Arizona Opera Announces 2013-2014 Season with Performances at Tucson Music Hall, Phoenix Symphony Hall and the New Arizona Opera Center

2013-14 Subscriptions On Sale Now! Grand Opera for a Grand State;
New Season Features More Dates & Performances and a New Venue

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Phoenix, AZ (January 16, 2013) – Arizona Opera’s 2013–14 season features a new format and new prices—with five classics that are sure to enthrall and delight! Bolstered by stellar casts, directors, and the new Arizona Opera Center, the 2013–14 Season is not to be missed. Full subscriptions and mini subscriptions for the 2013-14 season are on sale now. The season is comprised of: HMS Pinafore, The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), La Bohème, La Traviata, and Don Pasquale.   

“Arizona Opera is overjoyed to present a newly-formatted season of ‘grand opera’ for our grand state. Our fifth production, Don Pasquale will inaugurate the beautiful new Arizona Opera Center,” said Scott Altman, General Director. “After a period of immense change, Arizona Opera continues its progress with an enhanced presence. We celebrate being Arizona’s only professional opera company and look forward to serving more students, families, patrons and community partners in the coming season, and in our new home.”

In addition to the fifth production at the Opera Center, Arizona Opera will continue to perform four productions at both Phoenix Symphony Hall and Tucson Music Hall. Special offerings include chartered bus service from Tucson to Phoenix for select performances of Don Pasquale at the Opera Center, and three productions in Phoenix feature newly-added Saturday matinees. Arizona Opera’s newly re-designed website ( makes ordering tickets and subscriptions even easier than before, and members will notice updated donor benefits to complement the Opera’s new offerings.

The season opens in October 2013 with Gilbert and Sullivan’s celebrated maritime blockbuster, HMS Pinafore. Beloved for its jaunty tunes, gleefully entertaining story, and sassy satire, this is the first time this comic opera has been presented at Arizona Opera. GRAMMY-nominated conductor Rob Fisher and acclaimed stage director Tara Faircloth make their Arizona Opera debuts in this effervescent production. Curt Olds and Sarah Jane McMahon, favorites from Arizona Opera’s production of Pirates of Penzance, return to delight audiences. Rising international tenor David Portillo portrays Ralph Rackstraw, and leading character baritone Robert Orth portrays Sir Joseph Porter.

Glide along with Richard Wagner’s ghostly opus of greed, guts, and glory as the second opera in the season, The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), makes a date with destiny at Arizona Opera. Will true love triumph over the curse that holds one man’s soul hostage through eternity? Conductor Joseph Rescigno and Director Bernard Uzan lead an all-star cast through the murky waters of romance and redemption. Mark Delavan, Arizona Opera’s Dutchman, will also be seen as Wotan in The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Das Rheingold next spring.

In January 2014, stroll the romantic streets of Paris and experience the greatest love story ever sung, La Bohème. Tucked away in the Latin Quarter of the 18th arrondissement, a poet and a seamstress find an intimate connection on Christmas Eve. Conductor Joel Revzen and Director Candace Evans return to Arizona Opera to give life to Puccini’s timeless story of spirited passion and heartbreaking loss. Off-stage couple Corinne Winters and Zach Borichevsky, who stunned audiences in 2012’s Roméo et Juliette, return to the stage to play love interests once again. Danielle Pastin and Jason Slayden covered these roles as young artists at Santa Fe Opera and serendipitously, both made their debut at Santa Fe when the lead singers became ill.

The fourth production of the season is La Traviata, in which opera’s original “pretty woman” throws a gala party at her Paris apartment and meets the young man who will forever change her destiny. Soar through memorable melodies, raise a glass and toast young love, devastating family obligations, and a rapturous devotion for the ages. Frequent guests Steven White and John Hoomes return to conduct and direct the southwestern premiere of this mesmerizing new production that has only been seen in Nashville up until this point. Caitlyn Lynch, a veteran of the Violetta role, and French Canadian Ambur Braid are making headlines around the country and are sure to please.

To close out this memorable season, Arizona Opera will christen its brand-new Opera Center by showering audiences with Donizetti’s dazzling vocal fireworks in Don Pasquale. The cast is anchored by Craig Colclough in the title role; Colclough can be seen in upcoming productions at LA Opera as well as in the title role of Falstaff at Wolf Trap this summer. Renowned Maestro Gary Wedow, who recently debuted at the New York Philharmonic, and stage director Chuck Hudson—a master of the commedia dell’arte tradition—celebrate the composer’s comic masterpiece of wit, wealth and domestic warfare with a spectacular new production, featuring an exuberant cast.


Performance Dates and Times
HMS Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan
Phoenix: October 11 at 7:30 p.m.; October 12 at 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; October 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Tucson: October 19 at 7:30 p.m.; October 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) by Richard Wagner
Phoenix:  November 15 & 16 at 7:30 p.m.; November 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Tucson:  November 23 at 7:30 p.m.; November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Phoenix:  January 24 at 7:30p.m; January 25 at 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; January 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Tucson:  February 1 at 7:30 p.m.; February 2 at 2:00 p.m.

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Phoenix:  February 28 at 7:30p.m.; March 1 at 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; March 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Tucson:  March 8 at 7:30p.m.; March 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti
Phoenix (Arizona Opera Center):  April 2, 4, 9, 12, 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m.; April 6 & 13 at
2:00 p.m.; April 16 at 1:00 p.m.


The first four Phoenix productions of Arizona Opera’s 2013–2014 Season are at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. The last production of the season is at the new Arizona Opera Center at 1636 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004. Tucson performances are at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701.

Season subscription tickets begin at $92 in Phoenix and $88 in Tucson. Tickets for Don Pasquale in Phoenix begin at $50. Single tickets begin at just $35. For ticket information, call the box office in Phoenix at 602.266.7464 or in Tucson at 520.293.4336.

Located in the heart of the Phoenix Arts District, the Arizona Opera Center houses a state-of-the-art performance venue for productions, rehearsals, community events and parties, as well as administrative offices, education activities, and costume, wig and make-up shops. The new home for Arizona Opera will open to the community in the late spring, 2013.

To learn more about the 2013–14 season, including cast lists, click here or visit Many images are available for download by clicking here. For interviews and additional images, please contact Kate Crowley at

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 company in the United States to serve multiple cities. 


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