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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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A riveting line-up—including the highly-anticipated return of the company’s first world premiere—and the announcement of its second world premiere commission Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Opera is thrilled to announce its production line-up and casting for the 2019/20 Season, delivering thought-provoking new works, beloved classic operas, and the revival of an immensely popular modern masterwork premiered by Arizona Opera. The reveal of the 2019/20 Season is accompanied by the exciting announcement of Arizona Opera’s commissioning of its second world premiere.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Phoenix, AZ –Thanks to generous philanthropic support committed this week, Arizona Opera is now able to invite all patrons attending “Maria de Buenos Aires” performances in Phoenix on Friday, Sept. 28 and in Tucson on Saturday, Oct. 6 to The RED Party — celebrating the opening of its 2018-19 season free of cost. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

PHOENIX (August 27, 2018) –Arizona Opera is launching its new fiscal year with exciting news: The contract extension of its president and general director, the launch of a new endowment and success in meeting a Tucson donor’s challenge.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Arizona Opera has collaborated with Classical Arizona PBS, to bring to the airwaves three remarkable performances from their 45th Anniversary Season.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Arizona Opera Concludes its Season with a $2 Million Gift

Kay and Ron McDougall Pledge Supports the Opera’s RED Series

Phoenix, AZ (April 16, 2018) – Arizona Opera is pleased to announce a $2 million gift from Kay and Ron McDougall in support of Arizona Opera’s new RED Series, which will now bear their name. The McDougall gift will be used to support the annual presentation of two intimate, innovative, and brand-defining artistic offerings that comprise the company’s new fall season.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Opera is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its acclaimed production of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle with Das Rheingold, opening in Phoenix April 6 – 8, and subsequently in Tucson April 14 and 15. The Company is thrilled to conclude its season with this ambitious Wagner work.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Phoenix, AZ – Following the announcement of its exciting 2018/19 Season this past fall, Arizona Opera declares that casting for next year is now complete. Artists for the company’s season will take on roles in classic operas, as well as roles in more intimate works that are both adventurous and theatrical, aimed to inspire curiosity among audiences new to the art form.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Opera brings back to the stage Gioachino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, March 3 & 4 in Tucson and March 9 – 11 in Phoenix. The Barber of Seville was the very first production that Arizona Opera presented back in 1972, and the Company is delighted for it to make its triumphant return, complete with all of the delightful characters and wildly popular music that so enchanted Arizona Opera’s first audiences.