Sunday, October 4, 2015
Friday evening I had a wonderful opportunity to tour the brand new home of the Arizona Opera Company and to hear about their upcoming U. S. premiere of the Opera "Arizona Lady". Above is a view of the rehearsal hall with the cast below.
I am attending this opera later this month so I didn't stay for the whole rehearsal but I did stay long enough to snap a few photos.
As you can see from the photos, this opera has a decidedly Western theme in spite of the fact that it was composed by Austria-Hungarian born Emmerich Kalman. During WW11, Kalman resided in the United States and spent a lot of time watching Westerns and Western films. He wrote this opera as a love letter to his new home in the Southwest. The Arizona Opera Company did quite a bit of work translating the opera from it's original German and preparing it for it's U. S. premiere.
Much of the work that was needed was done by the woman chosen to conduct the opera Kathleen Kelly, pictured above conducting during the rehearsal. It was fun spending an evening with such amazingly talented people and learning about the work that goes into staging an opera that hasn't been presented to an audience in many, many years. I can hardly wait to see it on stage.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. Take a look at the treasures inside the Getty Villa.