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Announcing Arizona Opera’s Spectacular 2018/19 Season

Welcome to a new era of artistic vibrancy, and to the new Arizona Opera.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, Arizona Opera is enhancing its programming to present an even more exciting opera season, complete with a blend of breathtaking productions of classic operas and compelling new works that are adventurous, theatrical, and that inspire curiosity among audiences new to the art form.

Our new fall series, entitled The McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series – symbolizing the passion and heart of opera – will be presented in more intimate venues: the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix and The Temple of Music and Art in Tucson. These new venues will provide audiences with an opportunity to experience our art form in an incredibly visceral way, with storytelling that will resonate with the vibrancy of the year-round community that Arizona Opera serves.

Our winter/spring Arizona Opera Main Stage Series will feature two big and beloved works from the classic repertoire along with a captivating and powerful Modern Masterwork each year, all supported by international caliber casts and beautiful productions. The Main Stage Series will provide the grand opera experience embraced by so many and will be presented in Arizona Opera’s traditional venues – Phoenix Symphony Hall and Tucson Music Hall.

We hope that you’ll join us for all of our productions in the 2018/19 Season.

Here is the 2018/19 Season at a glance:

Arizona Opera RED

Arizona Opera REDMaria de Buenos Aires
Sept/Oct 2018

Astor Piazzolla, Composer
Horacio Ferrer, Librettist

Give your life to the music

Created by the great tango master, Astor Piazzolla, this masterpiece of contemporary opera comes to life in a surreal, seductive, and compelling story. Born “on a day when God was drunk,” Maria is driven by a wild passion for freedom — embodying tango in the midst of the alluring and dangerous underbelly of Buenos Aires. The ill-fated Maria comes to life through Piazzolla’s irresistible nuevo tango and the provocative poetry of Horacio Ferrer.

Charlie Parker’s YardbirdCharlie Parker’s Yardbird
Nov 2018

Daniel Schnyder, Composer 
Bridgette A. Wimberly, Librettist

I know why the caged bird sings

Daniel Schnyder and Bridgette Wimberly’s jazz-influenced opera tells the story of the great American saxophonist, Charlie Parker, as he searches for redemption from his personal demons through the power of music. As he straddles the line between life and death, Parker must come to grips with his impact on the lives of those he left behind, including trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, his mother, and his four wives.


Arizona Opera Main Stage Series

La Traviata
Jan/Feb 2019

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer 
Francesco Maria Piave, Librettist

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

Verdi’s powerful and passionate masterpiece, La Traviata, has entertained countless audiences as one of the best known and loved operas of all time. Violetta Valéry, a courtesan, and the man who falls madly in love with her, Alfredo Germont, ignite a passionate love affair as they seek to escape the realities of family station and life-threatening illness. Can they survive as the world threatens to tear them apart?

Silent Night
March 2019

Marlu Allan And Scott Stallard Modern Masterworks Series

Kevin Puts, Composer 
Mark Campbell, Librettist

All is calm, all is bright

Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night, is a gripping retelling of the real-life World War I Christmas Eve truce among enemy combatants in 1914. When soldiers from Germany, Scotland, and France find themselves on the front line, personal lives collide with the horrors of war, and each side must reconcile their role as adversaries with the compassionate spirit of the season.

The Marriage of Figaro
April 2019

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer 
Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist

Love is a battlefield

Mozart’s comic tale of wit and mistaken identity comes brilliantly to life in The Marriage of Figaro. In a country estate outside Seville, the valet Figaro plans for his wedding to the maid, Susanna. When he discovers that his employer, the philandering Count Almaviva, plans to seduce his bride, Figaro vows to outwit his master. Mistaken identities, desire, and infidelity all play a role in determining whether love conquers all.

Tickets go on sale January, 2018 at