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Coffee @ Kerr

Lecture Series

The Coffee @ Kerr series will continue through our 2021/22 Season. Join us in-person or virtually for a free virtual music and lecture series at the Kerr Cultural Center.



El Milagro Del Recuerdo (The Miracle of Remembering)

Date and Time: November 10, 2021 at 10:30 AM MST
Location: Kerr Cultural Center (Hybrid Event)

Join Arizona Opera and Kerr Cultural Center for a free lecture series designed to enhance your understanding of the music, themes, and history behind the upcoming performance of El Milagro del Recuerdo. Presented by Arizona Opera’s new Director of Community Alliances, Courtney Clark, we will take a deep dive into this sensational Mariachi Opera – a prequel to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna performed in Arizona Opera’s 2014/2015 season. El Milagro del Recuerdo brings audiences back to where the story of Cruzar all began: Michoacán, Mexico. Set during Christmas, the opera lovingly explores the themes of traditions and familial bonds while its characters deal with life-changing decisions and dream of something more.



The Copper Queen Film Preview

Date and Time: October 6, 2021 at 10:30 AM MST
Location: Kerr Cultural Center (Hybrid Event)

Join Crystal Manich, Director of The Copper Queen Film, Arizona Opera, and Kerr Cultural Center as we kick off the 2021/22 Coffee @ Kerr lecture series with this preview of The Copper Queen Film. Get a behind the scenes look at the creation of the opera turned film exclusively from the Director who brought this piece to life.

Crystal Manich, Director

Crystal Manich is Puerto Rican director with almost 70 credits of operas, plays, and musicals. Credits include several productions in Argentina and Australia. THEATER: Nashville Children’s Theatre: Return to Sender (world premiere); Theater Latté Da: Barnarda Alba (musical, based on the Spanish play); Charlottesville Opera: Fiddler on the Roof. OPERA: Pinchgut Opera, Australia: Armida, Rameau Triple Bill; Buenos Aires Lírica: Madama Butterfly, Adriana Lecouvreur, Werther, Ernani; Wolf Trap Opera: Rigoletto; two filmed scenes programs for streaming in 2020; Daniel Catán’s Spanish language opera Il Postino for Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Opera Southwest. Pittsburgh Opera: nine productions; Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Columbus, North Carolina Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Roanoke, and Lyric Opera of Baltimore. POSITIONS: Former Artistic Director: Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis and Opera Omnia in New York; former Assistant Artistic Director Cirque du Soleil: Quidam in Brazil. FOR 2021: Catán's Hija de Rappaccini streaming live for Chicago Opera Theater; The Copper Queen world premiere film for Arizona Opera.

Arizona Opera’s Department of Education and Community Engagement programs are made possible through the support of: Karen Fruen, The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, Dr. Rex Brewster, Invest in Kids Charitable Gift Fund, The Moreno Family Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Fillman Gorin Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The City of Peoria, and Desert Diamond Casino West Valley.