Arizona Opera and City of Phoenix Join to Open $5.2M New Arizona Opera Center

New Arizona Opera Center Opens March 25 at
1636 N. Central Ave in Phoenix


Who:  Arizona Opera & the City of Phoenix

When & Where: March 25, 2013 | Arizona Opera Center, 1636 North Central Ave, Phoenix, 85004

 What: Arizona Opera opens a new 28,000 square foot Opera Center and continues rehearsals of its next production, The Marriage of Figaro, with a cast from around the world. The building project, in partnership with the City of Phoenix included two phases. Phase 1 houses an intimate black box performance venue, rehearsal space, and orchestra loft and patron viewing gallery. Phase 2 features administrative offices, box office, costume, wig and make-up shops, as well as educational and meeting facilities. Phase 2 made adaptive reuse of the previous Walsh Brothers building.

The Opera Center on Central Avenue joins other cultural pillars such as Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum and Phoenix Theatre in the “uptown” arts district, which is easily accessible via METRO Light Rail. The Opera’s Opera Center, was built in partnership with the City of Phoenix, who provided $3.2 million in city bond funds.

“We are thrilled to have found such a perfect location for our new home, near our sister arts organizations and directly on the light-rail route,” says Scott Altman, general director of Arizona Opera. The first full opera production will be held in April 2014 in the black box theater, while rehearsals, master classes and workshops will be held in the theater as early as April, 2013.

Arizona Opera will continue to present main stage productions in Tucson Music Hall and Symphony Hall Phoenix.
Media Availability: To arrange interviews, previews of the space or live media site visits with cast during rehearsals, please contact Kate Crowley at or480.277.4178.

Arizona Opera is Arizona’s only professional opera company, which produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that reach over 70,000 school-children and adults annually. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is one of the only opera companies in the United States to serve multiple cities.

Kate Crowley
Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations