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Arizona Opera to Livestream Virtual Studio Spotlight Recital Online October 2 at 6 PM

Tuesday, September 29, 2020



Arizona Opera, the state’s leading opera company, is proud to open its Reimagined 2020/21 Season with the inaugural presentation of the Studio Spotlight Series on Friday, October 2 at 6 PM.

Featuring members of the esteemed Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio, the Studio Spotlight Series inaugural recital will take place at the newly-named Shoshana B. and Robert S. Tancer Plaza at the Arizona Opera Center, and the livestream will be available at no cost on Arizona Opera’s new online channel, “Arizona Opera OnDemand” (

The performance of the Studio Spotlight Series on October 2 will be performed in front of a small, socially distanced audience of invited guests. Live attendance at future performances will be made available to the public, subject to health and safety guidelines, and the Series will be regularly streamed throughout the year on Arizona Opera OnDemand.

The October 2 Studio Spotlight premiere will feature performances by 2020/21 Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio Artists Cheyanne Coss (soprano), Caitlin Gotimer (soprano), Michaela Wolz (mezzo- soprano), Terrence Chin-Loy (tenor), Rob McGinness (baritone), and Robert Bosworth (pianist). This year’s Studio also includes Haley Stamats, the program’s first assistant stage director, whose work will be featured in various programs over the course of the season.

Each of these artists went through a rigorous process to be accepted into the prestigious program, which provides well-rounded, personalized instruction in order to propel each artist to the next level of their performance career. The Pullin Studio helps to bridge the gap between academic studies and a professional career in the operatic field.

Christopher Cano, Arizona Opera’s Head of Music & Director of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio, said, “I am thrilled Arizona Opera will present these six extraordinary talents through the Studio Spotlight Series. Audiences from around the globe will have an opportunity to tune in from the comfort of their own home to see what the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio is all about on a monthly basis, and watch these artists in performances of operatic favorites over the course of the season.” Additional Studio Spotlight Series engagements will be held throughout Arizona Opera’s Reimagined 2020/21 Season, with future dates and times to be announced in the coming weeks.

This Studio Spotlight Series concert also launches “Arizona Opera OnDemand,” a vibrant new online video platform that will bring the works of one of the world’s most treasured art forms into homes across the state and the world via streaming devices, including computers, phones, tablets and televisions.

Joseph Specter, the company’s President and General Director, said “Arizona Opera is proud to support the growth of these exciting young artists, and to share their work through this new Series with the world on our new channel, Arizona Opera OnDemand. The inaugural presentation of the Studio Spotlight Series on October 2 at Tancer Plaza is an important launch to an innovative season that we hope will bring the works of our company into the homes of tens of thousands of people. We eagerly look forward to sharing this Series and our whole Reimagined Season with our Arizona Opera family, and those new to our organization and to our art form.”


The program for the October 2 concert, which will run approximately 45 minutes, is as follows:

From Faust
"Air de bijoux"
C. Gounod
Caitlin Gotimer, soprano


From La Clemenza di Tito
"Parto, ma tu ben mio"
W. A. Mozart
Michaela Wolz, mezzo-soprano


From Pique Dame
"Vi tak pechalny"
P. Tchaikovsky
Rob McGinness, baritone

From Turandot
"Tu che di gel sei cinta"
G. Puccini
Caitlin Gotimer, soprano


From Vanessa
"Must the Winter Come So Soon"
S. Barber
Michaela Wolz, mezzo-soprano


From L'Elisir d'Amore
"Come Paride vezzoso"
G. Donizetti
Rob McGinness, baritone


From L'Elisir d'Amore
"Final Scene"
G. Donizetti
Cheyanne Coss, soprano
and Terrence Chin-Loy, tenor


Robert Bosworth, pianist


Those planning to watch should visit Arizona Opera OnDemand at on Friday, October 2 at 6 PM.


Arizona Opera is deeply grateful to our 2020/21 Reimagined Season Lead Digital Sponsors, Ron and Kay McDougall.


Studio Spotlight Series
The Studio Spotlight Series is sponsored, in part, by Marlys A. Beider

Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio
Christopher Cano, Director of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio
Sponsored by Karen Fruen

Cheyanne Coss, soprano
Sponsored by Norman C. and Donna L. Harbert

Caitlin Gotimer, soprano
Sponsored by Peter and Lee Larson

Michaela Wolz, mezzo-soprano
Sponsored by Drs. Tom and Ginger Collier

Terrence Chin-Loy, tenor
Sponsored by Don Williams and Dan A. Klingenberg*, and Alan and Linda Englander

Rob McGinness, baritone
Sponsored by Roma Wittcoff

Robert Bosworth, pianist
Sponsored by Karen Fruen

Haley Stamats, assistant stage director
Sponsored by Helen Pierson, Shoshana B. Tancer, and Ole and Teresa Thienhaus



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