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Thursday, March 10, 2016

(Phoenix, Tucson) Never before seen on the Arizona Opera stage, Verdi's Falstaff comes to life in this new production opening April Fools' Day. Irascible, randy and boastful, John Falstaff concocts a scheme to seduce the wealthy Wives of Windsor and nab their riches. His plot quickly unravels in a series of elaborate pranks as the clever women enlist everyone to outwit the old rascal.  Based on the Shakespearean character, Falstaff was Verdi's final opera, and some consider his finest.

Friday, February 5, 2016

(Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz.) The man, the myth and the legend. Mozart's Don Giovanni comes to the Arizona Opera stage February 26-28 in Symphony Hall in Phoenix and March 5-6 in Tucson Music Hall.  Don Giovanni is sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

(Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz.) General Director Ryan Taylor and Arizona Opera announce its 45th Anniversary Season with classics and the first fully-commissioned world premiere in the company's history.  This season marks a major step for the company's Arizona Bold artistic initiative as it announces the creation of a new piece, Riders of the Purple Sage to be performed in the spring of 2017.  

Friday, January 22, 2016

Want to learn more about Arizona Opera performances? Arizona Opera's official podcast, Overtures, presents the fascinating facts behind the operas, concerts, and collaborative programs Arizona Opera produces each season. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

(Phoenix, Tuc) Arizona Opera Board Chairman Robert Tancer has announced that Ryan Taylor has accepted the position of Minnesota Opera’s General Director.  Minnesota Opera is one of the top opera companies in the country, and the organization where Ryan began his career in opera as a Resident Artist.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Do you know the Ring Cycle from The Lord of the Rings? Do you think Donner is just a reindeer? If you're naive about the Nibelung and your Wagner is weak, don’t miss the Ring Cycle lecture series at the Tucson Museum of Art, coming in April 2016. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

(Phoenix, Ariz.) In conjunction with Arizona Opera's new community-based artistic initiative, Arizona Bold, the company presents a short preview of a new operatic work in development, The Copper Queen on January 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the Arizona Opera Center in Phoenix.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

(Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz.) Opera's most infamous seductress, CARMEN, will ignite downtown when Arizona Opera performs the sultry classic January 30 at 7:30 and January 31 at 2:00 pm in the Tucson Music Hall, and February 5 and 6 at 7:30 and February 7 at 2:00 pm in Symphony Hall.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The holiday season in Phoenix now includes music from Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Theatre! Singers from Arizona Opera will perform selections from memorable holiday movie favorites such as White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Phoenix Theatre. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Celebrated Mexican-American composer Daniel Catán was not one to shy away from an ambitious project. Catán used Nobel prizewinning novelist Gabriel García Márquez’s stories and characters as inspiration for his breakthrough opera, Florencia en el Amazonas, which premiered at the Houston Grand Opera in 1996.