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Send Steve Where?: Casual yet classy environment at Santa Fe Opera

Steve Soliz
July 11, 2017 10:26 PM

Send Steve where? This is the latest in a series to let new KOB anchor Steve Soliz learn New Mexico, and to give New Mexico a chance to get to know Steve. Send your suggestions on where Steve should visit at


SANTA FE, N.M. -- It's hard to miss the unique structure along Highway 285. By day, the soft chirping of birds fills the air. At night, the sounds at the Santa Fe Opera are much different.

Brad Woolbright has spent 40 years working with the opera in Santa Fe. He said it's one of the most unique opera companies in the world.

"What makes the Santa Fe Opera unique is, number one, the environment in which we are now. It's quite spectacular sitting here in the mountains of northern New Mexico," he said. "There was always an elitism connected to opera and that's one myth that has to be done away with."

Woolbright said wearing a gown or a tuxedo to the Santa Fe Opera is not necessary.

"People show up in shorts and flip-flops," he said. "For those people who want to come dressed like that, you might want to consider bringing a blanket and something to cover you with because, as we are exposed to the environment, it can get pretty chilly in the evenings."

Before the show begins, patrons take to the parking lot for some pre-show fun. Laughter and wine are shared among guests while dining on gourmet foods.

"Tailgating is really wild -- wild in a good way," Woolbright said.

Sarah Coit is an apprentice singer this season at the Santa Fe Opera. She's a 20-something who wants more young people like her to come to the opera.

"Everyone should give it a chance because it's something that's very cool and special and unique to see someone use the bones in their face to make a sound that carries across an orchestra which is so, so exciting," she said.

The sounds of opera combined with the greatness of nature make this venue a New Mexico must-see.

"You can't imagine that someone had the genius to think of creating a place in this particular part of the world," Woolbright said.

"It's an entertaining evening if nothing else, you know?" Coit added. "It's not something that you have to prepare for. Just come and have a good time."


Steve Soliz

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