Arizona Opera kicks off the new year with the presentation of Richard Wagner's apocalyptic "Gotterdammerung" at 7 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Heldentenor George Gray and soprano Karen Bureau star as lovers Siegfried and Brunnhilde. Stage directions are provided by Claus Koing. There will be an encore performance on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. For ticket information, call the Arizona Opera Co. at 293-4336.


Daniel Helfgot, the resident stage director for Opera San Jos‚, will conduct two master classes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. in the Holsclaw Recital Hall, Music building. Helfgot has directed and staged opera for companies around the world and his work with Opera San Jos‚ includes more than 40 productions. For ticket information call the School of Music's information hotline, MusiCall, at 621-2998.


The University of Arizona College of Education, along with the Tucson Area Council for Technology, presents the Teaching and Technology Conference from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Student Union and Education building. More than 70 speakers will present in 45 sessions and include teachers and students from Arizona and other Western states. The purpose of the event is to explore the latest technology available for classroom teaching. For additional information, call 621-1386.

Start the day right by visiting Downtown SaturDays in the Downtown Arts District from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Activities include concerts, hands-on arts and crafts activities, and walking tours. In addition, all the shops, restaurants, and galleries in the Arts District will be open for dining and shopping convenience. Most events will take place for little or no cost. For a complete list of activities, call the Arts Distict at 624-9977.

Join the Hotel Congress and Action Unlimited as they present "The Capture of Public Enemy No.1:

John Dillinger" in Hotel Congress, 111 E. Congress, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. In this historically based production, the Hotel Congress lobby transforms into an exciting arena for gansters, shoot-outs, stunts, and chases. Warning: loud gunfire may frighten small children. For more information, call 622-8848.

Downtown Saturday Nights celebrates the new year from 7-10 p.m. in Tucson's Downtown Arts District. Events will feature live performances of music, poetry, and ethnic storytelling as well as shopping, dining, and browsing through museums and galleries. Events are offered at little or no cost. For a complete list of events, call the Arts District at 624-9977.


Arizona Theater Company, in association with the University of Arizona College of Humanities, begins its humanities-based BY DESIGN program from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Alice Holsclaw Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art,

The event will feature Ballet Theater International and superstars of the Bolshoi, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Vienna State Opera and more. For ticket information, call Southwest Dance at (602) 482-6410.


The University of Arizona Poetry Center kicks off its 1995 Spring Reading Series with the appearance of Patricia Hampl at 8 p.m. in the Modern Languages auditorium. Hampl is the author of two award-winning poetry books: Women Before an Aquarium and Resort and Other Poems. In addition, Hampl has written libretti for an opera and a choral work. The event is free of charge. For more information, call the UA Poetry Center at 621-1877.

Preview Arizona Opera's upcoming production of Verdi's Rigoletto at the Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot, at 7 p.m. Dr. Kevin Ryan will be presenting this informative lecture and will be assisted by Charles Roe (baritone), Linda Croskey (soprano), and Raymond Rider (pianist). There is limited seating, so plan to arrive early. The event is a joint venture between the Arizona Opera Co. and the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona. For more information, call the Arizona Opera Co. at 293-4336.

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