Q & A with Baritone Luis Ledesma

By: Angelica DiIorio Baritone Luis Ledesma is making his mainstage debut at Opera Colorado, following his performance in Canciones de Nuestras Tierras (Songs of Our Homelands) at Denver Botanical Gardens this past May. A true performer, Luis can easily...

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Tosca 101 – Musical Themes

By: Betsy Schwarm Vibrant, compelling, and unforgettable: that’s Tosca (1900) by Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924). It’s also true of the play La Tosca (1887) by Victorien Sardou (1831–1908). Sardou wrote it especially for legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923), who brought...

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During the Opera

By: Angelica DiIorio You bought tickets, found parking, and made it through the line. Now is your time to simply enjoy the opera! But wait, you might have a couple of questions before you can fully sit back and...

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Q & A with Melissa Citro

By: Suzanne Whitney Soprano Melissa Citro’s return to Opera Colorado has been a long time coming. As many will remember, this production of Puccini’s Tosca was originally scheduled for May of 2020. So, to say it is a joy...

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Tosca 101 – Setting and Scenery

By: Angelica DiIorio and Bethany Wood Have you ever wanted to visit Italy? Maybe Rome in the summer. How about time travel? Rome in the 1800s sounds refreshing—just watch out for Napoleon and his invading soldiers! Visiting Italy may...

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Before the Opera

By: Suzanne Whitney Opera has a long and rich history. The history and traditions are fun for those in the know, but can be a barrier to entry for opera newbies. So many questions come up surrounding not just...

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Tosca 101 – Characters and Synopsis

By: Suzanne Whitney “I lived for art. I lived for love.” These famous words of Floria Tosca have endeared her to so many opera lovers over the years. And while Puccini’s Tosca holds many beautiful moments of tenderness, this...

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What Is Opera Buffa?

By: Suzanne Whitney  Opera can be an intimidating genre of music. The performances are long, often sung in a foreign language, and there are so many different terms to learn and remember! Well, we are here to clear things...

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Q & A With Vee Butler & Bethany Wood

By: Suzanne Whitney As part of our OC Stories blog series, we’re introducing you to the people that make Opera Colorado work. We are delighted to say that the Opera Colorado team is growing! For this installment, we took...

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