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How to enjoy the opera for a date night

The Arizona Republic

Kellie Hwang

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But don’t shy away from date night at the opera just because you’re a newbie. The Arizona Opera is much more approachable than, say, the Metropolitan Opera in New York or the Royal Opera House in London, and it’s not stuffy and stodgy the way opera is stereotypically portrayed. Laura Schairer, marketing director for the Arizona Opera, said it’s an exciting evening.

The stories are always really emotional and powerful, sometimes hilarious comedies and sometimes heartbreaking tragedies. Today’s audiences are discriminating. If they are watching an opera about a sultry gypsy or swarthy Don Juan, the singers need to be believable. The days of the fat lady in the Viking helmet are long gone.

– Laura Schairer, Marketing Director