Riders of the Purple Sage

<i>Riders of the Purple Sage</i>

Tim Trumble


Fri., March 3, 7:30 p.m., Sat., March 4, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 5, 2 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd. St.
Phoenix, AZ  85003
When the curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3, Arizona Opera will make history. The evening marks the Valley debut of Riders of the Purple Sage — and the organization’s first world première performance.

Set against a backdrop familiar to any who’ve taken a cross-state road trip, Riders is the first American Western opera. Arizona painter Ed Mell, known for his modernist landscape pieces, recreates sunset-colored canyons and desert snapshots for the stage, while Karin Wolverton (as protagonist Jane Withersteen) brings the tale of religion, women’s rights, and gun-slinging to life through three performances at Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street.

Set in the late 1800s, the story follows a devout Mormon woman under pressure from the church to marry and add her land to a growing Mormon settlement. Landscape aside, this is far from your average spaghetti Western.

Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling the box office at 602-266-7464 or through www.azopera.org.
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