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When I was a little kid, Hans Christen Andersen’s The Little Mermaid captured my imagination. I knew the now classic Disney film, but shortly after seeing the movie for the first time, I received a beautiful storybook filled with Andersen’s original tales. Inside were shocking stories and intense illustrations that did not end the same way as the Disney retelling. Inside Andersen’s world, the princess didn’t achieve a happily ever after. Dreams didn’t become reality, and sacrifices could be meaningless.
Melinda Whittington takes the stage as Rusalka (along with Sara Gartland) but first, we wanted to get to know this fantastic soprano.
It is an incredible honor to welcome you to the opening of Arizona Opera’s 45th Anniversary Season! As Arizona Opera’s new President and General Director, I am thrilled to join a company with a proud history of presenting great work on the stage, and a company that has increasingly become a leader in the national field in terms of its artistic vitality and devotion to serving our community.
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.
What is proper adult behavior? And what does the idea of "proper" mean in Verdi's Falstaff?
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.
We sit down with Baritone Morgan Smith, who stars as Don Giovanni in the Arizona Opera production of Mozart’s famous opera.