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AZO History

Originally the Tucson Opera Company founded 1971

Arizona Opera, originally the Tucson Opera Company, was founded in 1971 by a dedicated group of opera enthusiasts. Its inaugural season featured two performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in Tucson and by the 1976 – 1977 season Arizona Opera was performing complete seasons in both Tucson and Phoenix.

Since its inaugural year, Arizona Opera has produced over 170 fully-staged operas and concerts. The company’s artistic history is rich with a blend of opera’s traditional repertoire featuring baroque, bel canto, and verismo works, turn-of-the-century masterpieces, operettas, and American operas. Arizona Opera has also presented Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle twice, a feat that has only been accomplished in North America by four other companies.
 

General Director:

Joseph Specter President and General Director: 2016 to Present

Previous Directors:

  • Ryan Taylor 2013 - 2016
  • Scott Altman 2010 - 2013
  • Joel Revzen 2003 - 2010
    Conductor Laureate
  • David Speers 1998 - 2003
  • Glynn Ross 1983 - 1998
  • Richard Woitach 1981-1983
  • Jim Sullivan 1971 - 1981
     

2017/18 Season

Morganelli - Hercules vs Vampires
Puccini - Tosca
Bernstein - Candide
Rossini - The Barber of Seville
Wagner - Das Rheingold

2016/17 Season

45th Anniversary Sapphire Celebration
Dvořák - Rusalka
Puccini - Madama Butterfly
Bohmler & Kohn - Riders of the Purple Sage
Rossini - Cinderella

2015/16 Season

Kálmán - Arizona Lady
Catán - Florencia en el Amazonas
Bizet - Carmen
Mozart - Don Giovanni
Verdi - Falstaff

2014/15 Season

Foglia & Martinez - Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
Verdi - Rigoletto
Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin
Mozart - The Magic Flute
Donizetti - The Daughter of the Regiment

2013/14 Season

Gilbert & Sullivan - HMS Pinafore
Wagner - The Flying Dutchman
Puccini - La bohème
Verdi - La traviata
Donizetti - Don Pasquale

2012/13 Season

Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor
Gounod - Romeo and Juliet
Puccini – Tosca
Verdi - Il trovatore
Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro

2011/12 Season

Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo – Pagliacci
Gounod - Faust
Puccini - Madama Butterfly
Verdi - Aida
Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice

2010/11 Season

Gilbert & Sullivan – Pirates of Penzance
Bizet – Carmen
Puccini – Turandot
Verdi – Otello
Mozart – Abduction from the Seraglio

2009/10 Season

Mozart – Così fan tutte
Strauss – Salome
Puccini – La bohème
Arias (concert)
Rossini – The Barber of Seville

2008/09 Season

Verdi – Rigoletto
Gilbert & Sullivan – The Mikado
Donizetti – The Elixir of Love
Mozart – Don Giovanni
Puccini – Tosca

2007/08 Season

Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor
Strauss, Jr. – Die Fledermaus
Gems (concert)
Mozart – The Magic Flute
Verdi – La traviata

2006/07 Season

Verdi – Macbeth
Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro
Puccini – Madama Butterfly
Grétry – Beauty & the Beast
Floyd - Susannah

2005/06 Season

Bizet – Carmen
Weill – The Threepenny Opera
Handel – Semele
Rossini – Italian Girl in Algiers
Wagner – The Flying Dutchman

2004/05 Season

Leoncavallo- Pagliacci & Puccini – Il tabarro
Rossini – La cenerentola
Mozart – Così fan tutte
Encore! (Concert)
Menotti – The Consul

2003/04 Season

Bizet – The Pearl Fishers
Gilbert & Sullivan – The Mikado
Donizetti – Don Pasquale
Sondheim – Sweeney Todd
Puccini – La bohème

2002/03 Season

Verdi - La traviata
Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel
Strauss – Salome
Donizetti – The Elixir of Love
Puccini – Tosca

2001/02 Season

Verdi – Rigoletto
Mozart – Don Giovanni
Lehar – The Merry Widow
Poulenc – Dialogues of the Carmelites
Puccini – Madama Butterfly
Great Singers Series – Jose Carreras

