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New Works Festival

New Works Festival


Join us for our New Works Festival, taking place May 10-12, 2024 at the Arizona Opera Center—a vibrant, immersive experience highlighting selections from operas that are new to the canon. Be the first to preview these poignant works in Arizona, which may even be featured in a future Arizona Opera season.

Experience the swashbuckling action of Zorro, romance of Intimate Apparel, and heart wrenching story of The Copper Queen Film! The New Works Festival will delight audiences both new and familiar to the opera scene. Day passes include access to talk backs with the performers, panel discussions with invited guests, opera trivia, parties, and more!



Phoenix – May 10-12, 2024 – Arizona Opera Center

Part of the McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Ron and Kay McDougall, Carol Franc Buck Foundation, and Michael and Beth Kasser.


New Works Festival Schedule



Based on and inspired by the masked vigilante of pulp fiction fame, Zorro is a swashbuckling adventure opera. Set in Los Angeles when it was still a colony of Spain, this re-telling of the Zorro legend naturally follows Diego de la Vega, esteemed swordsman and Spanish nobleman, as he fights for the poor and enslaved. Filled with all the romance, swordplay, and humor that is a trademark of the Zorro universe.


Intimate ApparelIntimate Apparel

Set in turn of the century New York, Intimate Apparel tells the story of Esther, a lonely African American woman who works sewing beautiful corsets and ladies’ undergarments. Seeking love and romance, Esther enters a letter-writing relationship with a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal. When he moves to New York, they embark on an unhappy marriage, leading Esther to realize that only her self-reliance and certainty of her own worth will see her through life’s challenges.


The Copper Queen FilmThe Copper Queen Film

Still healing from her grandmother's death, Addison Moore finds herself checking into The Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona. Aware of the ghost stories and hauntings, Addison fearlessly elects to stay in Room 315, the location of the heartbroken Julia Lowell's death a century ago. But what draws Addison to Room 315? And why does she want to face Julia's ghost?

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.



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