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In 2018-19, Opera Colorado presents audiences with opulent productions of two eternal favorites: Verdi’s stunning and heartbreaking La Traviata and Mozart’s madcap and effervescent The Marriage of Figaro, both performed at the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Also next season, we continue our commitment to producing contemporary works in unique venues throughout our community. Our 2018-19 Scene Change opera will take us to the new Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, where we will transform one of its intimate galleries into a 100-seat theater for a double-bill After Life and Josephine by Tom Cipullo. These must-see performances have already sold out—but 2018-19 subscribers get first access to the waitlist.
That’s just one of the many benefits of subscribing to the 2018-19 season. Other perks include:
- A subscriber-only discount of up to 25% off single-ticket prices for La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro
- A 15% discount on additional seats or tickets to select other Opera Colorado events
- Priority seating from year to year
- Free ticket exchanges to another performance*
- No handling fees on purchases or exchanges**
- NEW! An invitation to the subscriber-only Season Preview Party, plus special offers and event invitations
*Additional costs may apply if upgrading your seats
**Excludes City and County of Denver 10% Seat Tax
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EXPLORE THE SEASON
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NOVEMBER 3 | 6 | 9 | 11 | 2018
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
TRAGIC PASSION TAKES CENTER STAGE
This romantic masterpiece, overflowing with some of Verdi’s most recognizable and beautiful melodies, features one of opera’s greatest heroines: the doomed courtesan Violetta, who is willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of true love.
Highlights of his 2015/16 season included Aida at Utah Symphony and Opera, for which the Salt Lake Tribune raved “Whether in the grandeur of the triumphal scene or the exquisite beauty of the Nile scene, one couldn't have asked for a more inspiring performance of Verdi's score,” a double bill of La Voix Humaine starring Patricia Racette and Gianni Schicchi at Chicago Opera Theater, and return appearances at Atlanta Ballet and at Opera Memphis. He conducted a variety of symphonic programs with orchestras in the US, including Omaha Symphony and the NYU Symphony. After earning his Bachelor of Music in violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory, he studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and with Imre Pallo at Indiana University.
She was the Artistic Director of the OBIE-award winning Salt Theater, based in NYC, and she has theater credits at many regional theaters including Perseverance Theater, Geva Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Southern Rep, Actor’s Express, Virginia Stage, and Williamstown Theater Festival. Currently, she is developing Joan Crawford, a new work composed by Phil Kline with AOP; and Girls, commissioned by Cincinnati Opera as part of their Next: Diverse Voices series for their 2020 Season. In 2014, she joined the faculty of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where she is the Head of the Opera Stage Direction program.
Cecilia Violetta LópezVioletta
Recent engagements include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore for Boston Midsummer Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Colorado, Haroun in Djamileh at the 2017 Beethoven Easter Festival, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for Opera Memphis, Macduff in Macbeth for Opera San Antonio, The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Syracuse Opera, and Christmas Concerts with Madison Symphony Orchestra.
Eric Barry has a close association with the Beethoven Easter Festival and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, where he has sung and recorded Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Don Luigi in Maria Padilla, Pylade in Iphigénie en Tauride, Avito in L’amore dei tre re and Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, as well as Beethoven Symphony No. 9. He returned in Spring 2016 to sing Prince Hal in At the Boar’s Head, now available on Dux CD and nominated in the Opera Category for the 2017 International Classical Music Awards.
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
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W. A. Mozart
MAY 4 | 7 | 10 | 12 | 2019
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
THE MOST BELOVED OF COMIC OPERAS
The wily Figaro and his love, Susanna, are set to marry, but Count Almaviva is intent on seducing the bride-to-be—stoking not only the couple’s ire, but the frustrations of the long-suffering Countess. What unfolds is hilarious chaos set to a sparkling score.
Upcoming engagements a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the world premiere of An American Soldier for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. His most recent acclaimed productions include La Bohème (Opera Colorado), A Little Night Music (Des Moines Metro Opera/Houston Grand Opera), Sweeney Todd (Skylight Music Theater), Celebrating Placido Domingo (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Madama Butterfly (Arizona Opera), Don Quichotte (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Romeo and Juliet (Minnesota Opera), Frankenstein (West Edge Opera), L’Opera Seria (American Premiere at Wolf Trap Opera), and After the Storm (World Premiere at Houston Grand Opera).
