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“Everything comes together in a satisfying theatrical and musical bundle.”

– Arizona Republic

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Each of us has a voice. We use our voice daily as a source of primary communication, and whether or not you consciously study how you use your voice, you are an expert on your own instrument. Your family and friends immediately hear the cadence and emotion of your voice—at work or home, in public and private settings, over

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the phone or in person—and you become adept at telling stories that matter to you. We share stories to connect us to the past, to form bonds with each other, to acknowledge that we are not alone, and to create shared hope for a brighter future. The heart of Arizona Opera’s mission is to find stories that matter, stories that will help

Eugene Onegin

connect us to people in communities across our state and beyond. We give everything we have to bring these stories to life through the power of music and the human voice. We are excited when we find ourselves in these stories and in these songs—we are even more gratified when you do too! At Arizona Opera, we tell stories worth singing. This season, we offer five amazing

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stories in six languages. These carefully chosen stories resound with our purpose as a company, and we hope our voices resonate with you.

Ryan Taylor General Director, Arizona Opera

The Daughter of the Regiment


w w w . a z o p e r a . o r g Production images courtesy of Houston Grand Opera Felix Sanchez

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To Cross the Face of the Moon

“A stunning and emotional work.”

A Mariachi Opera with

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

– Houston Chronicle

Music by

Jose “Pepe” Martinez, Mariachi Vargas Music Director Book & Lyrics by

CAST

Leonard Foglia

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n electrifying season

Phoenix S ymp h o n y H a ll

opens as Arizona Opera brings the world’s first

mariachi opera to the stage. Cruzar la Cara de la Luna has become a

Octavio Moreno Laurentino

blending the passion and artistry of mariachi with the emotionally immigrant family. Commissioned

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Brian Shircliffe Mark

in celebration of the anniversaries

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of Mexican Independence and Revolution, Cruzar la Cara de la

Tucson M u s i c H a ll

Luna features the legendary Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and promises to be an unforgettable night of raw

Cecilia Duarte Renata

energy, drama and virtuosity.

Oct

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Sung in Spanish and English with English Supertitles An HGOco Production of Houston Grand Opera Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera Premiered at Houston Grand Opera in Sept., 2010

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smash sensation around the globe,

touching story of a Mexican

Oct

Brittany Wheeler Diana

2:00 pm

Artists and schedule subject to change.


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Courtesy of Utah Opera / Kent Miles Photography

“The evening’s best singing came from the coloratura fireworks of petite, raven-haired soprano Anna Christy” - Chicago Sun Times

Rigoletto By Giuseppe Verdi Conductor

Dean Williamson Stage Director

Fenlon Lamb

Phoenix S ymp h o n y H a ll

Nov CAST

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court jester isn’t quite so funny when he has revenge on his mind.

With unforgettable arias that are

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Michael Corvino Rigoletto

synonymous with Italian Opera and a dramatic, twisting plot,

2:00 pm

Rigoletto features dark assassins,

Tucson M u s i c H a ll

a philandering Duke and the selfsacrificing Gilda. This lush production set in 16th century Mantua features

Anna Christy Gilda

baritone Michael Corvino as Rigoletto, who “brings a robust voice

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and disarming vulnerability to the role.” – The New York Times. Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

Nov

Jason Slayden Duke

2:00 pm

Artists and schedule subject to change.


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Courtesy of Des Moines Metro Opera

Eugene Onegin By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor

Steven White Stage Director

Tara Faircloth

“Moore looks the part, with a handsome baritone to match.” – Opera News

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rom Pushkin’s classic poem

Tucson M u s i c H a ll

Jan

31

CAST

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Feb

comes Tchaikovsky’s theatrical

1

magnum opus. Onegin is a

man egotistical enough to turn his back on love and a gun on his best friend. Set in St. Petersburg and the

2:00 pm

David Adam Moore Onegin

snowy Russian countryside, this new

Feb

production features David Adam Moore in the title role, whose gritty interpretation is both riveting and terrifying. Tchaikovsky’s intense score thrills with glorious melodies and rich

Corinne Winters Tatiana

orchestration, making this the must-

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7:30 pm

see event of the season. Sung in Russian with English Supertitles Opening weekend presented in partnership with Tucson Desert Song Festival.

Phoenix S ymp h o n y H a ll

Zach Borichevsky Lenski

2:00 pm

Artists and schedule subject to change.


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Production images: Tim Fuller

The Magic Flute By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor

Scott Terrell Stage Director

Daniel Rigazzi

“Layered with visual allegory and sublime lyricism, it awakens our visual and aural senses.”

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CAST Phoenix S ymp h o n y H a ll

Feb

David Margulis Tamino

ull of charming, magical melodies and fantastic creatures, Mozart’s beloved

adventure to rescue Princess Pamina.

Mar

Chad Sloan Papageno

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As they face unexpected trials

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and challenges on their journey,

Tucson M u s i c H a ll

audiences will delight as the genius and imagination of the composer unfolds before their eyes.

Lindsay Russell Queen of the Night

Mozart’s final masterpiece is a lighthearted but profound look at man’s

Mar

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7:30 pm

search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom. Sung in German with English Supertitles

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

tale follows Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno on an

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Nicholas Masters Sarastro

2:00 pm

Artists and schedule subject to change.


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Courtesy of Fort Worth Opera 2013 © Ellen Appel

The Daughter of the Regiment By Gaetano Donizetti Conductor

Keitaro Harada Stage Director

John de los Santos

“Biller’s voice was light, sweet, and gorgeous; the variety of expression perfectly matched the flightiness of her character.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

CAST

Phoenix S ymp h o n y H a ll

Apr

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his bright, sparkling comedy follows Marie, a feisty young girl raised by a

7:30 pm

Susannah Biller Marie

regiment of French soldiers high in the Alps. Singing exhilarating arias

2:00 pm

peppered with astonishing high notes

Tucson M u s i c H a ll

and outrageous fun, Marie rappels between her patriotic loyalty to her “dear brothers” and the expectations

David Portillo Tonio

of “polite” society.” Coloratura soprano Susannah Biller stars in the

18 19 7:30 pm

title role for Donizetti’s whimsical and hilarious romp. Sung in French with English Supertitles

Apr

Stefano de Peppo Sulpice

2:00 pm

Artists and schedule subject to change.


Season Tickets to the Opera

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