Arizona Opera Presents Riders of the Purple Sage

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage is the first world premiere produced by Arizona Opera. Follow this Wild West adventure through the sweeping vistas and massive canyons of the Southwest, with scenery brought to life by the work of world-renowned Arizona artist, Ed Mell.

Arizona Opera, now in its 46th Season, produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each season. It is among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city, taking each mainstage performance to Tucson and Phoenix. Additionally, Arizona Opera offers in-school touring productions and numerous outreach events for children and adults of all ages.

The Arizona Opera broadcast of Riders of the Purple Sage is a presentation of Classical Arizona PBS, a part of Arizona State University.


This program is a part of the American Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in May and lasts until November (exact dates are published in the first half of the year).


Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 11/25/2017 - 12/01/2017

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  • Host: Naomi Lewin
  • Executive Producer: Alex Kosiorek
  • Supervising Producer: Jeanne Barron
  • Co-Producer: Kristin Atwell Ford
  • Engineers: Alex Kosiorek and Eric Xu
  • Assistant Engineer: David Angell