Oct6

Rigoletto 101—Musical Style

By: Betsy Schwarm Many performing arts fans are familiar with the tales of Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885). From Les Miserables to The Hunchback of Notre Dame to Le roi s’amuse (The King’s Diversions), the stories are well-known. If...

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Aug23

Cavalleria rusticana 101—Musical Style

By: Betsy Schwarm In 1888, Pietro Mascagni (1863 – 1945) heard of a competition for one-act operas. With four complete operas to his name, the Italian composer was on the verge of submitting one excerpted act of his historical...

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Feb10

The Shining 101 – The Creation of an Opera

By: Betsy Schwarm Put the iconic image of a leering, sneering Jack Nicholson out of your mind. Set aside those oft-quoted lines: “Here’s Johnny” and “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” That’s the film by...

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Jan11

Pagliacci 101. Part 1

By Kelly Maxwell “Imagine those paired theater masks: one laughing and one weeping. It’s a familiar image, one in use since ancient Greece where the masks served to delineate characters in a stage production. In the world of opera,...

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Jan11

Pagliacci 101. Part 2

By Kelly Maxwell If you ask anyone to hum a melody from an opera, even if they have never seen an opera, they are very likely to hum the iconic line from Pagliacci. The soaring tenor line of “Vesti...

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Oct1

Barber of Seville 101

By Kelly Maxwell When it comes to opera, it is hard to find a more recognizable score than The Barber of Seville. From the iconic overture, to the finale, Rossini’s masterpiece is one of the most widely performed operas...

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Mar11

The Marriage of Figaro Synopsis

Opera Colorado’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro runs May 4–12, 2019. For tickets and information, click here. To read a program note about The Marriage of Figaro, click here. Characters Susanna, maid-servant to the Countess soprano Countess Almaviva soprano Marcellina,...

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Mar11

About The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Colorado’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro runs May 4–12, 2019. For tickets and information, click here. To read a synopsis of The Marriage of Figaro, click here. Program Note This first of three collaborations between composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and...

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Nov5

About La Traviata

Opera Colorado’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata runs November 3-11, 2018. For tickets and information, click here. To read a synopsis of La Traviata, click here. Program Note Just because an opera is a masterpiece doesn’t mean that the audience at its premiere...

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Nov5

La Traviata Synopsis

Opera Colorado’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata runs November 3-11, 2018. For tickets and information, click here. To read a program note about La Traviata, click here. Characters Violetta Valéry soprano Annina, Violetta’s maid soprano Flora, Violetta’s friend mezzo-soprano Alfredo Germont tenor...

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