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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. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The first musical theater productions in America were, not surprisingly, operas. Before the 20th century, light operettas imported from Europe dominated the American stage, until the innovations of George M. Cohan and others began to create a truly American form of musical theater in the early 20th Century. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lush and exotic, Arizona Opera's  Florencia en el Amazonas takes the stage in November. 

Mexican composer Daniel Catán's mystical cruise through the Amazon inspired by Gabriel García Márquez.

First Spanish opera commissioned in the U.S. makes its Phoenix and Tucson debut.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Exótica y exuberante, Florencia en el Amazonas se estrena en noviembre en Arizona Opera.  

El viaje místico a través del Amazonas del compositor mexicano Daniel Catán fue inspirado por Gabriel García Márquez 

La primera ópera en Español difundida en Estados Unidos hace debut en Phoenix y Tucson

Friday, September 18, 2015

(Phoenix, Tucson) The story of Arizona Lady is told for laughs. Centered on the efforts of the feisty Lona Farrell to succeed at ranching in her new Arizona home, it combines the state's cowboy heritage and Southwestern flair with the banter, wacky characters and plot twists of comedic Viennese operetta. Lona confronts thieves, romance and horseracing in equal measure.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Book lovers and opera aficionados have the chance to relive Arizona's Wild West with a true Arizona lady, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. O'Connor, and her brother Alan Day will share stories from their lives growing up on the Lazy B, a family ranch that covered 250 square miles of windswept land along the Gila River.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Alberto "Tito" Ríos, Parte decisiva para revivir el libreto de la premier de la operetta en Estados Unidos


Arizona Opera se complace en colaborar con el poeta nativo y laureado de Arizona Alberto "Tito" Ríos para la premier de Arizona Lady en Estados Unidos. Ríos, quien trabajó estrechamente con la conductora de Arizona Lady, Kathleen Kelly para crear la nueva producción bilingüe, y con quien escribió las letras y los textos en español de la comedia Kálmán.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Based on the Best Selling Western Novel by Zane Grey

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Arizona Opera is excited to collaborate with Arizona native and Poet Laureate Alberto "Tito" Ríos on the U.S. premiere of Arizona Lady. Ríos, who worked closely with Arizona Lady conductor Kathleen Kelly to create the brand new bilingual production, penned the Spanish lyrics and text for the Kálmán comedy.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Arizona Opera opens its 2015/16 Season as the first U.S. opera company to present the comic operetta Arizona Lady. The story revolves around leading lady Lona Farrell, whose hopes and dreams ride on the back of one horse, "Arizona Lady", winning the Kentucky Derby. Set on a historic ranch in Tucson and reminiscent of the greatest Golden-age Hollywood musical comedies, Arizona Lady is full of lively, upbeat music, cheerful, soaring arias and a wacky libretto, sure to make you smile as bright as the Arizona sun.