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2023/2024 Arizona Opera Student Previews

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The 2023/24 Season Performances:

The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

Music by Gioachino Rossini, Libretto by Cesare Sterbini


Date: Thursday, January 25, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Symphony Hall, Phoenix
Rating: PG
Language: Performed in Italian with English and Spanish supertitles
Length: approx. 2 hours and 52 minutes
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Love, mistaken identity, and humor are woven throughout The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s comic opera masterpiece. The Barber of Seville is considered one of the greatest opera buffa of all time, maintaining its popularity for over two hundred years.

Count Almaviva falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful Rosina, the young ward of a grumpy and elderly Bartolo who intends to marry her and claim her dowry. Dressed in disguise, Almaviva tries to earn Rosina’s affection for who he really is, rather than for his money and status. Almaviva assumes multiple identities including a poor student, a drunken soldier, and a singing tutor and priest. With the help of his companion Figaro, Almaviva stops at nothing as he pursues Rosina through a series of comical hijinks and bait-and-switch facades. Eventually revealing his true identity, he manages to win Rosina’s heart and the pair evade the disgruntled Bartolo, with love and laughter triumphing in the end.



Roméo & JulietteRoméo & Juliette

Music by Charles Gounod, Libretto by Jules Barbier & Michel Carré

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Symphony Hall, Phoenix
Rating: PG-13
Language: Performed in French with English and Spanish supertitles
Length: approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes
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Gounod's romantic and rapturous music sets the stage for this tale of star-crossed lovers, based on Shakespeare’s play about the feuding Montague and Capulet families in Verona.

Roméo Montague and his friend Mercutio don masks to sneak into the Capulet’s ball, where Juliette Capulet has been presented to the party guests. Roméo falls instantly in love with Juliette, who fervently loves him back despite being pledged to marry Count Parîs. Juliette’s cousin Tybalt recognizes Roméo as he shares a tender moment with Juliette, but is prevented from attacking as Roméo and his friends flee.

Roméo and Juliette affirm their forever love in the iconic balcony scene. Outside the Capulet palace, Roméo breaks up a fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, asking him to forgive the feud between families. With nothing but scorn, Tybalt kills Mercutio and Roméo stabs Tybalt. Knowing their families will never get along, Roméo and Juliette plan to fake their deaths in a desperate attempt to be together, culminating in an ending for these lovers that is as tragic as it is heartbreakingly beautiful.



Don GiovanniDon Giovanni

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024
Time: 7 PM - 10:15 PM
Location: Symphony Hall, Phoenix
Rating: PG-13
Language: Performed in Italian with English and Spanish supertitles and English dialogue
Length: approx. 3 hours and 30 minutes
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Mozart’s Don Giovanni, regarded by many as one of the greatest operas of all time, tells the centuries-old story of the libertine Don Juan.

Don Giovanni tries to seduce Donna Anna, which goes awry and he ends up killing her father, the Commendatore, unbeknownst to her. Donna Anna asks her fiancé, Don Ottavio, to avenge her father’s death. The opera follows Don Giovanni’s salacious escapades, aided and abetted by his servant Leporello. Giovanni makes his rounds seducing and duping numerous characters, bragging along the way and escaping accountability by obscuring his identity. In a cemetery, Giovanni meets the Commendatore’s statue, who forebodingly warns him that he will laugh no longer. When offered the chance to change his ways, will Don Giovanni repent?


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Title 1 school student tickets are FREE. Please be as accurate as possible when reserving tickets.
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