Arizona Opera to World Premiere Gregg Kallor’s ‘Frankenstein’

By David Salazar

Arizona Opera has announced that it will world premiere Gregg Kallor’s “Frankenstein” as part of the 2023-24 season.

Per a press release, Kallor’s opera represents the third commissioned work in Arizona Opera’s history.

“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,” President and General Director of Arizona Opera Joseph Specter said in an official press statement. “‘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 opera was recently presented in a workshop setting at OPERA America in September 2021. That workshop featured performances by baritone Ed Parks, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson-Cano, conductor Nicole Paiement, dramaturg Cori Ellison, and director Sarah Meyers. There will be a second workshop scheduled for December 2022 at the Arizona Opera Center.

Kallor first started work on “Frankenstein” in 2018, presenting three scenes as part of Death of Classical’s season at the Green-Wood Cemetery.