MUSICAL WORDS: Opera and Poetry in Arizona Lady

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
UA Poetry Center, Rubel Room 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721

Presented by: UA Poetry Center with guest poet Alberto Ríos, Arizona Poet Laureate

Kicking off Humanities Week 2015, Arizona poet laureate Alberto “Tito” Ríos discusses his experience working on the Spanish libretto for Arizona Opera’s Arizona Lady. Written in 1953 as a love letter to the Southwest, the hopes and dreams of leading lady Lana Farrell ride on the back of one horse, “Arizona Lady,” winning the Kentucky Derby. Presented in partnership with Arizona Opera, Arizona Lady opens to Tucson audiences on October 10.  Ríos will reflect on his lifelong fascination with the art of translation. After all, it is through translation that diverse cultural borders and boundaries are either created or destroyed. At the conclusion of this talk, Ríos will also read from his new book, A Small Story About the Sky.