Arizona Opera Archives

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“Self-portrait: Distanced” by Roddy MacInnes is among the artworks included in the new “Socially Distanced” exhibition at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.   Arts events are back! If you’re curious about what’s going on in the local arts community, we’ve curated a list of what’s new and noteworthy this month, from season openings to new exhibits and upcoming shows. Madison Center for the Arts Offers Free Tickets to First Responders for First Broadway Show According to its mission statement, the Madison Center aims to...

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Many have described the pandemic as turning the world “upside down.” In response to COVID-19, some once indoor-only performance venues are turning inside-out – to the great outdoors. Herberger Theater Center On the east side of the Herberger Theater Center is its new outdoor stage, the Pavilion at the Herberger Theater Center, hosting performances now through April 2021. “We have heard from our guests that digital offerings are just not the same,” says Mark Mettes,...

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The season opener for Arizona Opera, Hercules vs. Vampires, demonstrates just how fine the line between highbrow and lowbrow can be. The mythological Greek hero Hercules ventures into the underworld to fetch a cure for a princess who, thanks to an evil king, has lost her memory. Sure... OK.

There’s nothing about this story that wouldn’t have been taken seriously by generations of grand opera composers. Indeed, it’s arguably a more straightforward narrative than that of many operas.

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