A longtime entrepreneur based in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, Lew McGinnis has led a real estate investing career that has spanned more than 50 years. Also an active member of the community, Lew McGinnis has served as director of numerous nonprofit and cultural organizations, including the Arizona Opera Company.
For nearly five decades, the Arizona Opera Company has enriched the state of Arizona’s cultural life by holding world-class concerts and opera performances in multiple locations across the state. Today, the company also hosts a range of programs and auxiliary groups, including the Arizona Opera Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Studio program, various collaborative events, and the Arizona Spark initiative.
Founded by a group of Arizona Opera patrons in 2014, Arizona Spark cultivates new operatic works through its Arizona Bold initiative, which provides support for new projects over a 24-month period. Though operas covering all subjects are considered, the Spark committee gives preference to projects that focus on Arizona history, military communities, and minority interests.
The current project, The Copper Queen, is led by composer Clint Borzoni and librettist John de los Santos. It tells the tragic story of Julia Lowell, an early-20th century resident of the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona.