Phoenix Metropolitan Opera

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 3120 W Carefree Hwy Ste 106 Phoenix AZ 85086 USA

Mission: The Phoenix Opera has been established to perpetuate the performance of professional opera in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Founded by John Massaro and Gail Dubinbaum, the success of Phoenix Ooera will stem from presenting a consistent artistic vision: the promotion and performance of traditional operatic productions, drawn from a repertoire of popular works from the late 18th through early 20th centuries that continue to delight audiences throughout the world. Phoenix Opera's success will also stem from a strong business model with an absolute commitment to fiscal responsibility, exceptional marketing, effective fund raising, innovative educational outreach activities and the cultivation of new audiences throughout the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended many of Phoenix Opera's performances and have been overwhelmed by the caliber of their productions. It is wonderful to have a local opera company with such impressive talent. From the sets to the singers, it is a joy to attend their stunning performances. Kudos to Phoenix Opera for bringing exceptional quality to Arizona.

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attended performances

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add more performances!

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an Opera lover since I first heard Opera as a child in NYC. Every Saturday I listened to the Metropolitan Opera on the radio. As a teen ager , I attended the Metropolitan Opera at the old opera house in NYC. I heard World Class singers.
As an adult, I have attended Operas in many cities in the USA including both Opera companies in Phoenix.
The Phoenix Metropolitan Opera does most outstanding productions. The casts are not only outstanding singers but also outstanding actors. It is the TRADITIONAL Opera that I have always loved and been most comfortable. They don't shoot Carmen.

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In their Opera Productions and their going out to schools and communities to introduce Opera.

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do more productions in the West Valley.

Rating: 5 stars  

This fantastic opera company produces world-class operas. I especially appreciate the fact they find and use local as well as international talent.

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Seeing every production they've presented.

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Hope they continue to grow.

Rating: 5 stars  

I sang in the chorus of the Phoenix Opera for 3 operas. The rehearsals were well-run; the singers and staff treated with the utmost kindness and respect. When it was time for costume fittings and final rehearsal, at a time when tensions are high and tempers flare, EVERYONE continued to be professional, kind and courteous. It was a joy and a privilege to be affiliated with the Phoenix Opera.

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See above review.

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Get them more funding for more operas!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Phoenix Opera is the new opera company based in Phoenix, Arizona. The company is currently in its fourth season and presents two productions each season with two performances of each production. The operas presented to date have been LA BOHEME, TOSCA, AIDA, CARMEN, MADAMA BUTTERFLY and DIE ZAUBERFLOTE [THE MAGIC FLUTE]. LA TRAVIATA will be presented on March 4th and 6th, 2011. All the operas have had international casts, beautiful sets and costumes, fabulous stage direction and extremely professional singing and acting from all members of the casts. We are proud to have Phoenix Opera in Arizona, which can hold its own with any opera company in the world!

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I have been able to introduce many people to Phoenix Opera and thereby help in raising needed funds for the company.

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I cannot think of any changes I would make at this time.

Rating: 5 stars  

We are lucky to have the Phoenix Opera here. The operas are beautifully staged and the music wonderful. The Phoenix Opera is far more than its performances. There are concerts all over the Valley that are fairly priced so that anyone wanting to get to know us may attend. Our creative
directors, Gail Dubenbaum and John Massaro are very accessible to all.
So are the board members and every volunteer and the artists when they are in town. It is hard to be a start up arts organization and this one is worth keeping.

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I attend and help create many of their events.

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There would be more volunteers and publicity but in this economy it is difficult.

Rating: 5 stars  

We are new to the opera experience, and have attended the last three performances of the Phoenix opera during the last two years. We have been thoroughly entertained by the whole experience. We are amazed by the quality of the talent, costuming, sets, orchestra and everything else that goes into the production. It makes for such a nice evening out.

Every major community needs arts like this opera company and we are pleased to see our donations are being put to good use.

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by being able to attend the major opera productions and several of the small gatherings featuring local vocal artists.

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change nothing. The Phoenix opera company and its current leadership are doing everything right. Every event, every production is professionally produced and you can tell that all details have been attended to.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Our very first attendance to any opera was to see Madame Butterfly, performed by the Phoenix Opera. It was an outstanding performance by world-class accomplished artists. The chorus, the set, the orchestra...everything about it drew us into a different world, and we loved it.

What we didn't expect, to great delight upon discovering it, was the simultaneous translation from Italian to English on a first-class digital screen posed above the stage. That feature eliminates the frustration of hearing spectacular music, but not understanding the story line.

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PRIVATE SPECIAL EVENTS

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ENCOURAGE IT TO DO MORE PERFORMANCES. THEIR PROFESSIONALISM IS HARD TO FIND ANYWHERE.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Phoenix Opera performances have been some of the finest I have ever attended -- and I have seen many throughout the United States. It is comforting to know that they adhere to the original intent of the composer. I never have to wonder what "interpretation" will greet me in the way of staging: no shock value here. Just a devotion to the music. The singers are always top-flight and the sets are beautiful. The Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix is the perfect spot for their performances as well -- it, too, adds to the ambience of the entire evening. My only complaint is that Phoenix Opera should have more productions every year. The two they do create annually are well worth the ticket price!

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Attending their performances and some of the fundraisers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the size of the orchestra for some performances and increase the number of operas in their season.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with many companies throughout the world and Phoenix Opera tops them all. Aside from the great performers and crew, there is a sense of excellence that pervades the company. It is top notch in every way.

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All of the performances, educational programs and day to day operations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move it to a Europe where it would receive the recognition it deserves.

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