Apr19

Roma Stereotypes in Carmen

By: Bethany Wood As Jeremy Johnson, dramaturg for Houston Grand Opera explains, “Carmen has always been called a ‘g*psy,’ an exonym for the Romani people that has long been used as a pejorative slur, often to justify oppressive public...

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Jan12

Meet the Librettist: Mark Campbell

By: Angelica DiIorio In 2012, Mark Campbell was working at an advertising studio in a windowless room in Long Island City, New York when he got an email that changed his life. While Campbell’s 2004 work creating the libretto...

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Nov11

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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Nov4

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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Oct27

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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Oct6

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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Aug28

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: La Forza Del Destino

This month, I’m handing my August blog post off to our Music Director Ari Pelto. As Music Director, Ari leads our superb orchestra and work collaboratively with me on programming and artistic matters. Few can deny the tremendous impact...

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Oct29

La Traviata: Ari Pelto

Opera Colorado Music Director Ari Pelto. Photo: Opera Colorado/Kelly Maxwell By Kelly Maxwell Watching Opera Colorado Music Director Ari Pelto conduct a rehearsal is an exhausting and fascinating experience. Knowing that he doesn’t philosophically separate the musical score from...

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