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Music under the stars at Opera on the Rocks

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Bandelier > Los Alamos Atomic City Transit will provide transportation to and from venue

Bandelier National Monument announces the second annual Opera on the Rocks event.

Opera Alta will perform Amahl and the Night Visitors 6:15 p.m., Sept. 21 at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater.

The opera was originally created by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti for NBC making it the first opera written entirely for television. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts to enjoy listening in a special venue.  

Hosts of the event include the Los Alamos Opera Guild, Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.  Transportation is provided to and from the venue by Los Alamos Atomic City Transit.

Don Quixote Distillery and Winery and Black Mesa Winery will feature local wines prior to the performance. “The National Park Service’s mission involves cooperating with partners to extend the benefits of cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation for this and future generations. We are proud to partner with the opera guilds to promote this form of music to monument visitors and members of the community,” Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Beginning at 5 p.m., participants must pick-up the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit from either the White Rock Visitor Center or Los Alamos Sullivan Field.  Parking is not available at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater.

An introduction to the evening’s performance will be a part of the shuttle ride, offered by members of the Los Alamos Opera Guild and Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera.

Once guests arrive at Bandelier, they will have the opportunity to participate in a complimentary wine tasting hosted by Don Quixote Distillery and Winery and Black Mesa Winery, glasses and bottles are available for purchase.

Shuttles will transport guests back to their vehicles after the performance until 9 p.m.

The event will have all monument entrance fees waived. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/BANDopera. Prices are $12 per person or $30 family rate (up to four members).

Price reduced for opera guild members. Admission to opera is free for those camping at the Juniper Campground.