Riders Opera World Premiere Success Inspires $1 Million Donation

April 27, 2017


Scott Stallard remembers sitting in the Phoenix audience early last month and getting “goosies” the moment the curtain rose for Arizona Opera’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.”

“It was stunning,” Stallard said Monday. “We saw that show and we had a glimpse of the future and how increasingly exciting ... it is going forward. We just wanted to be a part of that.”

Last week, Stallard and his wife, Marlu Allan, donated $1 million to Arizona Opera to support bringing similarly exciting new works to the stage.

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