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Join Opera Colorado for two dazzling seasons, featuring beloved favorites and a world premiere. Performances in 2014, 2015 and 2016 feature strong and important female characters which will spotlight several of today’s most highly sought-after opera stars.

“The operas we are planning over the next few years represent the full spectrum of our artistic vision. Artistic Advisor Ari Pelto and I have assembled outstanding casts for these great works, including many singers making their Opera Colorado debuts.”  - Greg Carpenter, General Director

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Take advantage of the opportunity to secure the best seats for both the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 seasons. Renew your tickets for 2014-2015, and purchase your 2015-2016* season tickets now to lock in prices.





You will need your account number and zip code to renew your season tickets online.

*For current season ticket holders who opt to renew just the 2014-2015 season at this time, Opera Colorado will still hold their seats for the 2015-2016 season.

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
November 15 | 18 | 21 | 23  2014
Ari Pelto, Conductor
Keturah Stickann, Director
Xiu Ying Li, Cio-Cio San
Erica Brookhyser, Suzuki
Dinyar Vania, B.F. Pinkerton
John Hancock, Sharpless

Giacomo Puccini’s tragic tale of the beautiful young Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American Naval Officer at the dawn of the 20th century; classic elegance meets a timeless work. This traditional production and stunning music will bring to life both the costumes and sets will bring to life both the clash of cultures and her ultimate sacrifice.

“Madama Butterfly is the role for me. Singing this role is more difficult than some of the other roles I feel. There is always a great challenge not only from the vocal technique but also from the character’s dramatic transformation and body movement.” – Shu-Ying Li

Sung in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat. Ari Pelto’s appearance is sponsored by Dave and Pam Duke.


The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart
May 2 | 5 | 8 | 10    2015
Joseph Mechavich, Conductor
Daniel Witzke, Director
Maureen McKay, Pamina
Jonathan Boyd, Tamino
Daniel Belcher, Papageno
So Young Park, Queen of the Night

Handsome Tamino is coerced into killing the high priest Sarastro while rescuing Pamina, the beautiful daughter of the Queen of the Night. He journeys far and wide to find her and along the way he meets a cast of unusual characters, many in the service of the evil Queen. This new Opera Colorado production focuses on the triumph of good over evil and what we do when faced with difficult decisions.

“Armed with a silvery, precisely aimed voice, natural stage presence and the kind of beautifully detailed acting you don’t see often enough on the operatic stage, McKay turned in a smart, sexy and thoroughly charming performance.” – WASHINGTON POST

Sung in German with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.


Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
November 7 | 10 | 13 | 15  2015
Ari Pelto, Conductor
David Gately, Director
Alexandra Lobianco, Aida
Carl Tanner as Radames
Catherine Martin, Amneris
Marco Nistico, Amonasro

Amid the splendor of the Pharaohs, Verdi’s Aida creates a love triangle for all time. Ripe with the complexities of loyalties and jealousies during a time of war and conquest, two strong women test their fate to win the man whom they both love. Verdi’s vivid music, along with grand opera’s costumes and sets make this production an experience with all of the best that opera offers. Alexandra Lobianco has a beautifully
steely voice.” – ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Sung in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.


World Premiere
The Scarlet Letter by Lori Laitman
May 7 | 10 | 13 | 15  2016
Ari Pelto, Conductor
Beth Greenberg, Director
Elizabeth Futral, Hester Prynne
Dominic Armstrong, Arthur Dimmesdale

Love finds a voice in our world premiere of The Scarlet Letter, a dramatic new adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel with libretto written by Colorado’s Poet Laureate David Mason. It’s a morality play of rigid judgment, heart-wrenching betrayal and redemptive love brought to life through stunning performances, dramatic set design and incredible music. Like Hester, you’ll discover that sin, while a failing, is essential to the human experience.

“To create one of the best-known characters from American literature will be a thrilling opportunity. Especially as she is delineated through the deft lyricism of Lori Laitman’s score…a sheer luxury!” – ELIZABETH FUTRAL, SOPRANO

Sung in English with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.

The Scarlet Letter is sponsored by Ken and Donna Barrow, Dave and Pam Duke, Noël and Thomas Congdon, National Endowment