Arizona Opera Announces 2019 / 2020 Season

The Two Gay Geeks received an email form Arizona Opera officially announcing the 2019 / 2020 Season and is it exciting.

Below we have put together our own press release from items in the email and elsewhere.

We spoke with Joe Specter for our podcast epsidoe 205 that will release on Monday January 21st. Be sure to check out what Arizona Opera has in store for the rest of this season as well as his (and ours) excitement over the new season. There is also a very special announcement at the end of the podcast so, tune in.

Arizona Opera 2019 / 2020 Season

“The 2019/20 Season has been created with great care in the spirit of Arizona Opera’s ongoing commitment to captivate audiences both familiar and new to opera, and to serve our state as fully as possible with this remarkable and powerful art form.” Joe Specter, President and General Director, Arizona Opera.

Shining Brow
Daron Hagen, Composer / Paul Muldoon, Librettist

Phoenix: September 27 – 29, 2019 / Tucson: October 5 & 6, 2019

World Premiere of the Taliesin West Version
From 1903 to 1914, the early life of visionary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was anything but conventional.


Fellow Travelers

Gregory Spears, Composer / Greg Pierce, Librettist

Phoenix: November 8 – 10, 2019 / Tucson: November 16 & 17, 2019

A chance encounter between an ambitious college graduate and a handsome US State Department official draws the pair into a maelstrom of passion and deceit during the McCarthy-era Lavender Scare.


La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini, Composer / Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa, Librettists

Phoenix: January 24 – 26, 2020 / Tucson: February 1 & 2, 2020

The passion and struggle of Rodolfo, Mimì, and their fellow bohemians come to life in Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, one of opera’s most popular and engaging stories.


Riders of the Purple Sage

Craig Bohmler, Composer / Steven Mark Kohn, Librettist

Phoenix: February 28 & 29, March 1, 2020 / Tucson: March 7 & 8, 2020

Making its hugely-anticipated return, Riders of the Purple Sage tells a powerful story of strength and redemption through love, loss, conflict and adventure across breathtaking Southwest vistas that are brought magnificently to life by world-renowned Arizona artist, Ed Mell.


Ariadne auf Naxos / comedy becomes divine

Richard Strauss, Composer / Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Librettist

Phoenix: April 3 – 5, 2020 / Tucson: April 11 & 12, 2020

Full of delight and comedic misadventures, Ariadne auf Naxos delivers a deliciously theatrical mix of humor and exceptionally beautiful music, bringing surprise and delight at every possible turn.


Season Tickets Available

Arizona Opera’s 2019/20 Season offers two distinct operatic experiences: from more intimate, powerful, theatrical performances of new works, to beloved traditional and large format modern masterpieces.

Shining Brow and Fellow Travelers
La Bohème, Riders of the Purple Sage, andAriadne auf Naxos


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