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. Season Sponsor is Providence Imaging Center. 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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2022-2023 Season – Celebrating 60!
March 10, 11 & 12, 2023
“The story we need to tell; the women we must remember”
When Ava, a young white woman, is thrown from her car and badly injured in a crash, she sees another body, a young native girl, lying on the ground. Their eyes meet…their worlds connect. This USA premiere production of Missing, by distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements & Juno-award winning composer Brian Current, gives voice, in English and the Native language, Gitxsan, to the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women. A poetic expression of loss, hope and the spirit finding home.
In English & Gitxsan with English & Gitxsan Supertitles
May 5, 6 & 7, 2023
SEDUCTION, OBSESSION, BETRAYAL…what could possibly go wrong?
No man can resist the fiery seductress, Carmen, who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. To live free and to die free is her credo. But be careful what you wish for when fate deals its final hand. Don José, obsessed with and possessed by Carmen, sacrifices everything to follow her into a life of crime, only to have her leave him for the dashing bullfighter, Escamillo. But in a realm where desire and hot-blooded passion reign supreme, blind love can turn to blind rage and love triangles can be deadly! One of the most popular operas of all time, Bizet’s flamenco-infused music overflows with famous melodies including the ‘Habanera’ and Toreador Song.
In French with English Supertitles
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Oct 21, 22 & 23, 2022
“Ahoy, Matey! Yo Ho Ho! Aarrgghh!”
Toss your worries overboard and set sail for swashbuckling adventure with softhearted buccaneers, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling British bobbies and “the very model of a modern Major General”. Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce is an action-packed musical romp, overflowing with memorable tunes, tongue-twisting texts and jaunty dances. Chart a course for this fun-filled voyage perfect for the whole family. The Pirates of Penzance – they’ll steal your heart away!
Performed in English with English supertitles
News and Press
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...
Anchorage Chamber Celebrates Anchorage Opera’s 60th Anniversary Season with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Anchorage, Alaska: Anchorage Opera has been selected by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of their 2022-23 Celebrating 60 Season on Friday, October 14 from 4 – 6 PM in the Discovery Theatre at the Alaska Center for the...