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After a successful “Three for Free” preview to launch the season, the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona is bringing the vocal arts back to Oro Valley with another free event.

The group’s next preview, showcasing the upcoming Arizona Opera Red Series performance of “Fellow Travelers,” takes place Monday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Oro Valley Community Center (10555 N. La Cañada Drive).

The opera, which premiered in 2016, is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon and composed by Gregory Spears to a libretto by Greg Pierce. The story takes place during the 1950s McCarthy era during the “lavender scare,” at which time mass firings of homosexuals took place in the federal government. 

The opera focuses on a love affair between two men working for the government.

Arizona Opera will take audiences back to the McCarthy-era Lavender Scare where communists weren’t the only government targets,” said opera guild member Susan Stokes.

“This powerfully compelling production of ‘Fellow Travelers’ is an ode to the importance of being one’s self and the bravery it takes to stand up to oppression,” Stokes said.

Opera guild Intern Octavio Moreno will introduce the production to audiences.  Moreno will also sing one of the roles, along with tenor Francisco Rentaria. The preview will also feature longtime guild member and soprano Betty Allen, who will explain the relationship between the guild and Arizona Opera.

The opera guild will also host a free preview this Friday, Nov. 8 at Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. from noon to 1 p.m. Donations are appreciated.

Arizona Opera will perform “Fellow Travelers” in its entirety in Tucson on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16 and 17 at the Arizona Theatre Company - Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Ave.) For tickets and more information, visit azopera.org.

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