By Richard Schultz, October 2015 Issue.
According to dictionary.com, there are 18 definitions of the word classic.
From “of enduring interest, quality, or style” to “an article, as of clothing, unchanging in style” the common idea is something that’s timeless as well as essential.
Classical arts are both. But that does not change the fact that Arizona’s classical arts organizations are in the midst of redefining themselves to reach new audiences and develop new works.
By enduring the hardships of the economy of recent years, these organizations recognize the need to aspire toward new creative horizons to attract audiences and financial support.
In the meantime, the local opera, ballet and symphony invite you to be a part of their 2015-2016 seasons.
Arizona Opera | azopera.org
Tucson: Oct. 10-11
Phoenix: Oct. 16-18
As one of its “stories worth singing,” Arizona Opera becomes the first major U.S. opera house to premiere Emmerich Kálmán’s musical treasure. Written in 1953 as a love letter to the Southwest, the hopes and dreams of leading lady Lona Farrell ride on the back of one horse, “Arizona Lady,” winning the Kentucky Derby. Reminiscent of the greatest Golden-age Hollywood musical comedies, Arizona Lady is full of lively, upbeat music, cheerful, soaring arias and a wacky libretto, performed in German, English and Spanish with English supertitles.
Florencia en el Amazonas
Phoenix: Nov. 13-15 | Tucson: 21-22
Inspired by the magical realism of celebrated author Gabriel García Márquez, Florencia en el Amazonas is a journey through the physical and mystical worlds of love, desire and the mighty Amazon River. Florencia Grimaldi is travelling through the enchanted rainforest and hopes to find her long lost lover, a butterfly hunter who disappeared in the jungle many years ago. Wracked by storms and a cholera outbreak, she and her fellow passengers are drawn deeper into the Amazon where fantasy and reality intertwine and their hopes and dreams are tested.
Tucson: January 30-31 Phoenix: February 5-7
Carmen, the most famous Gypsy seductress in all of opera, ensnares countless men throughout Spain. When the dutiful soldier Don José falls prey to her charms, all hell breaks loose in this classic story of adoration and jealousy, pageantry and rage. Set against the backdrop of Spain during its Civil War, San Francisco Opera star mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack brings the fiery and fierce Carmen to life.
Phoenix: February 26-28 Tucson: March 5-6
Mozart’s Don Giovanni can’t resist women and women can’t resist him. With so many conquests, his servant, Leporello, can barely keep track of them all! Giovanni’s attention comes in the form of harassment and lies, and rages unchecked until the father of the beautiful Donna Anna arrives to put him in his place.
Phoenix: April 1-3
Tucson: April 9-10
Never before seen on the Arizona Opera stage, Verdi’s masterful interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic Elizabethan buffoon comes to life in this new production opening April Fool’s Day. Irascible, randy and boastful, John Falstaff concocts a scheme to seduce the wealthy Wives of Windsor and nab their riches. His plot quickly unravels in a series of elaborate pranks as the clever women enlist everyone to outwit the old rascal.