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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