$5.2M Arizona Opera Center

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Posted By on March 22, 2013

arizona operaArizona Opera opens a new 28,000 square foot Opera Center and continues rehearsals of its next production, The Marriage of Figaro, with a cast from around the world. The building project, in partnership with the City of Phoenix included two phases. Phase 1 houses an intimate black box performance venue, rehearsal space, and orchestra loft and patron viewing gallery. Phase 2 features administrative offices, box office, costume, wig and make-up shops, as well as educational and meeting facilities. Phase 2 made adaptive reuse of the previous Walsh Brothers building.

The Opera Center on Central Avenue joins other cultural pillars such as Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum and Phoenix Theatre in the “uptown” arts district, which is easily accessible via METRO Light Rail. The Opera’s Opera Center, was built in partnership with the City of Phoenix, who provided $3.2 million in city bond funds.

“We are thrilled to have found such a perfect location for our new home, near our sister arts organizations and directly on the light-rail route,” says Scott Altman, general director of Arizona Opera. The first full opera production will be held in April 2014 in the black box theater, while rehearsals, master classes and workshops will be held in the theater as early as April, 2013.

Arizona Opera will continue to present main stage productions in Tucson Music Hall and Symphony Hall Phoenix.

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