
  • Opera lecture and a pre-performance talk
  • Historical and cultural themed morning walk
  • Private tour School of Advanced Research
  • Tour of Canyon Road, SITE Santa Fe and the Railyard district
  • Private coach transfers as described
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Fully escorted by Act 1 Tours principal


• Airfares

• Airport transfers to/from hotels (arranged on request)

• Meals and personal expenses not part of the itinerary



• Double occupancy in deluxe king rooms; $4,500 per person (two beds upon request)

• $560 single supplement in traditional double room per person (queen or king bed)



(subject to availability)

• Extra nights with breakfast and tax:

  • $395 deluxe room double occupancy
  • $315 traditional room single occupancy

Upgrade to deluxe for singles or junior suite for doubles: pricing upon request

  • Fifth opera with transfer: $300 per person

August 10-11 Renée Fleming concert with hotel, breakfast and transfer to The Santa Fe Opera:

  • $420 per person double occupancy;
  • $550 per person single occupancy

On your reservation form, please indicate which opera you do not wish to attend or note if you would like to include ve operas.  Also note if you wish to arrive a day early on August 4 or extend at La Fonda after the tour.



A deposit of $1,500 per person is due with the completed reservation and the balance by June 1, 2019.



Trip insurance is strongly recommended to avoid nancial loss in the case the need to cancel arises. Act 1 Tours can arrange suitable coverage on your behalf and some policies waive pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 15 days of making an initial deposit.




How To Register

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