Sep27

Meet the Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave

By: Bethany Wood The modern American librettist Mark Campbell likens the role of an opera librettist to an architect. A librettist uses words to create the foundation and structure upon which the composer creates a masterpiece. Campbell says, “A...

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Sep22

Meet the Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

By: Bethany Wood “I adored and I adore this art; and when I am alone and am wrestling with my notes, then my heart pounds, tears stream from my eyes, and the emotions and pleasures are beyond description.” —...

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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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Mar24

American Song: Inspired Program Notes

Each spring Cherity Koepke, our Director of Education & Community Engagement and the Director of the Artist in Residence Program, creates a performance showcasing songs by American composers. Here at Opera Colorado, our mission is to connect our Colorado...

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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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Jan5

Meet the Composer: Paul Moravec

By: Angelica DiIorio Music has been an important part of composer Paul Moravec’s life from a young age. His interest in composition helped guide everything from what he studied to the career he built. Moravec has composed over 100...

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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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