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Arizona Opera Film Festival

September 24-26, 2021

Arizona Opera Film Festival


Continuing our collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera, the Arizona Opera Film Festival is returning September 24 through September 26. Screenings of three wonderful operas from the Met’s international Live in HD series, Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, will take place at the Arizona Opera Center in The Roma and Raymond Wittcoff Black Box Theater throughout the weekend.



Due to the current prevalence of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, Arizona Opera requires all Film Festival attendees to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the screening date. Attendees providing Arizona Opera with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be granted an exception to this requirement. Masks will be required for all attendees.




Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 6 PM MST

Estimated Running Time: 3 hours 41 minutes with two intermissions 

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, a highlight of the Met’s 2019–20 Live in HD season. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical vision of ancient Egypt.







L'Elisir d'Amore

L'Elisir d'Amore

Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 6 PM MST

Estimated Running Time: 2 hours 22 minutes with one intermission

Soprano Pretty Yende stars as the feisty Adina, opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino—who pours out his heart in the moving aria “Una furtiva lagrima”—in Bartlett Sher’s charming production, recorded live from the Met stage in 2018.





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Die Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte

Sunday, September 26, 2021 @ 2 PM MST

Estimated Running Time: 3 hours 5 minutes with one intermission

Tony Award–winner Julie Taymor matches the magic and mystery of Mozart’s timeless fable with a staging that bursts to life with vivid colors, intricate costumes, and inventive puppetry. Recorded live from the Met stage in 2017, this performance features a cast of young stars, including sopranos Golda Schultz and Kathryn Lewek, tenor Charles Castronovo, and baritone Markus Werba.





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