Annual Celebration of American Song
Limited Availability – Sunday Performance Sold Out
May 21 at 7:00 p.m. and May 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Each spring, the Opera Colorado Artists in Residence perform a showcase celebrating American song at its finest. After more than a year of virtual performances, we are delighted to present this concert safely, live, and in person. Join us at Hampden Hall, located on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center, for a socially-distanced performance.
Enjoy performances of American songs spanning musical theater, cabaret, opera, and art song, all supporting this year’s theme, home.
Masks are required while at the performance, and all seating will be socially distanced. Seats will be assigned by order. Requests to be seated with guests outside your order will not be possible to accommodate.
Ticketing: $35 per person
Venue: Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Pwky, 2nd Floor, Englewood, CO 80110
Estimated Length: Approximately one hour, no intermission
Cherity KoepkeDirector of the Artist in Residence Program email@example.com
Ms. Koepke comes from a diverse performance background ranging from musical theater to stage plays to opera to cabaret. Ms. Koepke attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned a double Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Child Psychology & Behavioral Studies. After receiving her degrees, she continued to study theatre, becoming a Shakespearian trained actress through the Addison program, a partner program of the Royal Shakespeare Academy. She has performed such classical roles as Katherine (Taming of the Shrew), Ophelia (Hamlet), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing). Her professional operatic career began in 1999 with the Santa Fe Opera, first as a young artist and later a Resident Artist. Her operatic performance credits include Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Liu (Turandot), Musetta (La bohème), La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Norma (Norma).
A full lyric soprano, she has performed such iconic musical theater roles as Maria (The Sound of Music), both Eponine and Fantine (Les Misérables), Guinevere (Camelot), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls) and The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods). In 2001, Ms. Koepke won the prestigious Thespian Tribute award for her performance of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. In 2004 she received critical acclaim for her performance of the role of Claudia Draper in Tom Topor’s stage play, Nuts.
In 2005, Ms. Koepke began to focus her career in stage directing. Well-versed in multiple genres of theater, Ms. Koepke has directed productions such as The Cunning Little Vixen, Madama Butterfly, A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance, Inherit the Wind, The Tempest and A Lion in Winter.
Ms. Koepke began working with Opera Colorado in 2007, where she serves as the Director of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program and the Director of Education & Community Engagement. She creates the abridged scores for the company’s Touring Productions, translating the text and adapting the music as well as designing each production. She also serves as the lead dramatic coach and stage director for the program. She has directed Opera Colorado’s touring productions of Rossini’s Cinderella and The Barber of Seville, Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Bizet’s Carmen and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.
She is the creator of the American Song program for Opera Colorado which is now in its sixth season.
American Song: Home
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