Simone AlberghiniCount Almaviva
Recent engagements include Guillaume Tell at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and in Bologna; Donizetti’s Il furioso all’ isola di San Domingo at the Donizetti Musica Festival in Bergamo and on tour in Italy; L’Elisir d’Amore in Washington; Anna Bolena at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow; Così fan tutte in Bologna and Firenze; Don Giovanni at the Perm State Opera under Teodor Currentzis; La Bohème in Tenerife and in Palermo; Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Toulon; La Cenerentola in Washington, Naples and Gothenburg; Mozart’s Requiem in Turin with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai; La Gazza Ladra at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Il Trovatore in Tenerife; Il Turco in Italia in Ravenna; Donizetti’s Requiem with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra; and Carmen in Bologna.
Ellie DehnCountess Almaviva
In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Dehn makes her role debut as the title role in Massenet’s Manon at the San Francisco Opera opposite tenor Michael Fabiano; makes her company debut at Dallas Opera as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève as the Countess in Figaro Gets a Divorce, a modern addition to the Figaro trilogy composed by Elena Langer; and will reprise the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli. Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah at Saint Thomas Church in New York City and with the Florida Orchestra.
Ms. Dehn’s 2016-2017 season included her company debut at the Teatro di San Carlo as Musetta in La Bohème, and her return to San Francisco Opera in the same role under the baton of Maestro Carlo Montanaro. She also returned to San Diego Opera for her role debut as Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff.
Future projects include returns to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and her debut with Virginia Opera. Recent highlights include Nanetta in Falstaff in her San Deigo Opera debut; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Komische Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Portland Opera, Washington National Opera, Edingburgh International Festival, Opera Colorado, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera Philadelphia, Portland Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, and Tulsa Opera; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera Cleveland; and her mainstage debut with Seattle Opera as Léïla in Les pêcheurs de perles.
McKay is a former member of Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program and was a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera Company. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia (summa cum laude) and her Master of Music at The Ohio State University.
Most recently, Kuster returned to Dallas Opera as Dr. Grenvil in La traviata and Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila. Last season, he performed the role of Escamillo in Peter Brook’s La tragédie of Carmen with San Diego Opera, Don Basilio in On Site Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, Colline in La bohème with The Charleston Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Florida Grand Opera, a concert titled “Arias and Ensembles” with Dallas Opera, and a concert with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include the title role in Sister Carrie with Florentine Opera; Amore in L’abore di Diana and Lucy Talbot in Dinner at Eight with Minnesota Opera; the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with Berkshire Opera Festival; Handel’s Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Quad City Symphony and the Colorado Symphony; and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Adriana’s 2017-2018 season includes appearances as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Handel & Haydn Society, Manja in the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me with Opera Colorado, and Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas with both San Diego Opera and Madison Opera.
Optional Add-On to 2018-19 Subscription SOLD OUT!
FEBRUARY 23 | 25 | 26 | 28 | MARCH 1 | 2019
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
INTIMATE WORKS IN AN INTIMATE SETTING
Opera Colorado transforms one of the galleries of the new Kirkland Museum for Fine & Decorative Art into a 100-seat theater for this double-bill of one-act operas—the first an afterlife conversation between artistic giants Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, the second a spotlight on jazz-age icon and civil rights activist Josephine Baker. Seating is extremely limited!
Upcoming engagements include the Boston Conservatory Opera program in Valencia, Spain; debuts with the Miami Music Festival and Peninsula Music Festival; and a return to the Lakes Area Music Festival in the summer of 2018.
Altenbach is Music Director of Opera at the Boston Conservatory and serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble as well as Music Director of the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. He recently served as Artistic Director of the Boston Opera Collaborative and has held coaching and conducting staff positions with several prestigious American opera companies, including the Santa Fe Opera, Music Academy of the West, Cincinnati Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Merola Program.
Omer Ben SeadiaDirector
Ms. Ben Seadia’s various directing credits include the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me at Opera Colorado; a revival production of Tosca at Houston Grand Opera; an original production of L’italiana in Algeri and a revival production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Opera Santa Barbara; the regional premiere of Considering Matthew Shephard, a fusion oratorio by Grammy nominee Craig Hella Johnson, produced by Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble; Pursuing the Dream and Let’s Cook Up an Opera at Cincinnati.