Arizona Opera, now in its 43rd season, is our state’s only professional opera company that produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that reach over 70,000 school-children and adults annually.
Since its inception, Arizona Opera has produced over 180 fully-staged operas and concerts. The company’s artistic history is rich with a blend of opera’s traditional repertoire featuring baroque, bel canto, and verismo works, turn-of-the-century masterpieces, operettas, and American operas. Arizona Opera has also presented Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle twice, a feat that has been accomplished in North America by only five other companies.
The company has featured performances by some of opera’s finest artists, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joyce DiDonato, José Carreras, Samuel Ramey, Jerry Hadley, Denyce Graves, Stephanie Blythe, Greer Grimsley, Gordon Hawkins, Christine Brewer, and Dolora Zajick. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is among only a handful of companies in the United States that still regularly performs in more than one city.
Arizona Opera elevates the transformative power of storytelling through music—cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.