Santa Fe Opera, summer opera festival held outside Santa Fe, N. Mex., founded 1957. Featuring outstanding young singers and musicians, it presents a wide variety of operas from the standard repertory and lesser-known works; it has also commissioned a number of contemporary works and presented both world and American premieres. It was founded by John Crosby (1928–2002), who directed the festival and conducted its productions from its inception until 2000. Harry Bicket has been chief conductor from 2013 and music director from 2018. Concerts are held in the open-air Crosby Theater (1998) and Stieren Orchestra Hall (2001) on a 155-acre (63-hectare) campus located between the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mts.