Opera Innovators: Mark Campbell and Paul Moravec

By: Suzanne Whitney Throughout opera’s history, composers, librettists, directors, and artists of all kinds have contributed to this ever-evolving art form. Despite the public perception of opera being a bit stodgy, today’s operatic artists are trying out new and...

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Q & A with Edward Parks

By: Jennifer Colgan GRAMMY® Award-winning baritone Edward Parks makes his Opera Colorado debut this winter as the iconic Jack Torrance in Moravec and Campbell’s The Shining, on stage at the Ellie starting February 26. Along with being a prolific...

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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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The Stanley Hotel: A Piece of Colorado History

By: Bethany Wood & Jennifer Colgan Nestled in among the majestic peaks of Rocky Mountain National Parks lies The Stanley Hotel, a beautiful and historic retreat, but one fateful visit in 1974 changed the story of this hotel forever....

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Opera Explained: Doubling Roles

By: Jennifer Colgan Why do we double roles? Have you ever been enjoying a night at the theater or opera, and seen the same artist in multiple roles? It’s more common than you think. The reasons this happens are...

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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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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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The Shining 101 – Characters and Synopsis

By: Suzanne Whitney & Bethany Wood In February and March of 2022, Opera Colorado presents the regional premiere of Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s opera The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King. It may seem unnecessary to...

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