STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME Get Tickets
Music by Gerald Cohen
Libretto by Deborah Brevoort
JANUARY 25 | 27 | 28 | 30 | 2018
The Wolf Theatre | Mizel Arts and
Culture Center in Denver
TO SAY “THEY BEAT THE ODDS” IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.
In this intimate opera, Cohen and Brevoort tell the true story of a group of Dutch Jews who are deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the last year of World War II. Surrounded by horrors of the Holocaust, Jaap and Manja Polak’s already fragile marriage dissolves as he turns his attentions to Ina Soep. The love that Jaap and Ina share helps sustain them through the daily challenges of concentration camp life as they secretly pass love letters to each other. As librettist Deborah Brevoort so beautifully states, “It was a simple story, to be sure – of ordinary breakfasts, and butter for bread – but it nevertheless held great power and ultimately enabled them to survive. When everything is taken away, only the essential remains.”
Did you know?Jaap and Ina were married for nearly 70 years after the events of the Opera.
Omer Ben SeadiaDirector
Inna DukachIna Soep
Gideon DabiJaap Polak
Adriana ZabalaManja Polak
FALSTAFF Get Tickets
MAY 5 | 8 | 11 | 13 | 2018
Ellie Caulkins Opera HouseEAT. DRINK. SCHEME. REPEAT.
If you are a fan of Shakespeare’s comedies, you will love Verdi’s comic opera. The story centers around Falstaff, who employs crafty maneuvers to seduce the merry wives of Windsor. When the women learn of Falstaff’s mischievous plan they concoct their own scheme to dupe Falstaff and expose him for a fool. What ensues is a sophisticated comedy filled with backfired plans, failed disguises, and uproarious personalities. Ultimately it isn’t just Falstaff who is exposed as a fool, but everyone involved. Eat, drink, scheme, and repeat is a great way to end a celebratory season at Opera Colorado.
Did you know? Verdi idolized Shakespeare as one of the great playwrights and based his opera Falstaffon Shakespeare’s Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Sandra Piques EddyMeg
Dana Beth MillerDame Quickly
NOVEMBER 4 | 7 | 10 | 12 | 15 | 2017
Ellie Caulkins Opera HouseFALL IN AND OUT OF LOVE IN PARIS.
One of opera’s most beloved stories popular with well-seasoned opera fans and simply perfect for the first time opera-goer. Set in 19th century Paris, follow six impoverished artists and students as they struggle to make ends meet, fall in and out of love, and ultimately bond together to help each other in their most desperate hours. It sounds like the typical fresh out of college, starving artist lifestyle of the 21st Century. The timelessness of the story resonates just as deeply with contemporary audiences as it did at its premiere in 1896.
Did you know? The 1996 Pulitzer prize and Tony Award winning rock musical Rent, was inspired by Puccini’s opera.