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Sandra Lopez, who sings the role of Florencia in Florencia en el Amazonas, tells us about her dream roles and how she gets into character!

Click here to find your photograph from the lobby photos of Florencia en el Amazonas at Phoenix Symphony Hall
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Luis Orozco sings Riolobo in Arizona Opera's production of Florencia en el Amazonas. Below, find out how Luis gets into character, his favorite parts of Florencia en el Amazonas and more!

When European explorers came to the New World, they encountered a land of magic. When compared to temperate Western Europe, the Amazon had a spirit and mind of its own that defied their conquest. If an explorer exposed a chair, a trunk, a gun or his own body to the elements, for even a short amount of time, the forest would claim it as its own. Everything Europeans brought across oceans soon belonged to the Amazon.

Click here to find your photograph from the lobby photos of Arizona Lady at Phoenix Symphony Hall.
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The leading lady of Arizona Lady gives us a glipse of her favorite opera, what's on her iPod and more!

This blog post is the third and final post from General Director Ryan Taylor, which chronicle the inspiration to bring Arizona Lady to the stages of Tucson and Phoenix this October.

What happens when you combine a horse, two love stories, two races, three nationalities, Vaudeville, one horse thief, the Tucson Rodeo, musical theater, prohibition, comedy, a square dance, a colorful cast of characters, and a brilliant mix of musical styles? You get a wild operetta called Arizona Lady, by Emmerich Kálmán! Kálmán was known for making people laugh through their tears. Arizona Lady, hislast operetta, which premiered over a year after his death, is a true testament to a man who deeply understood the pain and joy of life.

This blog post is the second of three posts from General Director Ryan Taylor, which chronicle the inspiration to bring Arizona Lady to the stages of Tucson and Phoenix this October.

This blog post is the first of three posts from General Director Ryan Taylor, which chronicle the inspiration to bring Arizona Lady to the stages of Tucson and Phoenix this October.

The world was full of optimism and champagne at the turn of the 20th century. On the surface, Europe was dancing to the carefree melodies of operetta, but under that cavalier veneer, the cracks that would lead to World War I were beginning to grow.

At the end of each Arizona Opera season, I am often asked by people what I plan to do with all my free time. It’s an obvious question. After all, it appears nothing is happening once the artists have all gone, the stage darkens, and the audiences go home. However, everything that you see onstage during the opera season is the result of months of planning and preparation—the bulk of which happens during the summer.

“Is this going to be a traditional production?”

As the Education Manager at Arizona Opera, this is the question I am asked most about operas in our upcoming seasons, and I must confess, I don’t really know how to answer it. After all, what tradition are we talking about?

Next season, we're presenting five operas, and three of them have never been seen before on Arizona Opera's stage. Whether you're a seasoned pro, or ready to start your first season with us, here are some things to know about the 2015/16 Season.

This coming weekend, I’m tackling a project that used to be pretty common for me: performance. If I’m being honest, I’m just this side of absolutely terrified. I sing once a year on Christmas morning in my hometown church so that the choir can spend the morning with their families. Other than that, I haven’t sung anything of substance in public for four years.

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