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Arizona Opera League of Tucson

Founded in 1973, the Arizona 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 of Tucson

Arizona Opera Tucson League:

Ingrid Miller, President
Ann Hand, First Vice President
Cheri Smith, Second Vice President
Laura Reilly, Secretary
Françoise Loubet, Treasurer

Kay Markham, Corresponding Secretary

The Arizona Opera League of 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

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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