Ed Mell and Kristin Atwell: Making the Western Opera “Riders of the Purple Sage”

Photo Courtesy of Tim Trumble Photography, Inc. and Arizona Opera.

Hear from world-renowned artist Ed Mell and Emmy award-winning filmmaker/producer Kristin Atwell as they share their process for translating the most popular Western novel of all time − “Riders of the Purple Sage” − into an opera.

In this program, Ed Mell, widely known for his graphic style and striking desert landscapes, discusses his creative contributions as the production’s scenic designer. Celebrated documentarian Kristin Atwell reveals how her artistic vision and passion brought the world premiere of the opera to fruition. An audience Q&A follows the discussion.

Arizona Opera, which commissioned “Riders of the Purple Sage,” presents the world premiere production February 25-26, 2017 in Tucson and March 3-5, 2017 in Phoenix. For more information, please visit www.ridersopera.com.

Included with museum admission; free to museum members. Available seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

Please note: Arizona Opera patrons who have RSVP’d to the Opera will receive free admission to the event (first-come, first-served); does not include gallery access.