Since 1957, the Santa Fe Opera has been a summer oasis for internationally-acclaimed operatic talents and opera enthusiasts. The Opera's magnificent mountain backdrop and amazing construction have always been major draws. Santa Fe Opera's performance offerings encompass dance, theater, opera, choral and chamber music, all performed under its iconic open roof. The opera house has seen performances of all the most famous operas, beginning with Puccini's Madame Butterfly on the opera house's opening night, and also including La Traviata, Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro, among many others. The Santa Fe Opera has even commissioned 10 original operas since its inception. Catching a performance at the Santa Fe Opera should be on every opera lover's bucket list.