Anchorage Opera (AO) is gearing up for a big milestone this coming season, celebrating its 55th Anniversary as the center of artistic creation, innovation and education through the presentation of opera and related events encouraging public collaboration and community engagement for the people of the State of Alaska. To mark their anniversary AO collaborated with Beacon Media + Marketing on imagery that not only represents the repertoire which makes up their 55th Anniversary Season, but also speaks to the true “Made in Alaska” spirit which has always been the hallmark of their non-profit company. “We wanted our season graphics to be uniquely Alaskan for our ‘55 and SO Alive’ Season” said Reed Smith, General Director, “and so we turned to the stunning nature all around us for inspiration.” Species of birds indigenous to Alaska grace the 2016-17 posters for all three productions, artfully designed by the creative team at Beacon Media + Marketing team.  “What could be more fitting than true Alaskan spokesmodels who literally ‘sing’ to our public of our landmark season?” stated Smith. The Raven, often portrayed as a trickster in Alaska native storytelling, was selected to represent Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto (October 28, 29 and 30, 2016), whose court jester title character tries to outwit the morally corrupt Duke he serves, with tragic consequences.  The Alaskan premiere of Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo (February 10, 12, 16 and 18, 2017) is the compelling saga of the longest held United States POW. Set in the Vietnam era and based on the book of the same title by Tom Philpott with a foreword by Sen. John McCain, the majestic Bald Eagle was chosen to convey the pathos and patriotism of this emerging contemporary opera classic. AO’s season culminates with the production of a 55th Anniversary Opera Extravaganza. “The grand finale to our milestone season ends it on the high note it deserves”, Smith asserted, “As we present a blockbuster line-up of opera’s greatest hits. International stars, local talent, full orchestra, chorus and more surprises will make for an evening of epic and truly ‘operatic’ proportions; thus the Puffin in all his splendor and natural ‘black tie attire’ invites our patrons to experience the many dimensions and grandeur of opera at its finest.”

All performances of all three AO 2016-17 Season productions will be presented in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Season Subscription tickets are on sale now through CenterTix at 263-ARTS (2787) or online at Single ticket sales begin September 1, 2016. For additional information contact Judy Berry, Marketing & Development Director or visit

Anchorage Opera is one of the largest producers of the performing arts in Alaska. Founded in 1962, it was the first North American opera company in the circumpolar North. For more about Anchorage Opera visit