AZ Opera’s HMS Pinafore Opens Season

Phoenix, AZ (August 29, 2013) – Arizona Opera’s 2013-14 season kicks off with a first-ever performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic production, HMS Pinafore performing at Symphony Hall October 11 through 13 in Phoenix and in Tucson on October 19 and 20 at Tucson Music Hall.

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 Pinafor 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 (Phoenix) or 520.293.4336 (Tucson). Packages of multiple shows for the season are also available for considerable savings.


HMS Pinafore

by Gilbert & Sullivan

Performance Dates and Times 

Phoenix: October 11 at 7:30 p.m.; October 12. at 7:30 p.m.; October 13 at 2:00 p.m.

at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St.


October 19 at 7:30 p.m.; October 20 at 2:00 p.m.

at Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church


HMS Pinafore Special Events 

Opera Dell’arte


September 25 at 10:00 am

Kerr Cultural Center

6110 N. Scottsdale Road

RSVP at 480-596-2660

Tickets:  Free


Oct 17 at 10:00 am

Jewish Community Center

3800 E. River Road

Tickets:  Free

A music and lecture series delving into the history, story and behind-the-scenes details of HMS Pinafore. This one-hour program features both lecture and live performances held at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center for Phoenix audiences and at the Tucson Jewish Community Center for Tucson audiences.


October 5 at 6:30 pm

Arizona Opera Center

1636 N. Central Ave

Phoenix  AZ  85004

Tickets:  $25


Enjoy a glass of wine and discuss details of HMS Pinafore with General Director Ryan Taylor. Guests are invited to a behind-the-scenes view for a portion of the opera’s final rehearsal at Arizona Opera Center.

voiceLab at the MIM:

Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 pm

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050 Tickets: $15, $22.50, $30

Tenor David Portillo, HMS Pinafore’s Ralph Rackstraw,  performs an exuberant program of entirely Spanish-language selections with Allen Perriello, Arizona Opera head of music staff, on piano. “voiceLab” is an intimate musical series brought to Phoenix audiences in partnership with MIM throughout the 2013-14 season. To purchase tickets:

Pre-opera Lectures: The hour prior to each performance of HMS Pinafore, Arizona Opera’s Director of Education and Community Engagement provides an entertaining and informative lecture about the production. Lectures are available to performance-goers only.


WHAT:  Arizona Opera performs HMS PINAFORE by Gilbert & Sullivan


Phoenix:  Symphony Hall, 75 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Tucson:  Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church, Tucson, Arizona 85719



Friday, Oct 11th, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Oct 12th, 7:30 pm

Sunday, Oct 13th, 2:00 pm


Saturday, Oct 19th at 7:30 pm

Sunday, Oct 20th, 2:00 pm


TICKETS: Start at $25 and are on sale by calling (602)266-7464 (Phx) or (520)293-4336 (Tuc) or at Tickets are also on sale at the Arizona Opera Center Box Office at 1636 N. Central Ave, Monday – Fridays 9 am – 6 pm.

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.