Santa Fe Opera Reports 2021 History Making Success

By Francisco Salazar

The Santa Fe Opera has reported the state of the company following its 2021 Reopening Season and 2021 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30.

During the 2021 season, the Santa Fe Opera presented 30 mainstage performances, held hundreds of rehearsals and employed over 500 members of staff without a single postponement or cancellation.

In a statement, General Director Robert K. Meya said, “From the first downbeat on opening night to the final notes upon closing, Santa Fe Opera audiences and artists alike were overjoyed to experience live music. Never before in our company’s history have the arts, and music in particular, been more meaningful.”

The company also noted that all festival activities were protected by an extensive testing program and company-wide abidance of vigilant safety protocols developed by the opera and its reopening partners.

In total the company achieved strong ticket sales of $5.5 million with an average nightly attendance of over 1,300 patrons. and with a nearly sold-out house each performance evening with almost 50 percent of attendees hailing from New Mexico.

With the success of the 2022 season, the company noted that it will continue its commitment to the health and safety of its community and announced that its COVID-compliance and Safety Manager, Mike VanAartsen, has transitioned into a full-time, year-round position in the newly created role of Director of Safety, Wellness and Occupational Health.