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Arizona Opera Premiere of “Arizona Lady”
October 10, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - October 18, 2015 @ 11:00 pm MST
Arizona Opera opens its 2015/16 Season as the first U.S. opera company to present the comic operetta Arizona Lady. The story revolves around leading lady Lona Farrell, whose hopes and dreams ride on the back of one horse, “Arizona Lady”, winning the Kentucky Derby. Set on a historic ranch in Tucson and reminiscent of the greatest Golden-age Hollywood musical comedies, Arizona Lady is full of lively, upbeat music, cheerful, soaring arias and a wacky libretto, sure to make you smile as bright as the Arizona sun.
Arizona Lady is an operetta by Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán who fled Europe to escape Nazi persecution. In 1953, he wrote Arizona Lady as a love letter to the Southwest where he had sought refuge. Kálmán was one of numerous composers who escaped Europe and moved to the United States. Many of these composers landed in Hollywood where they began composing for the movie studios. Arizona Lady harks back to those classic films with grand scenery, screwball comedy and the big Hollywood sound we think of today.
Arizona Opera will be the first major U.S. opera house to perform Arizona Lady. The piece has recently received international attention as the Komische Oper Berlin presented a new production in December 2014.
Arizona Lady’s cast is led by Angela Fout (Lona Farrell) whose “soaring spinto voice takes a high C easily, trills beautifully, and handles coloratura like a dream” (Post and Courier). Robert Orth, beloved by Arizona Opera audiences in 2013’s H.M.S. Pinafore, returns as Sheriff Harry Sullivan and Octavio Moreno, who starred in last season’s smash mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, takes the role of rancher Lopez Ibañez.
Conductor Kathleen Kelly and Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto “Tito” Rios have created a brand new English, German and Spanish translation of the libretto, which was originally written by Alfred Grünwald and Gustav Beer.
Tickets for Arizona Lady start at $25 and go on sale August 23. Tickets will also be available at azopera.org or by calling 602.266.7464 (Phoenix) or 520.293.4336 (Tucson). Tickets will also be on sale at the Arizona Opera Center Box Office at 1636 N. Central Ave., Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Music by Emmerich Kálmán
New English/German/Spanish translation by Kathleen Kelly and Alberto “Tito” Rios
Original libretto by Alfred Grünwald and Gustave Beer
Tucson Performance Information
October 10, 7:30 p.m.
October 11, 2 p.m.
Tucson Music Hall
260 S. Church St., Tucson
Phoenix Performance Information
October 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m.
October 18, 2 p.m.
75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix