Arizona Opera Announces Updates for the 2023-24 Season Programming

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Shervin Lainez

Arizona Opera released new details of its expanded programs for the 2023-24 season.

Lawrence Brownlee in Recital” is scheduled for March 13 in partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival. The “Opera Outdoors” will take place at community venues such as Reid Park Zoo and the Temple of Music and Art, performed by the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artists with piano accompaniment.

For its education programs, Arizona Opera will add to the in-school touring program with performances of “Beauty and the Beast” and a new performance of “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.” Also, the company will now present daytime “Student Preview” performances of “The Barber of Seville” and “Roméo & Juliette.” There will be evening Student Preview performances of “Frankenstein” and “Don Giovanni.”

The 2023-24 season will see the debut of the New Works Festival in Phoenix, designed to highlight contemporary and unique selections from two new operas  – Armienta’s “Zorro” and Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Intimate Apparel.”  Countertenor John Holiday hosts the second Studio Cabaret. Opera for Lunch and the Opera Book Club continue on into the next season.