Arizona Opera to Present Gregg Kallor’s ‘Frankenstein’

By Francisco Salazar

The Arizona Opera is set to present the world premiere of Gregg Kallor’s new opera “Frankenstein.”

The opera, which opens on Oct. 13, 2023, will run through Oct. 22 and will mark Arizona Opera’s third world premiere, following the successes of “Riders of the Purple Sage” and “The Copper Queen Film.”

In a statement, Kallor said, “What drives my creation of this opera about a living being that is shunned and vilified for its ‘otherness’ is Shelley’s exquisitely wrought plea to look deeper within ourselves to find our commonality, and to uphold our responsibility to one another.”

President and General Director of Arizona Opera, Joseph Specter, added, “The timelessness of Shelley’s novel, combined with Gregg’s compelling score and libretto, will create an impactful opportunity for the opera art form to connect with both long-time devotees and newcomers alike. Frankenstein is a story that is as meaningful now as it was when it was published in 1818, and we believe this opera will become an important addition to the contemporary operatic canon.”

The production is set to star Edward Parks and Terrence Chin-Loy and will be conducted by Clinton Smith. Sarah Ina Meyers directs.

Frankenstein” is part of the McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series.