Twenty years ago, Arizona Opera riveted our state with its acclaimed production of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. In celebration of this special anniversary, we conclude our 2017/18 Season with the first chapter of this masterwork inspired by Norse mythology, Das Rheingold. When the dwarf Alberich steals the magical gold of the Rhinemaidens, he unleashes a power struggle with Wotan, ruler of the gods, that will shake the very foundations of the world. Driven by dark, powerful melodies and motifs, Das Rheingold brings the gods to life in this electrifying production, featuring the Arizona Opera Orchestra on stage, with stunning scenic projections designed by Brian Staufenbiel. TCC | 260 S Church | Tickets & Times
Gioachino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece, The Barber of
Seville, is brought to vivid life at Arizona Opera. When the
handsome Count Almaviva falls in love with the beautiful
Rosina, he solicits Figaro, the town’s crafty barber, to help
win her favor and make a fool of her ridiculous guardian,
Dr. Bartolo. Audiences will delight in this plot, full of twists
and turns, mistaken identities, and the triumph of young love,
all wrapped up in Rossini’s unmistakably masterfull. TCC | 260 S Church | 7pm
An opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
It is based on the short story “Madame Butterfly” (1898) by John Luther Long, which in turn was based on stories told to Long by his sister Jennie Correll and on the semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti. via wiki TCC Music Hall | 260 S Church | Ticket info
Based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the Teatro di Praga with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Da Ponte’s libretto was billed, like many of its time, as dramma giocoso, a term that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements. TCC | 260 S Church | 7pm
Full of magical melodies and fantastic creatures, Mozart’s beloved tale follows Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno on an adventure to rescue Princess Pamina. As they face unexpected trials and challenges on their journey, audiences will marvel as the genius and imagination of the composer unfolds before their eyes.
Arizona Opera captivates audiences with a new and innovative production of The Magic Flute, created by Metropolitan Opera stage director, Daniel Rigazzi. Set inside the world of Tamino’s imagination, the scenic design is filled with allusions to dreams and the idea of nature vs science. Surrealist imagery, inspired by the paintings of Rene Magritte with a nod to Victorian era “Steampunk” style take the audience to an exciting place where imagination and reality blend together in Mozart’s masterpiece.