A Scary Stay: Opera Writer And Composer Visit Haunted Bisbee Hotel That Inspired Their Work

Published: Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4:45pm
Updated: Monday, October 24, 2016 - 5:14pm
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(Photo courtesy of John de los Santos)
John de los Santos (left) and Clint Borzoni pose in front of room 315.
(Photo courtesy of John de los Santos)
Room 315 at the Copper Queen is where Julia Lowell's ghost is rumored to haunt guests.

Call them what you like — ghosts, spirits, haunts, phantoms — October is the time to share their stories. There are the classic scary stories we share over the campfire, and the surreal stories we share about our own encounters.

John de los Santos is an out-of-state opera librettist who wrote an opera about an infamous ghost at a hotel in Bisbee. The Copper Queen was almost finished when he and composer Clint Borzoni decided to take a road trip and check into the haunted hotel room themselves. Before going to sleep in Room 315 — the rumored haunt of ghost Julia Lowell — they played an aria from the opera. 

The night that followed is one they won’t soon forget.

Check out last week’s ghostly tale, and stay tuned next Monday for another story that’s sure to raise your spirits.

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