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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

PHOENIX and TUCSON, Arizona (Feb. 28, 2023) – Today, Arizona Opera officially announced its 2023/24 Season, featuring four opera productions – including a World Premiere – in Phoenix and Tucson, as well as the company’s inaugural New Works Festival in Phoenix, and a new series of community concerts in Tucson. Arizona Opera’s programming includes something for everyone, from tried-and-true opera lovers to school-aged children and everyone in between.

Friday, December 2, 2022

TUCSON AND PHOENIX, Ariz. (Dec. 2, 2022) – Four Arizona performing arts organizations that serve the Tucson community have been awarded grants ranging from $250,000 - $750,000 as part of a $2 million COVID relief funding distribution from Governor Doug Ducey’s Office. The funding will help to support and sustain the arts in the Tucson community. The grant recipients include Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Tucson, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, whose performances, training, and educational programs have served the Southern Arizona community for generations, spanning 36 to 93 years.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

PHOENIX and TUCSON, Arizona (July 28, 2022) ─ Arizona Opera is proud to announce that The Copper Queen, the company’s first feature film, is among the official selections for the inaugural Opera on Film series, part of Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O22. The film is one of only 20 selections out of a field of 800 submissions to be selected for the series.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

PHOENIX and TUCSON, Arizona – Arizona Opera announced casting today for their vibrant 2022/23 Season, which will feature an exciting array of productions, ranging from beloved classics to new works, including a return to five in-theater shows in both Phoenix and Tucson.

Monday, February 14, 2022

PHOENIX and TUCSON, Arizona (Feb. 14, 2022) – Today, Arizona Opera proudly announced its 2022/23 Season, which will feature an exciting array of programs, ranging from beloved classics to new works, including five in-theater productions in Phoenix and Tucson. Beyond the stage, Arizona Opera will continue its Production Apprentice and Marion Roose Pullin Studio training programs, welcome the return of in-person music education programs, and offer established and newly developed community programs as part of the company’s NextGen Initiative, which positively touch the lives of tens of thousands of people each year.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Phoenix, AZ (Dec. 8) – Arizona Opera is proud to announce seven talented performers that will be joining Arizona Opera for its 2022/23 Season. Through an intense audition process, these young artists were chosen based on professionalism, talent, passion for the art form, and a desire to continue their training in a prestigious professional setting. Studio Artists can be seen performing on both our main stage and throughout Arizona. The Studio also provides well-rounded, personalized instruction that propels each artist to the next level.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

PHOENIX (Dec. 1, 2021) – Perhaps the most famous opera in history, Georges Bizet’s Carmen premiered in 1875 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. The four-act opera, featuring a libretto written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy and adapted from the novella by Prosper Mérimée, remains one of the most exciting and popular works in the repertoire. And now, nearly 150 years later, the story of Carmen is being adapted again — this time as CARMEN: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, written by opera singer and director Alek Shrader and illustrated by legendary artist P. Craig Russell (Neil Gaiman’s American Gods) and Aneke, and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Arizona Opera will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for this ambitious adaptation early next year with a pre-launch page live now.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

PHOENIX (Sept. 30, 2021) – Arizona Opera released details today for both virtual and live, in-theatre screening opportunities for the public to experience its newest world premiere, The Copper Queen Film, beginning next month. The Copper Queen Film tells the haunting tale of Julia Lowell, whose ghost famously roams Room 315, the site of her tragic death at The Copper Queen Hotel in the mining town of Bisbee, Arizona.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Phoenix, AZ (Sept. 15) – Arizona Opera was one of 71 Arizona nonprofits to receive a “Now is the Moment” grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust on Monday, September 13. This surprise gift of $2.5 million - the largest one-time grant in Arizona Opera history - will enable the organization to continue to create memorable experiences and expand the impact of opera while serving all members of the state of Arizona through traditional and newly created programs.

Friday, May 14, 2021

PHOENIX and TUCSON, Arizona – Arizona Opera’s President and General Director, Joseph Specter, officially announced the casting today for the organization’s 2021/22 Season—its 50th Anniversary Season—which will feature an exciting and diverse programming schedule of five productions, including the release of the company’s first world premiere film and four planned in-theater productions in both Phoenix and Tucson.