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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. 

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the world's most famous operas—but how well do you really know this 18th-century masterpiece?  Here are some fast facts to impress at your next dinner party. 

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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!

Carmen was considered a complete disaster when it premiered in 1875 at Paris’ popular theatre, the Opéra Comique. Audiences were shocked at what composer Bizet and librettists Meilhac and Halévy put on the stage. They even went so far as to petition the theater to not let anyone under the age of 18 into the hall. In their eyes, Carmen was an affront to society. 

Carmen is one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas in the world, and even if you've never set foot in an opera house, you probably already know the big tunes. Here are ten things that you may not know about this opera:

“I need this wild life, this freedom.” –Zane Grey

In 2017, Arizona Opera will feature the world premiere of an adaption of Zane Grey’s classic Western novel Riders of the Purple Sage. Before the production comes to the stage, however, the creative team behind the adaption took a trip in the shoes of Riders author Zane Grey.

Sandra Lopez, who sings the role of Florencia in Florencia en el Amazonas, tells us about her dream roles and how she gets into character!

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Luis Orozco sings Riolobo in Arizona Opera's production of Florencia en el Amazonas. Below, find out how Luis gets into character, his favorite parts of Florencia en el Amazonas and more!

When European explorers came to the New World, they encountered a land of magic. When compared to temperate Western Europe, the Amazon had a spirit and mind of its own that defied their conquest. If an explorer exposed a chair, a trunk, a gun or his own body to the elements, for even a short amount of time, the forest would claim it as its own. Everything Europeans brought across oceans soon belonged to the Amazon.

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