New Address to Provide New Format for 2013-14 Season
New Opera Center in 2013 Allows Arizona Opera to Expand Productions.
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Phoenix, AZ (November 2, 2012) — With the new Arizona Opera Center opening in late spring, 2013, Arizona Opera has announced a new, expanded format for its 2013–14 season. This new format, approved by the Board of Trustees last week, allows the company to continue presenting productions at Phoenix Symphony Hall and Tucson Music Hall, while adding new performances at the Opera Center on Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix.
The new format includes four full productions at both Phoenix Symphony Hall and Tucson Music Hall, with an additional production to be performed in the new Opera Center Theater. The Opera Center production will have eight performances, including weeknights and matinees, and an additional Saturday matinee is being added to three of the four Phoenix Symphony Hall productions.
The new space brings the world of opera to patrons the way it was originally meant to be seen—intimately and closely. “The opening of the new Arizona Opera Center is a defining moment for the company, and offers us more opportunities to bring the art of opera to Arizona audiences,” said General Director Scott Altman. “The Center’s personal setting and ability to offer more flexible dates for our audience allows us to expand our offerings. We will open our doors for recitals, education programs and rehearsals, and will provide space for other arts groups to perform. The Arizona Opera Center will be a gathering place for the entire community to enjoy the arts.”
The purchase of the land and former Walsh Brothers Furniture Building was initiated by a $3.2 million bond offer from the city. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said “Arizona Opera’s new format brings the musical arts to the Phoenix community in a way they have never been able to experience it before. The Opera Center will enrich and engage thousands of Arizonans each year through performances, programs and public events inspired by and infused with the craft of opera.”
“The Opera Center Theater will open a host of new opportunities for Arizona Opera to bring new and creative offerings as well as more intimate stagings of beloved favorites. I am proud to be serving on the company’s Board,” said Roma Wittcoff, member of Arizona Opera’s Board of Trustees and Member, Board of Directors, Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
With the Opera Center, Arizona Opera will also reach out to the diverse communities of Arizona, including the Hispanic community, through partnerships and events. “The theater space in the new Opera Center creates an environment in which diversity is celebrated and allows for bridges of understanding to be built through up close and personal performances,” said Víctor M. Treviño, Consul General of Mexico and Honorary Member of Arizona Opera’s Board of Trustees.
Arizona Opera continues to present established and emerging artists from around the country and the world to sing in its productions. The Opera Center opens in spring, 2013, at 1636 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004. Centrally located in Phoenix’s downtown arts corridor, and just off the light rail, the Opera Center is comprised of a newly constructed building and theater space as well as renovations to the former Walsh Brothers Furniture building for administrative space.
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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.
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