Santa Fe Opera Hires COVID-19 Compliance & Safety Manager for 2021 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Santa Fe Opera has announced that for the 2021 season it has hired a COVID-19 compliance and safety manager.

The company announced that Mike VanAartsen joined the company in January and is setting the opera’s guidelines for masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing, and all the other safety protocols that will be seen throughout the festival’s opera season this summer.

According to VanAatsen, all patrons attending the Santa Fe Opera this season will have to wear masks throughout the performances and there will be 100 hand sanitizer stations. The Santa Fe Opera will also not sell paper tickets; tickets will be digitized instead.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the company announced that only 25 percent of seats would be filled, while also limiting the presence of staff.

The Santa Fe Opera’s 2021 season is set to open on July 21 and will feature “Eugene Onegin,” an Angel Blue recital, and “Le Nozze di Figaro” among other works.