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Arizona Bold

Arizona Bold

Arizona Opera elevates the transformative power of storytelling through music—cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.

Arizona Bold, our new community-based artistic initiative, seeks to bring new and exciting stories to Arizona, featuring relevant and intimately familiar tales to our statewide audience. Arizona Bold represents a new frontier for Arizona Opera—presenting thrilling classic productions alongside challenging and innovative programming. With Arizona Bold, we launch a corresponding 4-year $5 Million-dollar Capital Campaign to support these works.

Support Arizona Bold

To support Arizona Bold, please Donate Online and choose Arizona Bold as your designation. If you have any questions please contact Director of Development, Ashley Parks at  602.218.7337 or aparks@azopera.org.

Current Projects

Riders of Purple Sage Riders of the Purple Sage by Craig Bohmler and Steven Mark Kohn. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Zane Grey, Riders will be the first world premiere produced by Arizona Opera and the first Western Opera written by an American living in the Western United States. With scenic design by world-renowned artist Ed Mell, the operatic retelling examines the century-old debates surrounding gun control, women’s rights and fundamentalism while focusing on the developing romance of two couples, and the remarkable faith of our heroine, Jane Withersteen.
Rusalka Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák is an Arizona Opera premiere. When the water nymph Rusalka wants to be a part of our world, she sacrifices everything for the chance at true love. You think you know the story of this little mermaid, but the fairytale doesn't break the surface. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's original story, Rusalka features dark forests, woodland sprites, and the glorious aria, "Song To The Moon."



Cruzar Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) by José “Pepe” Martínez and Leonard Foglia, is the world’s first mariachi opera. The renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (headed by Sr. Martínez), is known as the World’s Best Mariachi and can be heard on more than 800 recordings. Created by Houston Grand Opera in 2012, the opera is a bi-lingual work that follows three generations of a single family, spanning countries, cultures and customs.
Onegin Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, is an exceptional story of the pursuit of love set against the class struggle in Russia in the early 1820’s. The opera once enjoyed great popularity in the United States, especially following the 1999 film starring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler. This past season, the Metropolitan Opera rekindled public interest in the piece by opening their season with a new production featuring Anna Netrebko and Marius Kwiecien.
AZ lady Arizona Lady by Emmerich Kálmán—a Jewish Hungarian composer who fled WWII to the southwestern United States. This comic operetta follows a European settler who emigrates to the U.S., purchases the fictitious Sunshine Ranch in Tucson, and raises a horse who eventually wins the Kentucky Derby. With music that evokes the greatest golden-age Hollywood film scores, Arizona Opera will be the first major opera house in the U.S. to present this work.
FLorencia Florencia en el Amazonas by the late Mexican composer Daniel Catán. Set on a steamboat sailing down the Amazon River, the opera contains elements of magical realism in the style of Gabriel García Márquez and uses a libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Premiered in 1996, Florencia was the first Spanish-language opera to be commissioned by a major United States opera house.

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