Santa Fe Opera Tour

Hosted by WFMT Program Host, Carl Grapentine

August 22-25, 2019

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For more information, please contact Janet Thomas:

SPECIAL OFFER: Register by May 31, 2019 to receive a $ 50 early registration discount per person. Past WFMT Tour Participants will receive an additional discount.

Tour Itinerary

Depart O’Hare for your American Airlines morning flight to Albuquerque. Board private motorcoach to Santa Fe with box lunch provided enroute. Arrive at your hotel, the 5-Star, Inn & Spa at Loretto. Welcome Reception and lecture by WFMT’s Carl Grapentine prior to the Santa Fe Opera performance of Mozarts’ “Cosi Fan Tutte

Day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful quaint town of Santa Fe, OR join one of the optional excursions to Taos (minimum 6 persons required per tour) or Learn to cook Southwestern style at the Santa Fe School of Cooking! Pre-performance lecture by Carl Grapentine, followed by the performance of Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers“.

Day at leisure to explore New Mexico’s capital city, or join the optional Farmers Market and cooking tour! Tonight enjoy our Farewell dinner & pre-performance lecture by Carl Grapentine, followed by a performance of “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini.

Private motor coach transfer to Albuquerque airport for your American Airlines afternoon flight back to Chicago.

Tour Package Includes

  • Round-trip Airfare (ORD to ABQ)
  • Private Motorcoach Transfers
  • 3 Nights 5-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 3 Performances at the Santa Fe Opera
  • WFMT Host & Travelex Escort
  • Welcome Reception
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Optional day tours available
  • Complimentary travel insurance
  • All Applicable Taxes & Gratuities

Tour Hosts

Carl Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 and has been the host of WFMT’s morning program since 1996. He gives pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and many other groups. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the “stadium voice” of the Michigan Marching Band for 44 seasons – his voice being heard on national telecasts of 16 Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. He also added the responsibilities of game announcer at Michigan Stadium in 2006.

The Santa Fe Opera

An exquisite Santa Fe, New Mexico luxury boutique hotel reflecting the culture & sophistication of its historic setting.


Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s final collaboration has delighted, confounded, and rewarded viewers ever since its 1790 premiere in Vienna. Their “School for Lovers” sports a highly experienced faculty and a progressive curriculum—required reading and written papers have all been replaced by experiential learning. There’s a devil of a final exam, though, especially for two young couples about to be married. It’s a lab project in which they dissect the question, “Are you in love, or in love with the idea of love?” They’re also required to work in pairs, and they soon discover that being engaged to someone special doesn’t preclude being especially attracted to someone else.

Mesmerizingly beautiful music and a profound understanding of the heart illuminate this all-too-human situation, in which we can see ourselves onstage, to our discomfort and our delight.

Santa Fe Opera Music Director Harry Bicket and director R.B. Schlather lead this new production.

Join our young lovers in their magnetic journey to understanding life and love.


Can anything possibly surpass a midsummer night at the Santa Fe Opera? How about being simultaneously transported to tropical shores on waves of dreamy melody? Bizet’s first stage success is set in ancient times on the shores of Ceylon, where Zurga, ruler of the pearl fishers, is reunited with his long-lost comrade Nadir. Their friendship duet, which recounts a mutual passion for the heavenly Leïla, is the epitome of bromance in music. Both men renounced her to save their friendship, but her unexpected return soon traps them again in the snares of love, and now they must make a choice.

Conductor Timothy Myers and director Shawna Lucey lead this revival of our stunning 2012 production, which was called “The best of this summer’s season,” by The Wall Street Journal, “True to the letter and the spirit of the work,” by the Chicago Tribune, and “An unqualified success,” by the Denver Post.

Experience the power of friendship.


Young and poor and consumed with love, six Bohemians lead “charming and terrible lives” in 19th-century Paris. Living in Latin Quarter garrets, furnished mostly with hope for the future. Strolling medieval streets crowded with toy vendors, fruit sellers, street urchins and military bands. They fraternize with famous writers and artists at the Café Momus and find their places in a rapidly changing society. They taste the freedom and perils of a freelance economy, and brave epidemics of passion and jealousy, sorrow, and loss.

Conductor Jader Bignamini and director Mary Birnbaum bring Puccini’s boisterous, poignant, heartbreaking score to life onstage.

See it with someone you love.

The Inn & Spa at Loretto

An exquisite Santa Fe, New Mexico luxury boutique hotel reflecting the culture & sophistication of its historic setting.

The Inn & Spa at Loretto features 136 guestrooms, a full-service spa, casual fine dining, art galleries, shops, and a tranquil garden. The Inn is ideally located in the heart of Santa Fe, near the Palace of the Governors and just one block from historic Santa Fe Plaza.

Effortlessly blending old-world charm with world-class splendor, this Santa Fe luxury hotel is one of the state’s most photographed buildings. Built at the end of the historic Old Santa Fe Trail high in the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Inn and Spa at Loretto is an architectural recreation of the Taos Pueblo, a national historic landmark.

For more information, please contact Janet Thomas: