Bold. Brave. Brilliant.

Around the world in 191 days!

Ryan Taylor – April 10, 2015

At the final performance of The Daughter of the Regiment this season, we will have journeyed from Arizona and Mexico through Italy and Russia to the Tyrolean Alps – not to mention the fantastical realm in The Magic Flute. It has been a journey none of us will soon forget, and we’ve saved the best for last. Donizetti’s vibrant The Daughter of the Regiment provides the thrilling burst of joie de vivre on which we will end our season 191 days following our first performance of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna last October!

Within each season’s journey, each production is its own adventure: Artists arrive and meet one another and staff for the first time, just three and a half weeks before opening night. Stage director and Conductor begin to guide artists through the production, and just as our season ends with a bang, so too does each production end in the culmination of our entire company’s passion igniting the stage!

In the last few years, we have deliberately chosen to end our artistic performance season with a comedic production – The Marriage of Figaro in 2013, Don Pasquale in 2014, and now The Daughter of the Regiment in 2015. The high note on which we end our seasons is the hope that our audience will carry with them throughout the summer in anticipation of our next meeting and our next journey. This year we’ve experienced incredible vocalism, beautiful moments of humanity, and more than our fair share of fun!

Daughter of the Regiment: Didi Conn's Opera Debut

In addition to sparkling performances of several company favorites, four exciting artists make their debut with Arizona Opera in this production. Together, with our phenomenally talented studio artists and our wonderful orchestra and chorus, we also welcome Didi Conn (beloved beauty-school dropout Frenchy from the movie musical Grease) as she makes her debut on the operatic stage as the Duchess of Krakenthorpe.

I can’t imagine a better way to honor almost two centuries of musical storytelling than with this incredible family of artists. As we bid this season goodbye with one grand happy ending, we'd like to thank you for joining us on our trek across the globe, spanning five countries, six languages, and too many hearts to count.

The Board, staff and artists of Arizona Opera are exceptionally grateful for your support and we can’t wait to come together again this fall for the U.S. opera house premiere of Arizona Lady! In our first Arizona Bold production of the 15/16 season, we will all share the thrill of victory as the Tucson-born prize horse “Arizona Lady” wins the Kentucky Derby, and our hearts.