For the seventh year, the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Atomic City Transit, and Bandelier National Monument will be presenting “Opera on the Rocks” at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. This year it will be the evening of Saturday, Sept. 15.
The performance this year includes a concert staging of scenes from several popular operas. The New Mexico Performing Arts Society will present selections from Gounod’s Faust, Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Johann Strauss, Jr. The Gypsy Baron, and Offenbach’s Barcarolle, all selections from their sold-out performances in Santa Fe.
Opera on the Rocks is an informal, family-oriented introduction to the world of opera, set in the beautiful, rustic amphitheater at Bandelier’s Juniper Campground. Shuttle buses provided by Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit, will bring visitors beginning at 3 p.m., from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos and from the White Rock Visitor Center. Due to very limited parking at Bandelier, arrival by these free shuttle buses is required. Exceptions are vehicles displaying disability placards. Return shuttles to Los Alamos and White Rock are scheduled for just after the performance as well as around 7pm allowing time for opera goers to enjoy after performance food and drink in the park.
In the event of rain, Opera on the Rocks will be rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29.
This annual event is a fundraiser for The Santa Fe Opera Education and Community Programs and for the Friends of Bandelier. Ticket prices are $15 for individuals or $40 for a family of four. Opera Guild members pay $10 for individuals or $25 for a family of four. Overnight campers at Juniper Campground can attend for free. Thursday, Sept. 13, is the final day to purchase tickets online.