Arizona Opera Receives $2M Gift

Kay and Ron McDougall Pledge Supports Opera’s ‘RED’ Series

Kay and Ron McDougall have given Arizona Opera a $2 million gift in support of the opera’s new RED Series, which will now bear their name. The McDougall gift will be used to support the annual presentation of two intimate, innovative and brand-defining artistic offerings that comprise the company’s new fall season.

The McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series launches in fall 2018 with Maria de Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer, and Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, by Daniel Schnyder and Bridgette A. Wimberly. The creation of the RED Series was announced in fall 2017 as part of a shift in Arizona Opera’s season model, which will deepen the company’s investment in adventurous, theatrical and curiosity-inspiring new works, alongside productions of classic operas, all supported by international-caliber casts. The McDougall RED Series will be presented in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater and in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art.

“We are excited by Arizona Opera’s expansive vision and leadership, and believe in the potential of the RED Series to help build stronger, more connected communities through the art form of opera,” says Ron McDougall, former chairman and CEO of Brinker International Inc. McDougall previously served on the Dallas Opera board.

Kay McDougall currently sits on the Arizona Opera Board.

PHOTO COURTESY ARIZONA OPERA

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