Anchorage Opera receives operating support from the Atwood Foundation, the Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation, and from the Municipality of Anchorage. Anchorage Opera Company is supported, in part, by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. An American Dream made possible by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. Anchorage Opera is a member of OPERA America.Our Guest Artists’ Fitness Sponsor is The Alaska Club. Our Official Airline Sponsor is Alaska Airlines.
2018-19 “Through the Eyes of Women” Season
Nov 2 & 3, 2018 @ 8 PM Nov 4, 2018 @ 4 PM
“The Lass Who Loved a Sailor”
Set sail for hysterical hi-jinks on the high seas with Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comedy of star-crossed lovers, mismatched marriages and mistaken identities. The captain’s daughter has caught the eye, and the heart, of two men; a lowly sailor and the pompous First Lord of the Admiralty himself. Will true love prevail? What long-held secret holds the key to happiness for all? This effervescent musical romp, overflowing with infectious tunes, jaunty dances and hilarious action, is a bitingly funny parody of class and society that still makes a modern-day splash! Leave your cares on dry land and chart a course for this beloved, light-hearted classic operetta, suitable for audiences of all ages.
AN AMERICAN DREAM
Feb 8 & 9, 2019 @ 8 PM Feb 10, 2019 @ 4 PM
Treasured possessions are symbols of home; reminders of a past never to be repeated
Inspired by true stories from American history, An American Dream explores intersecting narratives of two women during World War II: a Japanese American, and her family, facing internment, and a German Jewish immigrant preoccupied by those she left behind. Both families have secrets that bind them to each other, eventually revealed through treasured possessions abandoned and found. Hailed by the Seattle Times at its world premiere as “a heart wrenching opera…eloquent and moving”, this modern masterpiece resonates with local connections to Anchorage as well as our Alaska Native community. Talk-Back discussions following each show will help take attendees deeper into the civil-rights implications of this story and its themes of wartime hysteria, racism, and xenophobia.
Apr 12 & 13, 2019 @ 8 PM Apr 14, 2019 @ 4 PM
Life is a fleeting candle. Love is an eternal flame.
This passionate, indelible story of four struggling young artists – a poet, a painter, a philosopher and a musician – and the women who change them forever, navigating life, love and loss in the Latin Quarter of Paris, will move you to both laughter and tears. Blending riveting theatre and achingly beautiful music, Puccini’s masterpiece, can arguably stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. Its sumptuous score and timeless tale resonate just as deeply with contemporary audiences as at its premiere in 1896, even inspiring (100 years later) the 1996 Pulitzer prize and Tony Award winning rock musical RENT. Perfect for the first-time opera-goer, and lovers of all ages!
News and Press
“Opera in Anchorage has become more inviting to attend as witnessed by this season and especially today’s Extravaganza”
Review by Robert Pond Opera in Anchorage hasn’t come easy. Marita Farrell, who apparently sung for a time at the Metropolitan Opera in NY, came to Alaska and worked with Lorene Harrison in November of 1948 and by 1962, 55 years ago, opera in Anchorage, finally took...read more
“Anchorage Opera’s latest and most significant offering is Glory Denied… as courageous as it is inventive.”
Review by Robert Pond The Anchorage Opera’s latest and most significant offering is Glory Denied from Tom Philpott’s book on Capt. Floyd James Thompson’s endurance as a Viet Nam POW and what is termed as repatriation. The very title of this evening’s opera defines the...read more
Anchorage Opera (AO) presents Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo, a powerful contemporary show honoring those who serve in our military, on February 10, 12, 16 and 18, 2017 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Based on a book of the same title, with a foreword by...read more