With some good fortune on the wildfire and coronavirus fronts during July and August, the Santa Fe Opera’s 2022 season will be back to its traditional scope for the first time since 2019. That means five mainstage productions, including the world premiere of M. Butterfly, and much-loved amenities, such as pre-performance talks and dinners, tours of the theater and opera ranch, and family nights at the opera.
It’s a big season
Not in the number of performances, but in several other areas, including the largest crew of apprentice singers in company history (47), the highest number of costumes required (more than 500), and the number of additional orchestra members engaged (22). Tristan und Isolde is certain to be the longest opera ever staged here, with an anticipated running time of “approximately 4 hours, 29 minutes,” per the SFO website.