Bold. Brave. Brilliant.
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

The Sound of Music


Part of the Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard Modern Masterworks Series

Fall in love all over again with this timeless classic! A wonderful opportunity to bring the entire family to Arizona Opera and experience familiar favorites and beloved characters. This treasured musical is based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, and set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938. The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun.

Maria falls in love with the children, and eventually their widower father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. Captain von Trapp and Maria decide on a daring plan to flee Austria with the children, with everything at stake. Many songs from the musical have become family classics, including "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Do-Re-Mi," and the title song, "The Sound of Music."


The scenery, props, and costumes for this production of The Sound of Music are co-produced by Houston Grand Opera and The Glimmerglass Festival.
Original Production directed by Francesca Zambello
Original Production co-director & choreography by Eric Sean Fogel
Scenery designed by Peter Davison Costumes designed by Aleš Valášek
Original Production lighting design by Mark McCullough
Projected Titles Design by Kelley Rourke originally for The Glimmerglass Festival and adapted by Arizona Opera.
Sound Cue Design originally by Joel Morain for The Glimmerglass Festival and adapted by Arizona Opera.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.
Music and Lyrics for "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good" by Richard Rodgers.


PLEASE NOTE: This production contains language and symbols that some viewers may find disturbing, as well as strobe effects. Viewer discretion is advised.



Phoenix – March 3 - 5, 2023 – Symphony Hall
Tucson – March 11 & 12, 2023 – The Linda Ronstadt Music Hall

Performed in English with English and Spanish supertitles

Estimated Running Time: 2 hours and 54 minutes, with one intermission
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.


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