PHOENIX (Sept. 12, 2012) The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and Arizona Opera continue their partnership to present “Arizona Opera Up Close,” a series of five concerts offering an intimate operatic experience in the 300-seat MIM Music Theater during the 2012/2013 season beginning Sept. 30, 2012.
This diverse five concert series combines performances by established international opera stars and rising talent. The first three concerts in the series, including a holiday concert, will be performed by Arizona Opera’s four resident artists: Bevin Hill, Laura Wilde, David Margulis, and Thomas Cannon. The final two performances, “Bold & Bellisimo!” and “Double Entendre,” feature the dynamic international stars of the final two Arizona Opera season productions, “Il Trovatore” and “The Marriage of Figaro.” These concerts offer the unique opportunity to hear and see main-stage performers in this acoustically stunning venue.
“Arizona Opera has a long, rich history of bringing great opera to our state,” said Dr. Bill DeWalt, MIM’s president and director. “We look forward to showcasing these stunning performances in the MIM Music Theater.”
“Arizona Opera is pleased to expand its performance schedule in 2012 and 2013 through a partnership with MIM. We are excited to copresent some of opera’s finest voices and rising stars in a unique and acoustically stellar venue,” said Arizona Opera director Scott Altman.
The series opens Sunday, September 30, with “A Season Sampler” featuring Arizona Opera’s resident artists. This concert provides an intimate preview of the Opera’s upcoming season, “The Price of Passion,” with selections from each of the five season productions including “Roméo et Juliette” and “Tosca.” This performance also features exciting and popular musical theater hits—from Puccini and Porter to Rogers and Hammerstein, there is something for everyone. On Sunday, December 2, celebrate the holiday season with song at “HolidayFare.” Arizona Opera’s resident artists are sure to please with favorite classical and traditional Christmas and Hanukkah songs.
In “An Evening with Craig Bohmler and Friends” on Wednesday, January 9, composer and pianist Craig Bohmler makes his first appearance at MIM with Arizona Opera’s resident artists for an evening of this composer’s original works and musical inspirations. Time magazine called Bohmler “clever,” while The London Times says he’s “polished and snappy.” Don’t miss this very special performance. The three international stars of the “Il Trovatore” bring strength, beauty, and vocal prowess to MIM Music Theater on Thursday, March 14, in “Bold & Bellisimo!,” illuminating some of opera’s hits and personal favorites. The diverse mixtures of performers are some of the most prolific voices in opera today. Hear the voices of Michelle Capalbo, Indra Thomas, and Dongwon Shin soar in an intimate venue.
“Double Entendre” offers a rare opportunity to hear two lead casts (both Suzannas and both Figaros) from “The Marriage of Figaro,” as they share the spotlight on one stage for one night only on April 11. With accomplishments, debuts, and performances spanning the globe, this quartet of Daniel Okulitch, Jason Hardy, Sari Gruber, and Joélle Harvey will perform from their personal music influences and selections in a variety of genres. Accompanied by head of music, Allen Perriello on piano, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to see these performers sing their hearts out for you.
What: Arizona Opera Up Close Series
Where: Musical Instrument Museum’s MIM Music Theater
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101).
A Season Sampler, September 30, 2012
HolidayFare, December 2, 2012
An Evening with Craig Bohlmer and Friends, January 9, 2013
Bold & Bellisimo! March 14, 2013
Double Entendre, April 11, 2013
Tickets: To purchase tickets, call 480.478.6000 or visit the MIM Ticket Office in person or online at theMIM.org.
MIM enriches the world community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible high-quality musical instruments, images, and music from every country in the world. We celebrate our world’s diverse musical cultures and foster global understanding by offering our guests an incomparable interactive experience, a welcome and fun environment, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances.
About Arizona Opera
Arizona Opera is Arizona’s only professional opera company, which produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that reach over 70,000 schoolchildren and adults annually. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is the only opera company in the United States to serve multiple cities.
Erin Miller, Media Relations Specialist, MIM
Kate Crowley, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Arizona Opera