Monday, October 24, 2016

AZ ROSE OPERA COMPANY presents Menotti's “The Telephone” and “The Medium”


From: Brandon Howell []
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2016 12:56 PM




A branch of the Arizona Rose Arts Organization


Menotti's "The Telephone" and "The Medium"


Directed by Luke Howell


October 28 at 7pm

October 29 at 2pm & 7pm


at ZUZI! Theater in the Historic Y

738 N 5th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705



"Advanced Sale"

Adults: $25

Seniors (60 & up)/Military: $23

Under 30: $21

Children (12 & under): $15


"At the Door"

$2 more


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There's a brand new opera company in town—and it's producing shows in English, for a modern audience.  Some of the seasoned professionals at the Arizona Rose Theatre Company have begun a new venture.  The AZ Rose Opera Company (, a branch of the Arizona Rose Arts Organization, is kicking off its first season with a double billed production of Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Telephone" and "The Medium" at the Historic Y Zuzi Theatre.  The company is working to appeal to a wide variety of theatre and opera goers, using a combination of high quality production values mixed with professional singing and musicianship.  The cast of "The Medium" is headed up by Mackenzie Romriell, mezzo soprano, who revisits the role of Madame Flora after a successful performance with the University of Arizona Opera.  The rest of the talented cast includes Jonathan Holmes (Toby), Gabriella Carillo (Monica), Sehoon Kim (Mr. Gobineau), Kate Scally (Mrs. Gobineau), and Samantha Luna (Mrs. Nolan).  The production is directed by Luke S. Howell.

"The Telephone" is a comic opera in one act that tells the story of Ben, a young man determined to ask his girlfriend Lucy to marry him--if only he can get her to hang up the phone first.  This hilarious, twenty minute long opera feels like it was written for our modern society, with it's obsession with social media and the struggle to connect with someone right in front of you while technology keeps pulling you away.  It was first performed in New York City as part of a double billed production with a much darker opera, Menotti's "The Medium."  This dramatic opera in two acts tells the story of a fraudulent psychic, Madame Flora, and her descent into madness as she begins to experience what appear to be real supernatural phenomena. The opera also portrays the burgeoning romance between her daughter Monica, and Toby, her non-verbal ward.  Performed on the weekend before Halloween, and designed with special effects and theatrical finesse, this opera will leave you wondering whether or not the ones we love ever truly leave us.




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