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Monday, March 16, 2020



Numerous Other Arizona Opera-related Events and Activities have also been Cancelled through mid-May – Complete List Included


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Season to Include the Company’s Second World Premiere, the Regional Premiere of a New Mariachi Opera, a New Production of a Modern Masterwork and the Return of Two Beloved Classics

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The opera company in association with Arizona State University has announced a request for proposals for the innovation competition.


PHOENIX (August 21, 2019) — Arizona Opera has officially announced a request for proposals (RFP) for its OnPitch Business Challenge, a venture capital-inspired competition designed to seek out the most innovative proposals for new earned revenue sources for the company, with $25,000 of prize money to be awarded.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Opera Company’s Focus on Tucson and the City’s Philanthropic Investment Grow


PHOENIX (June 10, 2019) — Arizona Opera, the state’s leading opera company, is thrilled to announce two exciting partnerships in Tucson, reflecting the company’s ongoing commitment to deepening its connection with its birth city. In January 2020, Arizona Opera will present American Tenor Matthew Polenzani in recital as part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival (TDSF). Additionally, Arizona Opera is proud to announce a new, multi-year sponsorship from Tucson-based arts philanthropist Marlys A. Beider, who has generously underwritten Arizona Opera’s Beloved Classics Series in Tucson through the company’s 50th Anniversary Season (2021-22) with a $225,000 gift.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The opera company is partnering with Arizona State University to develop a venture capital-inspired competition, the first of its kind in the field of opera


PHOENIX (April 10, 2019) — Arizona Opera has been awarded a two-year $150,000 OPERA America Innovation Grant, made possible by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, in support of a new partnership with Arizona State University (ASU). This marks Arizona Opera’s second consecutive, two-year Innovation Grant since the grant program’s inception four years ago.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Organizations to launch administrative office-sharing partnership in Phoenix and Tucson Phoenix, AZ


(April 5, 2019) – Arizona Opera and Arizona Theatre Company are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement to share administrative office space in their respective headquarters in both Phoenix and Tucson. As the organizations share the distinction of serving the communities of both cities, this unique collaboration will strengthen Arizona Opera and Arizona Theatre Company’s ability to create impact in those cities.

Monday, March 25, 2019

More than a quarter million dollars raised at this annual fundraiser.

Phoenix, AZ (March 25, 2019) – Arizona Opera’s 2019 Gala Luncheon, held on Saturday, March 16, at the Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, was an overwhelming success. More than 334 patrons attended the event that raised more than $340,000 for the company, an increase of nearly 60 percent over the previous year’s event.

Friday, March 8, 2019

“Riders of the Purple Sage” composer receives prestigious accolade

PHOENIX (Mar. 8, 2019) — Arizona Opera, the state’s leading opera company, congratulates Craig Bohmler for receiving the 2019 Governor’s Arts Award in the “Artist” category. The award, presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor, recognizes an artist of significant merit, leadership or reputation whose creations or contributions enrich the state and the field of the arts.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The WWI-era story, based on true events, delivers a poignant message of peace and empathy

PHOENIX (Feb. 13, 2019) — Arizona Opera, the state’s leading opera company, is bringing the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera “Silent Night” to Arizonans for the first time this March.