Arizona Opera’s third world premiere, Frankenstein follows in the footsteps of Riders of the Purple Sage and The Copper Queen, the latter of which was released as Arizona Opera’s first film in 2021. As part of the development of Frankenstein, which will receive its official stage premiere in the 2023/24 Season, there will be an orchestral workshop of the piece with orchestra in December 2022. This will be the opera’s second workshop of the full work, following a successful first workshop in New York City at OPERA America in September 2021 with piano accompaniment.
“The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and our enforced physical isolation have brought into sharp focus our vital need to feel connected to each other and to be loved, and to uphold our responsibility to one another. The crushing absence of these essential elements are at the heart of the Creature’s tragic existence,” says Gregg Kallor, the composer and librettist of Frankenstein. He continues, “Frankenstein so beautifully and vividly captures this fundamental connection between, and responsibility toward, living beings and the world in which we live, and reminds us of the urgent need for empathy in our society.”
“The timelessness of Shelley’s novel, combined with Gregg’s compelling score and libretto, will create an impactful opportunity for the opera art form to connect with both long-time devotees and newcomers alike. Frankenstein is a story that is as meaningful now as it was when it was published in 1818, and we believe this opera will become an important addition to the contemporary operatic canon.” - Joseph Specter, President and General Director of Arizona Opera.
This commission is funded, in part, by a gift from Linda and Stuart Nelson.