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Phoenix Community Events

Brown Bag OperaBrown Bag Opera Image

During the opera season, we host free, 30-minute lunchtime recitals each month at the Arizona Opera Center featuring the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artists. We invite you to step away from your desk and listen to world-class singing. You are welcome to bring your lunch, or try something new from one of our food truck or restaurant partners.

12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the Arizona Opera Center

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Coffee @ Kerr Coffee & Kerr Image

ASU’s Kerr Cultural Center is a beautiful venue for live music and learning. The Coffee @ Kerr series combines both of these elements, with preview of each Arizona Opera production. Each preview is designed to enhance your understanding of the music, themes, and history behind an upcoming performance, and is capped off by a musical selection sung by a main stage singer.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Kerr Cultural Center

September 18 – Shining Brow 

October 30 – Fellow Travelers

January 22 – La Bohème

February 19 – Riders of the Purple Sage

March 25 – Ariadne auf Naxos

Registration is required through the Kerr Cultural Center for these free events. Click the individual session listings above for more information.

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Opera Book ClubOpera Book Club

There is perhaps no better way to explore an opera than through the stories they are based on, or reading about the creators themselves. At Opera Book Club, we do just that!


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Opera & Gelato Film Festival Gelato Image

This collection of opera film screenings is the perfect way to get a summertime opera fix while escaping the Arizona heat. The screenings take place on select Sundays in June, July, and August, held in Arizona Opera’s Wittcoff Black Box Theater. To sweeten the deal, FROST Gelato is always available to purchase.

Summer 2020 Opera & Gelato screening dates will be announced in May.


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Special Events

Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona Photo Exhibit LaunchFrank Lloyd Wright

In performing an opera about famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Arizona Opera has formed a wonderful partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (FLWF) based in his Arizona home, Taliesin West. As part of this partnership, the curators at Taliesin West will install an exhibit in the Arizona Opera Center detailing Wright’s most significant work in Arizona.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibit, we invite you to a free First Friday event featuring FLWF President and CEO, Stuart Graff, who will talk about Wright’s life and lasting impact in Arizona. Be sure to arrive early for light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. , talk begins at 6:30 p.m.
Arizona Opera Center


The Lavender Scare, Then and NowThe Lavender Scare

The opera Fellow Travelers takes place in a dark time in American history known as the Lavender Scare, in which homosexual government employees were forced out of their jobs based on their sexuality. In partnership with One Community, The Herberger Theatre Center, and Arizona State University, Arizona Opera will host a panel discussion with LGBTQ leaders and historians about this critical time in our country’s history and how rights for the LGBTQ members of our community have evolved since then, as well as the challenges we are currently facing.

Monday, October 7, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center

Panelists include:

Linda Hirshman – Best-selling author of Sisters in Law and Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution

Angela Hughey – President, One Community & One Community Foundation

Madelaine Adelman – Professor, ASU School of Social Transformation


Art & AriasArt and Arias Image

A true feast for the senses, Art & Arias features music and visual art in the same engaging event. With performances by the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artists, this annual recital takes place in a new venue each season, each with its own art collection.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Full details to be announced soon!

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Pre-Show TalksPre and Post Show Talks Auditorium

Learn more about each opera immediately before the performance. These half-hour talks will enhance your opera experience with contextual information about many facets of the piece, beginning one hour before each performance in the auditorium.


Post-Show Talkbacks

Your chance to meet the performers and have your questions answered, in the auditorium immediately after each matinee performance.

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Valley Friends of the Arizona Opera

Want to share your love of opera with others? Be sure to check out the Valley Friends of Arizona Opera. The Valley Friends create wonderful events and opportunities for people to get together around opera, creating new friendships, and generating support for Arizona Opera.

Click here for more information about the Valley Friends of Arizona Opera.

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