Bold. Brave. Brilliant.
Music by Clint Borzoni, Libretto by John de los Santos

The Copper Queen

What brought them together across a century?

In 1910, Bisbee, Arizona, was a bustling mining town where fortunes rose and fell with the desert sun.  At Bisbee’s heart was The Copper Queen Hotel, where Julia Lowell 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.  Was it destiny that ultimately brought these two women together across the generations?  Find out in this powerful tale of human bondage, furtive romance, secret connections, and ultimately – redemption.

Composer Clint Borzoni comments: “With a harrowing legend, complex characters, and a diverse score, The Copper Queen will be a unique and unforgettable theatrical experience led by two strong female roles.”  Librettist John de los Santos added: “This opera explores such a trapping through the journey of two brave women, one living, one deceased, and the spiritual upheaval that follows the convergence of their souls.”

Please note: This production contains adult themes and suggestive dialogue. Audience discretion is advised. Appropriate for Ages High School and Up


Performance Dates:

Phoenix – September 25-27, 2020 – Herberger Theater Center
Tucson – October 3-4, 2020 – Temple of Music and Art


Single tickets will go on sale this summer. Check back for updates.

Estimated Running Time: one hour, 50 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, Carol Franc Buck Foundation, Susan Esco Chandler, Milo and Kim Kauffman, Linda Hirshman, Michael and Beth Kasser, Charles and Jennifer Sands, Drs. Stephen and Barbara Munk, Arlyn J. Imberman, Ron and Kay McDougall, Colonel (Ret.) Kimberley Smith, Robert S. and Shoshana B. Tancer, Dr. Judith G. Wolf, and members of the Arizona Spark Commissioning Club.
The artistic and creative team of The Copper Queen is generously supported by a consortium of donors, led by Susan Esco Chandler, Milo and Kim Kauffman, and Linda Hirshman.