Opera On The Rocks tickets going fast

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The sixth-annual Opera on the Rocks is almost here and tickets are selling fast.

This year’s Opera On The Rocks at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater in Bandelier National Monument is set for Sept. 30.

The Opera event will perfect for Star Trek fans. It is presented by the park along with Opera Alta, Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc., and Atomic City Transit.

The tickets are nearly gone – check guildsofsfo.org/LA to get the few that are left.

This year the presentation will be excerpts from Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio” – but done as Star Trek.

This somewhat unexpected version was originated by the Pacific Opera Project (POP) in California.

POP says, “Though the opera’s trappings may be out of this world, Mozart’s memorable melodies remain intact. You really don’t have to be a Star Trek fan or an opera fan.”

Opera on the Rocks is also unusual because of its outdoor setting in the rock-rimmed amphitheater at Bandelier’s Juniper Campground. Those attending are welcome to bring folding camp chairs if they wish, and might consider a light jacket - or their favorite Trek costume! Campers in the surrounding Juniper Campground are welcome, tickets or not.

This year, they will include Sirphey, a popular restaurant in Los Alamos; New Mexico-based Black Mesa Winery from Velarde and Gruet Winery from Albuquerque; and Santa Fe Cider Works from Santa Fe. A youth activity, along with snacks, will be provided. Respected drummer Arnold Herrera from Cochiti Pueblo will provide traditional Pueblo drumming as audience members arrive.

Parking is very limited, so free Atomic City Transit shuttle buses are provided. Those attending the event are reminded to catch the buses at either the White Rock Visitor Center or Sullivan Field in Los Alamos. Buses will be picking up between 3:30 and 4 p.m., and will return participants to those locations directly after the presentation ends. Monument entrance fees are waived for this special event.  

For more information on the opera, contact Chris Judson at Bandelier, 672-3861, ext. 513. For information on Bandelier National Monument, contact the park Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.