Opera Innovators: Louisa Muller

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 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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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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Q & A with Melissa Citro

By: Suzanne Whitney Soprano Melissa Citro’s return to Opera Colorado has been a long time coming. As many will remember, this production of Puccini’s Tosca was originally scheduled for May of 2020. So, to say it is a joy...

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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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Tosca 101 – Characters and Synopsis

By: Suzanne Whitney “I lived for art. I lived for love.” These famous words of Floria Tosca have endeared her to so many opera lovers over the years. And while Puccini’s Tosca holds many beautiful moments of tenderness, this...

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