We tell stories worth singing


Florence, Italy, 1598

As the chandeliers are lit for the evening’s performance, a group of musicians, poets, and thinkers—called the Florentine Camerata—enters a small room to conduct an experiment. The experiment is simple: What happens when music and drama collide?

Classical Arizona PBS stopped by our Falstaff dress rehearsal to record the performance for a later broadcast date, and snapped a few great photos along the way! Check out their point of view below.


Giuseppe Verdi loved Shakespeare. Although he never learned English, Verdi— through Italian translation—found a kindred spirit in the English Bard. After all, despite living centuries apart, each man contributed to their respective art forms in comparable ways.

Alyssa Martin is a first year artist in the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio and will return in the 2016/17 Season.



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Audiences in Prague loved Mozart in the 1780s. Across the city, tunes from The Marriage of Figaro were arranged as dances for the most glamorous balls, arias were sung on every street corner, and the opera was a constant topic of conversation. So it was no shock that when Mozart left Prague after visiting the city in 1787, he had a commission for a new opera. He was instructed to reunite with his librettist from The Marriage of Figaro, Lorenzo Da Ponte, and create another sparkling comedy that would delight audiences all over Europe: Don Giovanni.


We sit down with Baritone Morgan Smith, who stars as Don Giovanni in the Arizona Opera production of Mozart’s famous opera. 

¤ The full title of Don Giovanni is actually Don Giovanni, or the Rake Punished.

¤ The story of Don Giovanni had been in circulation since the middle ages, and was first published as Don Juan in Spain in the 17th century as a morality tale.

¤ Don Giovanni is the first opera to use a trombone.

¤ Don Giovanni was scheduled to premiere in Prague on October 15, 1787, but had to be pushed back to October 29.

Adam Diegel is singing the part of Don José in Carmen. Check out his first opera experience, his advice for first-time opera-goers and more below!

Learn about mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, who sings the title role in Carmen!



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