Today, Arizona Opera proudly announced its 2022/23 Season. This season features an array of programs, ranging from beloved classics to new works. Of these, five in-theater productions hit the stage in Phoenix and Tucson. Beyond the stage, Arizona Opera will continue its Production Apprentice and Marion Roose Pullin Studio training programs. They also plan to welcome the return of in-person music education programs. The Opera offers established and newly developed community programs as part of the company’s NextGen Initiative. This initiative positively touches the lives of tens of thousands of people each year.
The company also announced its newest world premiere commission, Frankenstein. Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, and with score and libretto by Gregg Kallor, Frankenstein will be the company’s third world premiere.
Please note: The Opera unveils information about 2022/23 Season casting and creative early next month.
“Arizona Opera has continually evolved over the past two years through the pandemic, and while we are still navigating the trials of this chapter, we recognize that the world needs art now more than ever. We are committed to serving the needs of our community as fully as possible through our art form in spite of these historic challenges,” said Arizona Opera’s President and General Director, Joseph Specter. “We are deeply grateful for the dedication of our patrons and the leadership of our board and staff, which have allowed us the privilege to continue our work. In that spirit, Arizona Opera is thrilled to offer a 2022/23 Season that will serve Arizona with a mix of vibrant programming designed for our whole community, both on and off the stage.”
The 2022/23 Season will also rekindle the Connection Lab. The Opera initially created the program as a way for the community to stay connected during the pandemic. Virtual classes and conversations will unfold online through innovative video series. Including Arizona Opera’s UnMic’d, an opportunity to peek behind the curtain and enjoy conversations between opera professionals and professionals. Other Arizona Opera Connection Lab presentations include Behind-the Scenes: A Podcast!, and the video series LOUD! (Living Opera, Understanding Diversity).
“Through the challenges due to the impact of COVID-19, Arizona Opera has continued to not just survive, but thrive through all of our initiatives – from our first feature length film to virtual music education offerings to partnering with The Met for our Arizona Opera Film Festival. Arizona Opera will continue to offer multiple ways on multiple platforms to engage new and existing audiences,” said Dr. Stephen Munk, Board Chair of Arizona Opera.
The 2022/2023 Season Includes:
The McDougall RED Series
The Falling and the Rising
Music by Zach Redler | Libretto by Jerre Dye
Phoenix – October 14-16, 2022 – Herberger Theater Center
Tucson – October 22-23, 2022 – Temple of Music and Art
Ariadne auf Naxos
Composer: Richard Strauss | Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Phoenix – December 2-4, 2022 – Herberger Theater Center
Tucson – December 10-11, 2022 – Temple of Music and Art
Main Stage Series
Composer: Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Phoenix – January 20-22, 2023 – Symphony Hall
Tucson – January 28-29, 2023 – Tucson Music Hall
The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Phoenix – March 3-5, 2023 – Symphony Hall
The Magic Flute
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Phoenix – April 7-9, 2023 – Symphony Hall
Tucson – April 15-16, 2023 – Tucson Music Hall