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Tucson Opera League

Arizona Opera Tucson League

Founded in 1973, the Opera League of Tucson is Arizona Opera’s original volunteer and support organization. Serving the city from Oro Valley to Green Valley, Opera League members enjoy exclusive events from gourmet dining and cocktail socials, to special concerts and themed fundraisers. This year we are excited to announce our continued management of the Shopera at the Opera, our pre-show and intermission gift shop that showcases crafts and jewelry from some of Tucson’s finest local artisans. Be sure to pay us a visit at Tucson Music Hall – all proceeds go to benefit the magic you see on stage!

History & Board

40 years ago, James Sullivan, founder of the Tucson Opera Company, asked six local business women for their support of his infant company. In 1973, the Opera Dames were founded and quickly developed into a successful fundraising arm for the opera company. “Mi Casa Es Su Casa” or "my house is your house", proved to be the beginning of the Tucson Annual Home Tour, a tradition that lasted 39 years with incredible fundraising success. Other memorable events included “Bella Notte”, beautiful formal affairs, luncheons, teas, and rummage sales. The Dames did whatever was necessary to help support opera in Arizona, and their success saw membership numbers grow dramatically. In 1978, the opera company expanded into Phoenix and officially changed its name to the Arizona Opera. Ten years later, the “Dames” reinvented themselves as the Arizona Opera League, Tucson.

Arizona Opera Tucson League:

Ingrid Miller, President
Ann Hand, First Vice President
Soile Jones, Second Vice President
Laura Reilly, Secretary
Françoise Loubet, Treasurer

The Arizona Opera League - Tucson would like to thank the following individuals for their support:

Merchants: Beth Friedman, J. Gilbert, A. K. Jensen Apparel, Arte de la Vida, Campbell Spa & Nail, Felisha's Hair Salon, Jane, Hamilton Fine Arts, La Contessa Boutique, Limited Additions, Pear Tree House, Savvy Lady – Carlisle, North Star Pest & Weed, Doncaster, Connie Luciano LMT,CCST

Food and Restaurants: Alfonso Olive Oil, Café a la C'Art, Café Poca Cosa, Reforma & Union Public House, Tavolino Ristorante, Tumacookery, Agustin Kitchen, Downtown Kitchen, Flying Leap Vineyard

Entertainment: SAACA, True Concord, Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Artists: Karen Clarke, Karen Manciu, Merlin Cohen

Donors: Anne Snodgrass, Jamie Hilton, Jean Cooper, Judy Howarth, Leslie Miller, Rosemarie Deppisch, Evie Stefenson Marquart, Willa Karp

Sponsors: Jeannette Segel, Lud and Rosemarie Deppisch, Tony Eichorn

Holiday Luncheon – December 1st, Skyline Country Club

Come celebrate the season with a festive luncheon including entertainment and a chance to holiday shop at the league’s very own boutique, which helps to support the opera’s Shopera at the Opera.*

Green Valley Luncheon – February 12th, Lavenders Restaurant in Green Valley

This lunch is truly special and sells out each year. It is a lovely, romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

2017-18 Opera Feasts:

Sumptuous feasts each evoking the setting and ambiance of the operas they celebrate from the Arizona Opera’s 2017/18 season. These feasts are held in the intimacy of private homes and attended by 10 to 14 guests.  The host chef of each feast selects a special menu to complement the theme of the opera presented


November 4, 2017 (Foothills)

Hosts Evie and Ed Marquart

(12 seats are available for this dinner)

January 13, 2018 (Tucson)

Host Jean Cooper

(12 seats are available for this dinner)

Barber of Seville

February 17, 2018 (Green Valley)

Hosts Coppelia and Joseph Samaha
(10 seats are available for this dinner)

Das Rheingold

April 11, 2018 (Green Valley)

Hosts Tamara and Reg Kahrimanis, Mel Mounts, and Cheri Smith

(12 seats are available for this dinner)

Das Rheingold

April 7, 2018 (Tucson)

Hosts Ingrid Miller, Leo Belardinelli, and Jean Cooper

(10 seats are available for this dinner)

Click here to see the full list and more information on each Opera Feast

For more information regarding the league, or the events listed above, please email or call 520‐399‐8232

*Shopera at the Opera is one of the Tucson League's fundraising projects - a venue for southern Arizona artists to display and sell their creations to a wider audience while simultaneously benefitting the arts.

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