ARIZONA OPERA STUDIO CONCERT at Home Computer Screens

New Singers Join Arizona Opera’s Arion Roose Pullin Young Artist Program.

On October 5, 2020, I listened to Arizona Opera’s Studio Spotlight Series online concert held in the newly named the Shoshana B. and Robert S. Tancer Plaza adjoining the company’s building on Central Avenue in Phoenix. General Director Joseph Spector greeted the tiny audience of donors and the much larger online assemblage with remembrances of the company’s former general director, Joel Revzen, and a video about the late chair of the Arizona Opera Board of Directors, Robert Tancer. Only the speaker was unmasked.

Red and white flowers on either side of a light bar marked the stage area as soprano Caitlin Gotimer, in an afternoon-length dark dress, strode in front of the audience to sing the “Jewel Song” from Gounod’s Faust with pianist Robert Bosworth. Gotimer would have spent this past summer singing at the Glimmerglass Festival in northern New York had it not been for the pandemic. She showed her character’s surprise at seeing the casket of jewels and as she sang “ce nest plus toi” “that is no longer you” her expression showed distinct pleasure in seeing a bracelet grace her arm. She sang with clear coloratura that included a fine trill at the beginning.

Wearing pants to indicate she was singing a masculine part. Mezzo-soprano Michaela Wolz sang “Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio” (“I leave, but you my love”) from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (“The Clemency of Titus”). In this difficult aria, Wolz brought out her character’s emotional state and finished her presentation with fast flourishes of coloratura. Baritone Rob McGinness offered the aria “Vi tak Pechalny” (“You are so sad”) from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and his resonant voice glinted with golden tones.

Caitlin Gotimer returned with “Tu che di gel sei

Trump leads all Facebook ad spending in Arizona

President Donald Trump leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington.
President Donald Trump leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington.Alex Brandon/AP

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican President Donald Trump has spent more money on Facebook advertising targeting New Mexico users since July than any other candidate, campaign, or business, according to a New York University Tandon School of Engineering project that monitor’s Facebook spending.

The Trump campaign and his various affiliates have spent $3 million on Facebook ads in the state since July 1, the NYU Ad Observatory reports. That’s more than the amount spent during the same period by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — the second-highest Facebook spender. His campaign has spent $2.3 million, according to the website.

Damon McCoy, professor of computer science and engineering at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and doctoral student Laura Edelson built the NYU Tandon Online Transparency Project aimed at bringing transparency to political advertising that targets U.S. voters.

Nationally, Trump has doled out $59 million on Facebook ads since July, while Biden has spent $39 million. It’s unclear if that pace will continue after Trump announced this week he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be hospitalized.

The website found that Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Kelly spent $876,700 on Facebook ads in Arizona since July. However, the website says the Kelly campaign has spent $2.2 million nationally on Facebook ads seeking donations around the country.

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Arizona Broadway Theatre Announces Fall Interim Programming With New Health and Safety Guidelines

ABT’s Fall Interim Programming is now available for purchase.

ABT will offer a wide range of events from the ABT CONCERTS SERIES featuring some of the best talents from the ABT stage (and in the Valley of The Sun) and the welcoming back of partners like TAD MANAGEMENT and the TAD CONCERT SERIES as well as MURDER AND A MEAL DINNER THEATRE, to the all new BROADWAY BINGO! nights, the MIDWEEK CLASSIC MOVIE MUSICAL showings hosted by Valley theatre and movie critic David Appleford, and the “UNPLUGGED” CONCERT SERIES.

The following health and safety guidelines will be in place:

  • All Executive Orders and Government & CDC recommendations will be posted for easy viewing and reference throughout the building
  • Sanitation: additional sanitation and safety protocols have been implemented. All high-touch points within the building will be sanitized and cleaned frequently. All other touchpoints will be disinfected daily. Additional hand sanitizer stations will be in place throughout the ABT lobby
  • Masks are REQUIRED: all patrons must wear a properly fitting mask when attending ABTIf you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you
  • All ABT staff will be required to wear masks on site
  • Social distancing markers and instructions will be placed throughout the lobby and within the theatre
  • Patrons will no longer be escorted to their tables by a volunteer usher; patrons will seat themselves with the assistance of the House Manager and ABT staff
  • New clearly marked aisle numbers (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G) and table numbers will be indicated on the floor of the theatre to provide for easy seating reference
  • During the remainder of 2020, bar service will be available in the lobby only; no individual table service will be provided at this time
  • Seating within the theatre will be adjusted to