Arizona Opera Ends Season in Black [PHOTOS]

on Jul 20, 2012 02:00 PM EDT

Arizona Opera ended its 2011-12 season financially solid, with four sold-out performances and seven percent increase in single-ticket sales.

The opera company that serves Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, also raised two-thirds of its inaugural $7.4 million capital campaign from its 41st season.

"This is the company's second straight season ending in the black," said Scott Altman, general director.

"The increase in single-ticket sales is a milestone in today's arts climate. Companies around the country have been experiencing a downturn in attendance, which makes even a single-digit uptick a success story," Altman added.

He also said the ongoing resolve of the Board of Trustees and the devoted support of the company's patrons made it possible for the company to reach significant developments this season both in artistic and organizational aspects.

"Their steadfast commitment creates a solid foundation for what this company achieves, on stage and in the community," Altman commented.

Arizona Opera is a professional opera company that produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, education and outreach programs that reach over 75,000 schoolchildren and adults annually. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is one of the few companies in the United States to serve multiple cities.

The company is currently renovating its new home in Phoenix in preparation for the upcoming season, which starts in October with Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor."

Repertoire and schedule of the 2012-13 season include Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" in November, Puccini's "Tosca" in January, Verdi's "Il Trovatore" in March, and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" in April as the closing performance of the season.

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