Anchorage Opera receives operating support from the Atwood Foundation, the Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation, and The Carr Foundation. Anchorage Opera is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Kumin Foundation, as well as from many generous individuals and corporate community leaders. Our Guest Artists’ Fitness Sponsor is The Alaska Club, Official Parking Sponsor is EasyPark, Official Videographer is Talking Circle Media, and our Official Airline Sponsor is Alaska Airlines. Anchorage Opera is a member of OPERA America.
Anchorage Opera acknowledges that we gather and are performing on the traditional lands of the Dena’ina Athabascans. For thousands of years the Dena’ina have been and continue to be the stewards of this land. It is with gratefulness and respect that we recognize the contributions, innovations, and contemporary perspectives of the upper Cook Inlet Dena’ina.
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2023-2024 Season – LOVE! Trials & Tribulations
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
Oct 27, 28 & 29, 2023
“Love is in the air…and in the bottle!”
Shy cameraman Nemorino is hopelessly in love with film star Adina, but will she ever look behind the scenes, or past her super self-confident co-star, Belcore, to give him a chance? Enter “Doctor” Dulcamara from craft services, whose magic love potion is guaranteed to do the trick! Several swigs later, a comedy of blockbuster proportions unfolds – on screen and off! Drink in Donizetti’s delectable comic delight, delicious from the first sip to the last. Guaranteed no hangover – just a Hollywood ending!
In Italian with English Supertitles
Feb 2, 3 & 4, 2024
A SUPREMELY comical look at a HIGHLY improbable friendship!
Hailed as “a dream come true” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), a “perfect … jewel” (Opera Today) and a “buoyant show with a deeply serious core” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Derrick Wang’s comedic “opinion” causes no “dissents”! Put this Alaska premiere production on your entire family’s “docket”. Inspired by the late justices’ own words and by the “operatic precedent” of Händel, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Offenbach, Bizet, Sullivan, Puccini, Strauss, et al. A delightful look at the notorious RBG, and her fierce judicial opponent Antonin Scalia, through the lens of their great friendship, setting forth the case…”We are different. We are one.”
In English with English Supertitles
Apr 26, 27 & 28, 2024
No sacrifice is too great for true love…or is it?
Violetta has it all. A glamorous life of endless parties and frivolous pleasures. Every man in Paris adores her but only one, Alfredo, truly loves her. In a heartbeat she trades life in the fast-lane for a happily-ever-after life with him in the countryside. Until reality comes knocking in the form of Alfredo’s father, reminding her there’s no escaping a soiled reputation and the only path forward is one of ultimate sacrifice. Returning to high society, she breaks the heart of the man she’ll love to her dying breath. But will Alfredo discover the truth in time for a last reunion or has the clock finally run out for them? Verdi’s sublime, soaring saga of passion, love and loss will tug at your heartstrings and never let go!
In Italian with English supertitles
News and Press
Anchorage, Alaska: Anchorage Opera (AO) Retiring General Director Reed W. Smith’s last day with AO is June 2, 2023, but before his departure tributes in recognition of his dedicated years of service abounded. On May 6, during Smith’s curtain speech for Carmen by Bizet...
Anchorage, Alaska: Anchorage Opera (AO) Board of Trustees has announced Ben Robinson as the company’s new General Director following Reed W. Smith’s retirement at the end of the 2022-23 Celebrating 60 Season. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Robinson brings a...
Anchorage, Alaska: Anchorage Opera (AO) General Director Reed W. Smith has announced he plans to retire at the end of the 2022-23 Celebrating 60 Season. Hired by the AO Board of Trustees in 2014, Smith is the longest serving CEO in the history of the company. During...