Oct13

OC Stories—Mike Griebl Scenic Supervisor

By: Angelica DiIorio Neither snow nor rain nor heat has kept Scenic Supervisor Mike Griebl from ensuring the sets of Rigoletto are ready for opening night. In a career spanning more than twenty years, Mr. Griebl has supervised the...

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Oct11

Rigoletto Was a Banned Book

By: Angelica DiIorio and Bethany Wood Art and literature can be very provocative. The arts can challenge people to look at the world around them in new ways and ask questions. While this very trait is what makes art...

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Sep29

Top Ten Italian Words in Rigoletto

By: Angelica DiIorio Rigoletto is one of composer Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces. He was Italian, if you couldn’t tell by the name. Rigoletto is performed in Italian and set in Mantua, Italy—a city between Milan and Venice. While Italian is...

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Aug12

What the Opera Colorado Staff Did Last Summer

By: Angelica DiIorio When the curtain closed on our May 2022 production of Carmen, the Opera Colorado staff had a little downtime before fully kicking off our 40th Anniversary Season this fall. While we used this time to prepare...

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Jul15

AN OPERA PLAYLIST FOR COLORADO NATIONAL PARKS

By: Angelica DiIorio Many Coloradans love exploring the great outdoors. We have some music recommendations for your summer adventures inspired by the national parks of Colorado. These arias provide a wonderful soundtrack for any hike, run, or walk. Enjoy...

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May3

Guide Dogs In Training at the Opera

By: Angelica DiIorio In historic buildings, it is easy to wonder who could have occupied the same seat as you. The Ellie Caulkins Opera House has tens of thousands of incredible patrons who attend the opera, the ballet, and...

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Apr26

Top Ten French Words in Carmen

By: Angelica DiIorio We at Opera Colorado are excited to close our 2021-22 Season with the well-known opera Carmen. The composer Georges Bizet was born in Paris and the opera is performed in his native French. However, you do...

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Apr8

Carmen 101—Carmen in Pop Culture

By: Angelica DiIorio What do Doritos, The Muppets, and the Olympics all have in common? You would never guess it, but the answer is opera, specifically the “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen. You have probably heard the “Habanera” somewhere before,...

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Mar15

New Sets for The Pirates of Penzance

By: Angelica DiIorio The scenery is an integral part of any production—it invites the audience to be a part of the story. For many operas, sets are created and shared among opera houses, giving each production a classic feel....

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