Arizona Opera Center Grand Opening
(Courtesy of Arizona Opera)
This weekend (October 4th & 5th), Arizona Opera will proudly celebrate the grand opening of its brand new, state of the art Opera Center that would make many an opera company envious. It is located on Central Avenue and McDowell, right across from the Phoenix Art Museum in the heart of Phoenix’ cultural center.
With Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony also performing at the same venue on 2nd St. in downtown Phoenix, things were a bit crowded at Symphony Hall and the planning of rehearsals for the three companies was causing a lot of headaches. In 2010, under then Artistic Director Scott Altman’s tenure, the project of building a new facility for rehearsals, administrative staff, construction of sets, costumes, and wigs was launched and completed last Spring. It also includes a 280-seat Black Box Theater, a voice studio, and a viewing gallery for the public who wish to attend rehearsals. The 28,000-square foot building was designed by Phoenix based Motley Design Group LLC, the General Contractor was Brignall Construction, for a total cost of $8.5 million. A 2006 bond initiative from the City of Phoenix provided $3.2 million to convert the former Walsh Bros. furniture building into an opera center. The rest of the funding came from the company’s board of trustees and from corporate and community philanthropists.
For more information on this all-age event please visit: Arizona Opera Center Grand Opening
As Arizona Opera welcomes Ryan Taylor as its new General Director, the 2013-2014 season will kick off on October 11th with Gilbert and Sullivan’s maritime blockbuster H.M.S. Pinafore, followed by Der fliegende Holländer, La bohème, La traviata, and Don Pasquale.