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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.
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.
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: