The challenge donation came as Arizona Opera was about to open the season finale of “Don Pasquale” in Phoenix; the production was mounted first in Tucson, above, in early April.

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Arizona Opera raised $500,000 in donations since May 1, matching a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor as part of its second Million Dollar May blitz campaign.

The money raised should effectively erase the company’s outstanding debt and put a few bucks in its bank account, Arizona Opera’s General Director Ryan Taylor has said.

In a written release, Arizona Opera reported it received contributions from people in all 50 United States and the District of Columbia, as well as contributions from Japan, Canada and Austria. The campaign was supported by 100 percent of the company's Board of Directors and staff; members of the orchestra and chorus also contributed, according to a written release.

"It has been absolutely overwhelming to receive support from all over the world; artists, patrons, friends, family - all people who care about our community and our art and want to see it thrive," Taylor in a written statement. "One of the most meaningful moments for me was receiving a $50 donation from a serviceman stationed in Japan, who gave a gift to 'support the people that make home worth fighting for’.”

In April, CopperPoint Mutual signed on as a multi-season Presenting Sponsor for Arizona Opera, which erased $1.6 million in accumulated deficit.

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