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Arizona Opera Film Festival: Opera on the Reel

Arizona Opera Film Festival

Arizona Opera’s popular summer opera film festival returns beginning July 2023! Enjoy fantastic opera presented digitally in the Roma and Raymond Wittcoff Black Box Theater at the Arizona Opera Center. This season, we are presenting films that represent works performed by multiple opera companies, including The Atlanta Opera's Candide and Opera Philadelphia's The Marriage of Figaro

Enjoy live performances by the Arizona Opera Ambassador Artists during intermission. Harkins Movie Theater Popcorn and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will available for purchase.


Sunday, July 23, 2023 at 2 PM MST



Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Stephen Sondheim, & Leonard Bernstein, with book by Lillian Hellman & Hugh Wheeler.

Estimated Running Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes with one intermission

Performed in English with English supertitles


Atlanta Opera’s 2023 production of Leonard Bernstein’s best-known operetta comes to Arizona Opera’s Film Festival. The innocent Candide discovers that human beings aren’t all they are cracked up to be and ultimately focuses on building his own life on his own terms. Featuring modern classics “Glitter and Be Gay,” “Make our Garden Grow,” and a rip-roaring Overture for the ages. Deanna Breiwick and Jack Swanson star. Conducted by James Lowe and directed by Alison Moritz. This production includes depictions of sexual assault, murder, prostitution, and kidnapping. Film and description courtesy of Atlanta Opera. 

Generously provided by The Atlanta Opera and The Atlanta Opera Film Studio.


Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 2 PM MST


The Marriage of FigaroThe Marriage of Figaro

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Text by Lorenzo da Ponte

Estimated Running Time: 3 hours and 15 minutes, including one 25 minute intermission

Performed in Italian with English captions


Opera Philadelphia’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro was a hit with audiences and critics, called “ceaselessly clever” and “easily recommendable” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, and “fresher, sassier, and more dazzling than ever” by Philadelphia Magazine. Regarded as one of the greatest operas ever written, The Marriage of Figaro is a screwball comedy complete with disguises, surprises, and compromises, and comes to life with an impressive cast of singers, including soprano Ying Fang and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel. Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris leads the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus in this highly spirited production that dazzled audiences and critics alike.