The Santa Fe Opera has a repertory of classic operas as well as contemporary works—since 1957, it has staged 130 different operas, including nine world premieres. It is known for training up-and-coming young singers, as well as for its stunning open pavilion in the mountains outside the city.
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The Santa Fe Fiesta has taken place every September since 1712 and is the longest-running community celebration in the U.S. It kicks off when citizens burn a 50-foot marionette named Zozobra, representing "gloom," and features mariachi bands, fireworks and religious ceremonies.