Opening night a gala to remember

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Opening Night is a festive night at The Santa Fe Opera. Locals and their guests, and many from out of town, look forward to the evening for months, planning what they will eat to what they will wear. The parking lot fills early with opera-goers enjoying supper and greeting friends. Menus, decorations and garb range from the simple to the elaborate, each with an individual touch. 

Three tailgate partyers will be lucky winners in the first-ever Tailgate Contest. Labeled “Best in Show,” winners will be chosen by judges for their overall presentations. 

As the sun begins to set over the mountains the audience moves to the theater patio to toast the season with champagne before taking their seats. The champagne is a gift to the Opera and the audience from Gruet Winery.

Right after the singing of the national anthem, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein swings into action and the season is officially underway. Susan Graham, the brilliant internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano heads an all-American cast of singers including Paul Appleby, Anya Matanovič, Kevin Burdette, Aaron Pegram and Jonathan Michie.

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