Our 2022/23 Season
The Art of Opera
Arizona Opera's 2022/23 Season combines the transformative power of the singing voice and theater with the intoxicating beauty of visual art, creating an experience that will lift your spirit. The immersive experience of opera reinforces the importance of all art forms, as well as the commitment that Arizona Opera, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, and all our community partners share: to fill our world with inspiration, fulfillment, and connection. Whether you are new to the opera or a seasoned devotee, your love affair grows at Arizona Opera this season.
Come as you are. Leave different.
The Falling and the Rising
Music by Zach Redler, Libretto by Jerre Dye
October 14 - 16, 2022 at Herberger Theater Center
October 22 & 23, 2022 at Temple of Music and Art
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. LEARN MORE
Part of the McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Michael and Beth Kasser and The Richard C Stahl Charitable Trust.
Ariadne auf Naxos
Music by Richard Strauss, Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
December 2 - 4, 2022 at Herberger Theater Center
December 10 & 11, 2022 at Temple of Music and Art
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. LEARN MORE
Part of the McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Karen Wadman and Michael and Beth Kasser.
Music by Giacomo Puccini, Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
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. LEARN MORE
Part of the Arizona Opera Main Stage Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Marlys A. Beider, Barbara Molotsky, and the Tucson Desert Song Festival.
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
March 3 - 5, 2023 at Symphony Hall
March 11 & 12, 2023 at Linda Rondstat Music Hall
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. LEARN MORE
Part of the Arizona Opera Main Stage Series and the Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard Modern Masterworks Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Billie Jo Herberger, Rio Nuevo and Morton E. Munk.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.com
The Magic Flute
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
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. LEARN MORE
Part of the Arizona Opera Main Stage Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Marlys A. Beider.