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Main Stage Series - Phoenix

Symphony Hall : Fri 1/22/21 7:30PM - Sun 4/4/21 2:00PM

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Main Stage Series - Phoenix

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Carmen Friday, January 22, 2021 7:30PM - Sunday, January 24, 2021 2:00PM   ·   More Info »
Carmen

The ultimate diva, the gypsy Carmen can ignite men’s desires and fill their hearts with passion at a single glance. When Don José, a naïve soldier fighting in the Spanish Civil War, gets caught in her web, jealousy rages and anarchy reigns supreme. The thrilling score by French composer Georges Bizet includes some of the most popular and recognizable music in all of opera, including Habanera and The Toreadors Song. Stage Director Stephanie Havey says of this beloved masterpiece: “Carmen juxtaposes the I of civilization and the mysterious forces of primitive desires. Carmen glorifies freedom above all else, challenging the norms that govern hearts and minds. I am looking forward to the challenge of bringing this iconic opera and its disruptive heroine to life.” From its lighthearted beginnings to its tragic and destined climax, Carmen is not to be missed.

Do so at your peril.

Appropriate for ages High School and Up



A Streetcar Named Desire Friday, February 26, 2021 7:30PM - Sunday, February 28, 2021 2:00PM   ·   More Info »
A Streetcar Named Desire

Set in New Orleans in the late 1940’s, A Streetcar Named Desire spins a tightening web around three classic characters: Blanche DuBois, a troubled former schoolteacher, her sister, Stella, and Stella’s husband, Stanley. When Blanche leaves her home in a small Mississippi town to move in with the couple, her insecurity, indiscrete sexual behavior, drinking, and the terror of losing her fading Southern belle beauty, creates a cataclysmic scenario that threatens to destroy everyone in its path. Arizona Opera’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire is to be directed by one of opera’s preeminent singing actresses of all time, Patricia Racette. Ms. Racette’s evolving career over three decades has expanded in recent years to broader arenas as both stage director and master teacher. Commented Ms. Racette: “I am thrilled to make my Arizona Opera debut in the creation and direction of this new production of Streetcar. As both a participant and proponent of telling our stories, I find it especially fitting that this important piece of American music theater is being mounted by a rising leader in the production of American opera.”

Appropriate for ages Middle School and Up



The Elixir of Love Friday, April 2, 2021 7:30PM - Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Elixir of Love

Is it a truly magic brew, or just a bottle of snake oil? Our hero, Nemorino, loves the wealthy Adina, but she is smitten with someone else. Can Dr. Dulcamara’s mysterious potion really make Adina fall in love with Nemorino within a day? The Elixir of Love is a delightful blend of young love, endearing characters and exhilarating music. It’s the perfect way to end an opera season on a truly high note. José Luis Gomez, the Music Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, makes his Arizona Opera debut at the podium with this production. Mr. Gomez commented: “While much of my work is certainly focused on works from the symphonic canon, opera is a form very dear to my heart. I am very much looking forward to leading Arizona Opera’s musical forces with this timeless classic from the Italian repertoire.”

Appropriate for all ages