In Historic Death Valley Junction,
Marta Becket's Legacy Lives On
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The Opera House continues Marta's legacy of celebrating art in the desert with creative acts in an inspiring venue.

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Upcoming Events

October 19

Opening Night - 52nd Season

October 25

The Sierra Sweethearts

October 26

Lenore Nevermore

Season 52

Amargosa Opera House is proud to announce the performance schedule for 2019-2020, our 52nd season of producing theater in the desert.

For tickets to any show, call 1-760-852-4441.

October 2019

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

November 2019

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th - All-day event - DVJ History Celebration

Saturday 23rd at 7 p.m. – Jeremiah and the Red Eyes (Flagstaff, AZ) - Music

December 2019

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 and Saturday 21st at 7 p.m. - The Nutcracker, The Pink Tutu - Dance

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th at 7 p.m. - Horst & Graben CD release, Dan Pelley - Music

January 2020

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

February 2020

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

March 2020

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th at 7 p.m. - Opera in the Movies, Vegas City Opera - Opera Saturday 14th at 7 p.m. - McSky - Music

Saturday 21st at 2 p.m. - Master Mystery Productions - Theater

Friday 27th at 7 p.m. - Daughter of the Regiment, Vegas City Opera - Opera

Saturday 28th at 2 p.m. - Master Mystery Productions – Theater

April 2020

Friday 3rd at 7 p.m. - Nicole Isabelle - Dance & Performance Art

Saturday 4th at 2 p.m. - Master Mystery Productions - Theater

Friday 10th at 7 p.m. - Carmen, Vegas City Opera - Opera

Saturday 11th at 2 p.m. - Master Mystery Productions - Theater

Saturday 18th at 7 p.m. - Carmen, Vegas City Opera - Opera

Saturday 25th at 7 p.m. - La Voix Humane and Le Ballet French, Vegas City Opera - Opera

May 2020

Saturday 2nd at 7 p.m. - Cunning Little Vixen, Vegas City Opera - Opera

Fri. 8th and Sat. 9th at 7 p.m. - Murder at the Amargosa Opera House, Vegas City Opera - Opera

A Brief History of Marta Becket's Amargosa Opera House
TOURS

Scheduled tours of Amargosa Opera House operate 365 days of the year: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 5pm (schedule subject to change)

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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).

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