The Copper Queen Film
What brought them together across a century?
Arizona Opera’s 2021/22 Season will open with the McDougall RED Series film premiere of The Copper Queen. The production, originally slated to be performed in-theatre, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and then reimagined as the company’s first film project.
The Copper Queen Film features Arizona Opera’s first ever all-female director/conductor/designer team, helmed by Crystal Manich, and is being produced in association with Manley Films. It tells the dramatic story of Julia Lowell, a resident of The Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona in 1910, who was forced to live in captivity in service to the men of the town.
A century later, Addison Moore—a stranger to Bisbee—visits Room 315, the site of Julia’s tragic death, where her ghost now famously roams. This riveting tale—told across the generations—is one of human bondage, furtive romance, secret connections, and ultimately—redemption.
PLEASE NOTE: This film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing including scenes of a sexual nature, domestic violence, and prostitution. This film is only intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
Premieres October 2021
Performed in English with English supertitles
Estimated Running Time: one hour, 36 minutes
Part of the McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series. Lead underwriting provided by Matt and Ann Melsheimer. Production made possible, in part, through additional generous support from Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard, Roma Wittcoff, the Carol Franc Buck Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Michael and Beth Kasser, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Drs. Stephen and Barbara Munk, Charles and Jennifer Sands, Ron and Kay McDougall, Colonel (Ret.) Kimberly Smith, Dr. Judith G. Wolf, and members of the Arizona Spark Commissioning Club.
The all-female conductor-director-designer team of The Copper Queen Film is generously supported by a consortium of donors, led by Susan Esco Chandler, Milo and Kim Kauffman, and Linda Hirshman.
Manley Films - Official Film Production Sponsor of Arizona Opera