Santa Fe Opera announces 2016 season, millions in upgrades

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Santa Fe Opera are celebrating tens of millions of dollars in upgrades at the opera house as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Nestled in the foothills surrounding New Mexico’s capital city, the open-air opera has embarked on a $35 million effort to improve everything from the box office to spaces backstage that haven’t been touched since 1968.

General Director Charles MacKay says the initial phase is done and ready for the first performance in July.

MacKay also detailed the lineup for the 2016 season during a news conference Tuesday. There will be five different operas, including Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West.”

MacKay says the opera is in good shape financially and expects to have a balanced budget this year. Ticket sales are just slightly behind last year.

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