Eugene Onegin shoots Lensky after a dual, one of the tragedies in the opera.
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.
Craig Colclough in the title role of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” which Arizona Opera is mounting at Tucson Music Hall.
Mike Yarema, right, who plays stagehand Buquet and the mysterious Persian, finishes off his stage makeup backstage before performing during "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Gaslight Theatre.
Tenor David Portillo will present an all-Spanish language concert Saturday at DesertView Performing Arts Center.
Tenor David Margulis, seen here in the Arizona Opera production of “The Marriage of Figaro,” will be one of the singers performing on Tuesday.
Arizona Opera dropped "interim" from Ryan Taylor's title, making him general director.
Arizona Opera, born in Tucson 42 years ago, has consolidated its operations in Phoenix.
Michael Marks just graduated from high school and has won Arizona Opera Orchestra's principal bass seat.
Donors have stepped up, says Arizona Opera's Ryan Taylor.
Arizona Opera brings Verdi's "Il Trovatore" - the convoluted story of bitter rivalries, blood-soaked revenge, jealousy and turmoil - to the Tucson Music Hall this weekend.
"Il Trovatore," making its first Arizona Opera appearance in nearly 20 years, "is a 'big boy' opera. It has all the elements people think about when they come to opera," says director John Hoomes.
Adam Diegel, foreground, plays painter Mario Cavaradossi, and Jill Gardner is diva Floria Tosca in the Arizona Opera production of "Tosca."
Corinne Winters and Zach Borichevsky take over the lead roles today. The pair is a real-life couple, so perhaps there won't be an issue about chemistry.
Performance doesn't deliver emotional gut punch.
O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? In the voice of Brian Stucki in the Arizona Opera production.
Jennifer Black plays Juliet in Arizona Opera's "Roméo et Juliette." Corinne Winters also will sing the role in several performances.
Lisette Oropesa plays the title character in Arizona Opera's production of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," which involves a feud between two Scottish families. She made her Arizona debut in 2008 in Verdi's "Rigoletto."
Arizona Opera's 41st season, which included a new production of "Faust," is its second straight season ending in the black. It also raised two-thirds of its inaugural $7.4 million capital campaign during the 2011-12 season.
Arizona Opera staged "Madadama Butterfly" earlier this year. A refurbished store in Phoenix will be the company's new home early next year.
Genevieve Gutierrez wasn't expecting to walk out of Saturday's "Orfeo" proposal with a ring on her finger.
The proposal first flashed on the supertitle screen. Then David Gill got on bended knee to pop the question to Genevieve Gutierrez.
Mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner was terrific in the pants role of Orfeo Sunday afternoon.
Arizona Opera ending season with first-ever staging of Gluck work.
Gluck's opera comes to Arizona Opera for the first time in the company's 41-year history.
"Aida" is grand opera, and few spectacles can match the triumphal procession of Act 2.
Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak, left, sings the Suzuki role and
soprano Shu-Ying Li sings Cio-Cio-San in "Madama Butterfly."
Arizona Opera presents Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" Saturday and
Sunday. Joseph Rescigno conducts and it's directed by Kristine
Cio-Cio-San, sung by Shu-Ying Li, left, interacts with her
servant Suzuki, sung by Maria Zifchak.
Soprano Emily Pulley is Marguerite and bass-baritone Greer
Grimsley is Mephistopheles in "Faust."
Soprano Lori Phillips sings the role of Santuzza in "Cavalleria
Rusticana," Arizona Opera's season opener.
An Italian village, designed by Tucson's Sally Day, is the scene
for Arizona Opera's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci.
Joel Revzen conducted Mozart's "The Abduction From the Seraglio.
Sarah Callinan and Andrew Funk, in "The Abduction From the Seraglio."
Arizona Opera's "The Abduction From the Seraglio," will be presented in Tucson on Saturday and Sunday. It is the first time the state opera company has ventured into this early Mozart work. Written in 1781, when the composer was 25, it was his first big hit.
Allan Glassman sings the title role of Otello, and Jennifer Black is Desdemona, the love of his life.
Allan Glassman will perform the title role in all seven of Arizona Opera's "Otello" productions. This is unusual, as the lead roles are usually double-cast.
Barry Stein plays the emperor, Altoum, to Othalie Graham's Turandot in the Puccini opera.
Othalie Graham as the princess, Turandot, and Antonio Nagore as Calaf, the prince.
Jossie Pérez is Carmen in the 2 p.m. Sunday performance of the Arizona Opera production.
Beth Clayton,with tambourine, is Carmen in the 7:30 p.m. Saturday performance of Arizona Opera's production of Georges Bizet's masterpiece. The performance takes place in a center-stage bullring; onstage bullring-side seats are available.
Sensual soprano Sarah Jane McMahon had a few surprises in store for the operagoers, thanks to director David Ira Goldstein.
Sarah Jane McMahon is Mabel, Frederic's newfound love interest.
Brian Anderson, above, is pirate apprentice Frederic in Arizona Opera's production of "The Pirates of Penzance."
Elizabeth DeShong (Rosina) and Brian Stucki (Count of Almaviva) in Arizona Opera's production of "The Barber of Seville."
The cast of Arizona Opera performs "The Barber of Seville." The show received a solid review in its Phoenix appearance.
Rhoslyn Jones as Musetta and Jason Budd as Alcindoro in Arizona Opera's "La Boheme." Jones, playing opposite Elaine Alvarez, says Musetta "has to be a contrast to Mimi in every way. She needs to be opposite - loud and boisterous, jealous, passionate."
Elaine Alvarez as Mimi and Gaston Rivero as Rodolfo. "My dream is to continue professionally and sing in the best theaters in the world with the best conductors," says Alvarez.