Arizona Opera Center Grand Opening October 4 & 5

Phoenix, Ariz (Sept 5, 2013) Join the festivities as Arizona Opera celebrates the opening of the new ARIZONA OPERA CENTER located at 1636 N. Central Avenue, on Central Ave and McDowell directly across from Phoenix Art Museum and on the METRO Light Rail in downtown Phoenix.  The ARIZONA OPERA CENTER is the creative and administrative center for Opera, with all rehearsals, educational outreach programs, costume and wig construction and production activities located at the facility.  The Grand Opening Weekend will allow visitors to explore the Center, experience a variety of free performances and learn about the Arizona Opera’s season which opens the following weekend with Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore in Symphony Hall.  Arizona Opera Box Office will be open throughout the festivities for patrons wishing to purchase tickets to the Opera’s season.


Grand Opening Weekend

Schedule of Events

First Friday October 4, 2013

Ghouly Makeup Demonstration 6 pm – 8 pm 

Prepare for First Friday’s Zombie Walk by stopping into Arizona Opera’s Costume shop where Alita Camacho, Director of Wigs and Make-Up will be holding demonstrations on How to Turn Yourself Into a Zombie with simple easy-to-do tricks of the trade.

HMS Pinafore Rehearsals 7 pm – 10 pm

Slip into the Viewing Gallery to watch the hilarious antics of the cast of HMS Pinafore as they prepare for Arizona Opera’s opening production in Symphony Hall, (October 11 – 13)

“Craigslistlieder” (FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY) 9:00 pm & 10:00 pm

Baritone Chad Sloan will perform the outrageous Craigslistlieder, a song cycle in eight movements. Craigslistlieder takes its texts from the eponymous classified ad web site. Written in 2006, the songs have been performed to great acclaim in concert halls and bars alike.

Arizona Opera Center Tours Every ½ hour 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Take a tour with Arizona Opera staff and learn how an opera comes together. From building sets, sewing costumes, to organizing over 200 singers, orchestra members, stage hands and extras, you’ll learn about all the pieces that come together to create those riveting moments in the theater.

Participating Food Trucks: 

Palettas Betty, Mamma Toledo’s, Spice it Up, Paradise Melts and Short Leash Hot Dogs.

Wine will be available for purchase.


Saturday Community Day October 5, 2013

11:00 am The Secrets of Steinway 


Building the world’s finest pianos for over 160 years, representatives from Steinway & Sons will host an interactive presentation on the art of crafting their elegant masterpieces.

Steinway is the Official Piano of Arizona Opera 

Arizona Opera Center Tours 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Every hour on the hour)

Take a tour with Arizona Opera staff and learn how an opera comes together. From building sets, sewing costumes, to organizing over 200 singers, orchestra members, stage hands and extras, you’ll learn about all the pieces that come together to create those riveting moments in the theater.

12:30 pm Phoenix Youth Symphony Performance 


Flavia Pajaro-van de Stadt, violin Bobae Johnson, violin Freya Irani, viola Aurora Lawrie, cello

Keitaro Harada, Associate Conductor of Arizona Opera leads the Phoenix Youth Symphony. Recognized internationally as one of the premiere youth orchestras in the United States, these young musicians from will be performing selections of chamber music.


2:30 pm Arizona School for the Arts Middle School Chorus

One of the leading performing arts schools in the United States, Arizona School for the Arts’ Middle School Chorus will sing as part of the Opening Celebrations.  Led by ASA choral faculty Dana Bender and accompanied by Ron Rhode, the Chorus will be performing works from a variety of composers and musical styles that reflect ASA’s diverse curriculum.  Selections will include works from Vivaldi, choral spirituals, as well as modern composers that specialize in music for young voices. The Arizona School for the Arts Chorus will be joining Arizona Opera onstage for January’s performances of La Bohéme.

3:30 pm Season Preview Performance

Six highly accomplished emerging artists join the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio this season. Come meet the artists as they perform selections from Arizona Opera’s upcoming 2013-14 season.

6:30 pm Opératif  - HMS Pinafore Preview

Atrium & Viewing Gallery

Enjoy a glass of wine and discuss details of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore with General Director Ryan Taylor. Guests are invited “behind the scenes” to view a portion of the opera’s final rehearsal from the viewing gallery. Registration is required. $25 per person.

Participating Food Trucks: 

Palettas Betty & Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese.



Arizona Opera Presents:

HMS Pinafore

by Gilbert & Sullivan

October 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm; October 13 at 2:00 pm. 

at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St.

Set sail on the high seas with Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.  Beloved for its jaunty tunes, gleefully entertaining story and sassy satire, HMS Pinafore is a perfect musical comedy for all ages.

HMS Pinafore features stage veteran Robert Orth as “Sir Joseph Porter”; Sara Gartland as “Josephine”; Curt Olds as “Captain Corcoran”; and a rising star in the next generation of opera, Mexcan-American David Portillo in the role of “Ralph Rackstraw”.  GRAMMY-nominated conductor Rob Fisher will lead the orchestra, while acclaimed stage director Tara Faircloth rounds out the creative team for this effervescent production. Sung in English with English supertitles.

Tickets to HMS Pinafore start at $25 and are on sale at or by calling 602.266.7464. Packages of multiple shows for the season are also available at considerable savings.

About Arizona Opera

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.