2000/01 Season

Rossini – The Barber of Seville
Bizet – Carmen
Puccini – The Girl of the Golden West
Donizetti – The Daughter of the Regiment
Verdi - Don Carlo
Great Singers Series – Jerry Hadley
Great Singers Series – Denyce Graves

1999/00 Season

Puccini – Turandot
Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro
Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin
Floyd – Of Mice and Men
Verdi – Un ballo in maschera
Great Singers Series – Kiri Te Kanawa

1998/99 Season

Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor
Strauss – Die Fledermaus
Verdi – Aida
Giordano – Andrea Chenier
Puccini – La bohème
Great Singers Series – Samuel Ramey

1997/98 Season

Gounod – Romeo and Juliet
Verdi – Otello
Ponchielli – La gioconda
Mozart – Cosí fan Tutte
Puccini – Tosca
Wagner Festival Der Ring des Nibelungen

1996/97 Season

Delibes – Lakmé
Mozart – The Magic Flute
Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos
Massenet – Manon
Verdi – La traviata

1995/96 Season

Verdi – Il trovatore
Strauss – Salome
Wagner – Das Rheingold
Donizetti – Don Pasquale
Puccini – Madama Butterfly
Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen (Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff)

1994/95 Season

Bizet – Carmen
Wagner - Götterdämmerung
Verdi – Rigoletto
Puccini – Manon Lescaut​

1993/94 Season

Strauss – Die Fledermaus
Wagner – Siegfried
Puccini – Turandot
Rossini – The Barber of Seville

1992/93 Season

Verdi – Don Carlo
Wagner – Die Walküre
Puccini – La bohème
Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro
Rossini – La donna del lago (concert)

1991/92 Season

Bellini – La sonnambula
Puccini – Tosca
Verdi – Aida
Rossini – La cenerentola
Verdi – Nabucco

1990/91 Season

Mascagni – Cavalleria
Rusticana/ Leoncavallo – Pagliacci
Verdi – Otello
Donizetti – The Elixir of Love
Mozart – Don Giovanni

1989/90 Season

Gounod - Faust
Verdi – La forza del destino
Puccini – Madama Butterfly
Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor
Verdi – Giovanna d’Arco (concert)

1988/89 Season

Verdi – La traviata
Delibes – Lakmé
Bizet – Carmen
Puccini - Il tabarro/Gianni Schicchi

1987/88 Season

Gounod – Romeo & Juliet
Gounod – Romeo & Juliet (piano version)
Verdi – Rigoletto
Mozart – Così fan tutte
Puccini – Turandot

1986/87 Season

Tchaikovsky – Pique dame
Puccini – La bohème
Puccini – Manon Lescaut
Rossini – Barber of Seville

1985/86 Season

Puccini – Tosca
Verdi – Il trovatore
Massenet – Manon

1984/85 Season

Verdi – Aida
Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov
Lehar- The Merry Widow
Bizet – Carmencita y el Soldado

1983/84 Season

Puccini – Madama Butterfly
Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor
Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro

1982/83 Season

Moore – The Ballad of Baby Doe
Bizet – Carmen
Donizetti – The Elixir of Love

1981/82 Season

Rossini – Italian Girl in Algiers
Mascagni – Cavalleria rusticana*
Leoncavallo – Pagliacci*
Prokofiev – The Love for Three Oranges
[*Double Bill]

1980/81 Season

Verdi – La traviata
Wagner – Lohengrin
Puccini – Turandot

1979/80 Season

Verdi – Macbeth
Strauss – Die Fledermaus
Puccini – Tosca
Rossini – The Barber of Seville

1978/79 Season

Verdi – Il trovatore
Puccini – Madama Butterfly
Verdi – Rigoletto
Mozart – The Magic Flute

1977/78 Season

Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor
Verdi – Otello
Mozart – Don Giovanni

1976/77 Season

Gounod – Faust
Verdi – Rigoletto
Rossini – La cenerentola

1975/76 Season

Bizet – Carmen
Mascagni – Cavalleria
Rusticana/Leoncavallo – Pagliacci
Mozart – Così fan tutte

1974/75 Season

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro
Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel
Puccini – La bohème

1973/74 Season

Verdi – Un ballo in maschera
Mozart – The Magic Flute
Puccini – Madama Butterfly

1972/73 Season

Rossini – The Barber of Seville
Verdi - La traviata
Puccini – Tosca

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