Performance – 'Rhondda Rips It Up!'

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:30pm

The University of Arizona Opera Theater presents the American premiere of "Rhondda Rips It Up!" by composer Elena Langer and librettist Emma Jenkin. Directed by Cynthia Stokes, the opera will be sung in English with English supertitles. This opera contains adult themes and is best for mature audiences.

This raucous comedic opera was commissioned by The Welsh National Opera in 2018 to commemorate the centennial of English women winning the right to vote. It follows the true story of Margaret Haig Thomas, Viscountess Rhondda, and the militant members of The Women's Social and Political Union, more commonly known as Suffragettes. Join the Opera Theater for the American premiere of "Rhondda Rips It Up" as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the 20th Amendment into law in America!

Join us for a pre-show conversation with a panel of experts to discuss the impact of women's fight for equality (opening night). There will be a suffragette lobby display and a get-out-the-vote opportunity from the League of Women Voters.


  • Master of Ceremonies: Piper Pack
  • Margaret, Lady Rhondda: Diana Peralta
  • Sybil: Frannie Barrows
  • Edith: Rebeckah Resare
  • Prid: Savannah Hirst
  • Helen: Erika Burkhart
  • Lottie: Diana Olivares
  • Birkenhead: Crystal Kachevas
  • Asquith: Bridget Marlowe
  • Churchill: Lylah Field
  • Ensemble: Nannette Avendano, Olivia Bustos, Josh Hill, Maria Teement
$20, $15, $10
Main Campus
Fred Fox School of Music, Crowder Hall
United States
contact info & links
Fred Fox School of Music
Contact Person: 
David Boulton

Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact, David Boulton.