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Arizona Opera Book Club

Opera is all about telling compelling stories through music. Most of the stories you see on stage are inspired by great literary works, historical events, legendary people, or better yet, current issues. Whether you are a Book Club regular or joining the group for the first time, we are excited join us this season.

 

We thrilled to announce that the Arizona Opera Book Club will return for the 2022/23 Season in collaboration with the Pima Library Systems! 

Booklists and resources created by our partner, the Pima Library System, will be announced soon.

 

How to Join: 

All book club activities, announcements, meetings, and more will be announced via our new Facebook group. We invite you to participate, post, and discuss each book with us as we discover these new titles together.

  

 

Need Help?

Don’t know how to join our group? It’s easy! Follow the steps below:

     

If you do not have Facebook and do not wish to join, we will also be posting information and updates to this page so stay tuned!

 

Book Club Meetings:

All Book Club activities, announcements, meetings, and more will be announced via our Facebook group. If you are not part of Arizona Opera's Book Club Facebook Group and would still like to participate in our virtual book club meetings, please send an email to Courtney Clark, Director of Community Alliances, at cclark@azopera.org.

 


2022/23 Season Meeting Dates & Times:

 

The Falling and the Rising

The Falling and the Rising

Music by Zach Redler, Libretto by Jerre Dye

Reading: September 5, 2022 – October 13, 2022
Meeting: October 13, 2022 at 6 PM MST

A powerful story of service and sacrifice, based on interviews with returning soldiers at the Walter Reed National Medical Center, The Falling and the Rising takes place largely in the mind of a soldier following a roadside attack. Follow her through a coma-induced dreamscape as she has powerful and moving encounters with fellow service members.

 


 

Ariadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos

Music by Richard Strauss, Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Reading: October 13, 2022 – December 1, 2022
Meeting: December 1, 2022 at 6 PM MST

A wealthy gentleman in Vienna commissions two pieces of entertainment as an after-dinner treat for his guests: a dramatic tragic opera and a comedy by a troupe of actors. Unfortunately, the dinner is running late, and the two ensembles are forced to perform on stage together, at the same time. Ariadne auf Naxos delivers a deliciously theatrical mix of humor and exceptionally beautiful music, bringing surprise and delight at every possible turn.

 


 

Tosca

Tosca

Music by Giacomo Puccini, Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Reading: December 1, 2022 – January 19, 2023
Meeting: January 19, 2023 at 6 PM MST

Set in 19th century Rome during the Napoleonic wars, Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia, has long lusted after Rome's diva, Floria Tosca. When Scarpia suspects Tosca's lover, Cavaradossi, of assisting an escaped political prisoner, Scarpia seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. He will manipulate Tosca into revealing the prisoner's hiding place and Cavaradossi's involvement and have her for himself.

 


 

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp

Reading: January 19, 2023 – March 2, 2023
Meeting: March 2, 2023 at 6 PM MST

Based on the 1949 memoir, The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family in Austria. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. In order to save his family, Captain and Maria must make a difficult decision that could alter all of their lives.

 


 

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Reading: March 2, 2023 – April 6, 2023
Meeting: April 6, 2023 at 6 PM MST

Mozart expertly combines the human and the supernatural, along with comedy and romance, to draw us into a world where a prince, assisted by musical instruments enhanced with magical powers, goes on a quest to rescue the princess. Triumphant over every obstacle in their search for truth and enlightenment—in the end—the young couple are united in love and happiness.

 

 


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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.

 


 

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