A Portrait of Obsession

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 painter unraveled by grief over the death of his wife, Marie. Even the city he lives in—Bruges—haunts him. Life is turned upside down when Paul meets the bright and passionate Marietta, the mirror image of Marie. This psychological drama filled with lush cinematic music will leave you questioning what is real and what is only a dream.

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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.

Estimated Length:  2 hours, and 17 minutes

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All-new sets and costumes will be designed by Robert Perdziola.


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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 & Janet Ellen Raasch, with additional support from Gerald & Ann Saul, Jeff Baldwin, and Joyce de Roos.
The 40th Anniversary Season is generously sponsored by Marcia & Dick Robinson.



Jonathan Burton

Paul | Bio

Sara Gartland

Marie/Marietta (staging) | Bio

Kara Shay Thomson

Marie/Marietta (vocals) | Bio

Daniel Belcher

Frank/Fritz | Bio

Elizabeth Bishop

Brigitte | 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
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Robert Perdziola

Set & Costume Designer | Bio
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Yi Zhao

Lighting Designer | Bio

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Die tote Stadt
(The Dead City)

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