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Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared the link. We are grateful for every donation. Your funds will go towards ongoing costs to help us re-open and keep us going for the immediate future.
Update: The Amargosa Hotel is open!
The Amargosa Opera House and Café will remain closed until some time in 2021.
To make hotel reservations, call (760) 852-4441, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your ongoing support and wish everyone good health.
The Opera House continues Marta's legacy of celebrating art in the desert with creative acts in an inspiring venue.
Amargosa Opera House is proud to present the performance schedule for 2019-2020, our 52nd season of producing theater in the desert.
Saturday 19th at 7 p.m. – Opening Night: Face on the Bar Room Floor, Vegas City Opera - Opera
Friday 25th at 7 p.m. - Sierra Sweethearts - Music
Saturday 26th at 2 p.m. - “Lenore Nevermore”, Master Mystery Productions – Theater
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th - All-day event - DVJ History Celebration
Friday 15th at 7 p.m. - Pirates of Penzance, Vegas City Opera - Opera
Saturday 16th at 7 p.m. - The Magic Flute, Vegas City Opera - Opera
Saturday 23rd at 7 p.m. – Jeremiah and the Red Eyes (Flagstaff, AZ) - Music
Saturday 7th at 7 p.m. - Christmas at the Opera, Vegas City Opera - Opera
Saturday 14th at 7 p.m. - Gothic Melodramas, Jérémie Favreau & Robin Buck - Music Sunday 15th at 2 p.m. - A White Christmas, Vegas City Opera - Opera
Friday 20th at 7 p.m. - TBA
Saturday 21st at 7 p.m. - A White Christmas, Vegas City Opera - Opera
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th at 7 p.m. - Horst & Graben CD release, Dan Pelley - Music
Friday 3rd at 7 p.m. - McSky – Music
Saturday 4th at 7 p.m. - A Night at the Opera, Vegas City Opera - Opera Friday 10th at 7 p.m. - Jeremiah and the Red Eyes (Flagstaff, AZ) - Music Saturday 11th at 7 p.m. - Vanessa Sheldon, harpist - Music
Saturday, 18th at 7 p.m. - Lauren Napier & Vic Ruggerio - Music
Saturday 25th at 7 p.m. - Magic Show, Les Cooper - Magic
Friday 31st at 7 p.m. - Viva Las Pop-era, Vegas City Opera – Opera
Saturday 8th at 7 p.m. - La Bohème in Concert, Vegas City Opera - Opera
Saturday 15th at 7 p.m. - 52nd Anniversary Marta Becket – Multi Media Event
February 21st and Saturday 22nd at 7 p.m. - Phantom of the Opera, Vegas City Opera - Opera
February 28th and Saturday 29th at 7 p.m. - Achilles Wheel - World Music Jam Band - Music
Friday 6th and Saturday 7th at 7 p.m. - Opera in the Movies, Vegas City Opera - Opera
Friday 13th at 7 p.m. - Miller-Porfiris Duo, violin and viola - Music, silent film
Saturday 14th at 7 p.m. - McSky - Music
Scheduled tours of Amargosa Opera House operate 365 days of the year: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 5pm (schedule subject to change)
$5 donation per person
No reservations required.
For large groups, please contact us in advance:
In March 1967, on hiatus from touring her one-woman show across America, Marta Becket and her husband came to Death Valley Junction to repair a flat tire at the gas station, located across the street from the complex. While exploring the abandoned buildings, Marta peeked through a hole in the back door of Corkill Hall, the town’s old social hall, to find a room in terrible disrepair. Wooden floors were caked with muddy remains from floodwaters and walls were streaked with rust colored stains from the leaking roof. Marta later recalled that the building spoke to her, saying, “Take me. Do something with me. I offer you life!” She tracked down the property manager and inquired about renting the space and was told it could be rented for $45 per month as long as she was responsible for all repairs. The deal was secured with a promissory note and a dollar bill. She and her husband left for New York City to pack up their belongings and returned that August to begin a new chapter of their lives in the desert.
The transformation began immediately. They leveled the floor, extended the stage and painted the walls white. Marta’s first performance was on February 10, 1968. There was an audience of 12. Later that year, torrential rain hit the Junction and the Opera House flooded. As Marta removed 16 inches of muddy water, she looked to the walls and envisioned a Renaissance audience seated in gilded balconies and thought to her self, “I’ll paint an audience!” She began work right away, sketching out the back wall with the King and Queen of Spain holding court in the center. Other nobility and a bullfighting family sit to their left and right and two of Marta’s first cats – Tuxedo and Rhubarb – sleep peacefully on red velvet cushions in the bottom corners. Marta took four years to complete the walls and then began work on the ceiling, taking another two years.
Each part of the mural has a story to tell – from the Native American performers in the bottom alcoves, to the 16 ladies on the ceiling playing antique musical instruments, to the gypsies and artists making merry while ignoring the performance on the stage. Marta’s vision was to create a world of the past, in keeping with her repertoire of classical dance and pantomime, which originated in the courts of the de Medicis and King Louis XIV. Her 16th century audience was inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of the building. She wanted to create an atmosphere that would prepare the audience for what they would soon see on her stage.
Today, Marta’s legacy continues through performances in her Opera House. Traditional performing arts including acoustic music, theatrical plays, opera and spoken word are held on every weekend during the season (October through May).