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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Tom Cipullo’s After Life & Josephine

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Music by Tom Cipullo
Librettos by David Mason (After Life) and Tom Cipullo (Josephine)

February 23, 25, 26, 28, March 1 | 2019
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Performed in English


Opera Colorado transforms one of the galleries of the new Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art into a 140-seat theater for this double-bill of one-act operas—the first an afterlife conversation between artistic giants Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, the second a spotlight on jazz-age icon and civil rights activist Josephine Baker.

After Life was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and was premiered on May 11, 2015 at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA.


After Life & Josephine is Sponsored by

Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust

Click to Read Synopses for After LifeJosephine
Click to Read Composer Tom Cipullo’s Notes on After Life Josephine
Click to Download the Libretto for After Life, by David Mason

Estimated Length: This double-bill of one-act operas will run approximately 90 minutes from start to finish.

 Josephine: 30 minutes
 Brief Pause: 10 minutes*
After Life: 50 minutes

*Please be aware that, due to the intimate nature of the performance space, there will be no intermission between operas. A brief pause of approximately ten minutes will take place for a scenery change, but patrons are asked to please remain seated during this time. 

There will be no late seating. Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive up to an hour prior to their performance start and enjoy exploring the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

Wait List for Tickets: All performances of After Life & Josephine are sold out. To add your name to the wait list for tickets, please call 303.468.2030 or fill out this form. There is a limit of two tickets per patron.


  • February 23 2019
  • February 25 2019
  • February 26 2019
  • February 28 2019
  • March 01 2019
07:00, pm - 10:00, pm
  • 07:00, pm - 10:00, pm
  • 02:00, pm - 05:00, pm
  • 07:00, pm - 10:00, pm
  • 07:00, pm - 10:00, pm
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Laquita Mitchell

Josephine Baker | Bio

Kira Dills-DeSurra

Gertrude Stein | Bio

Nicholas Kreider

Pablo Picasso | Bio

Rebekah Howell

Barbarina | Bio

Creative Team

Tom Cipullo

Composer | Bio

David Mason

Librettist | Bio

Andrew Altenbach

Conductor | Bio

Omer Ben Seadia

Director | Bio

Ann Piano

Costume Designer | Bio

Molly Tiede

Lighting Designer | Bio

Ronell Oliveri

Wig & Makeup Design | Bio