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Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)

Music by Erich Korngold
Libretto by Julius Korngold
Premiered December 4, 1920, Hamburg State Opera (Hamburg, Germany)

Opera Colorado presents a new production of composer Erich Korngold’s rare operatic gem, Die tote Stadt (The Dead City). We follow Paul, a widowed artist unraveled by grief. Life is turned upside down when Paul meets the bright and passionate Marietta—the mirror image of his late wife, Marie. This haunting drama filled with lush cinematic music will leave you questioning what is real and what is only a dream.

February 25, 28 & March 3, 5 | 2023
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex
Performed in German, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat and English Supertitles above the stage.

Estimated Length:  2 hours, and 17 minutes

*Join us one hour prior to each performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for a free and insightful pre-performance.

Die tote Stadt is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor in honor of Dr. James K. Todd.
The Orchestra for
Die tote Stadt is sponsored by Kevin O’Connor and Janet Ellen Raasch.
The 40th Anniversary Season is generously sponsored by Marcia & Dick Robinson.
All-new sets and costumes will be designed by Robert Perdziola.


Bryan Hymel

Paul | Bio

Sara Gartland

Marie/Marietta | Bio

Daniel Belcher

Frank/Fritz | Bio

Elizabeth Bishop

Brigitte/Lucienne | Bio

Jonathan Johnson

Victorin/Gastone | Bio

Creative Team

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Ari Pelto

Conductor | Bio

Sahar Nouri

Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor | Bio

Chas Rader-Shieber

Director | Bio

Robert Perdziola

Set & Costume Designer | Bio
Yi Zhao Headshot

Yi Zhao

Lighting Designer | Bio

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Korngold’s Die tote Stadt

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