2014-2015 & 2015-2016
FOUR EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN.
FOUR UNFORGETTABLE OPERAS.
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NOVEMBER 2014 15 | 18 | 21 | 23 GIACOMO PUCCINI ARI PELTO Conductor
KETURAH STICKANN Director
SHU-YING LI Cio-Cio San
ERICA BROOKHYSER Suzuki
DINYAR VANIA B.F. Pinkerton
Giacomo Puccini’s tragic tale of a 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 clash of cultures and her ultimate sacrifice. “ Madame 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.
SINGLE TICKETS $160 - $15 Ari Pelto’s appearance is sponsored by Dave and Pam Duke. The 2014-2015 Season is sponsored by Ken and Donna Barrow.
MAY 2015 2 | 5 | 8 | 10 W.A. MOZART JOSEPH MECHAVICH Conductor
DANIEL WITZKE Director
MAUREEN MCKAY Pamina
JONATHAN BOYD Tamino
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.
SINGLE TICKETS $160 - $15 The 2014-2015 Season is sponsored by Ken and Donna Barrow.
NOVEMBER 2015 7 | 10 | 13 | 15 GIUSEPPE VERDI ARI PELTO Conductor
DAVID GATELY Director
ALEXANDRA LOBIANCO Aida
CARL TANNER Radames
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
CATHERINE MARTIN Amneris
Sung in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.
MARCO NISTICÒ Amonasro
The 2015-2016 Season is sponsored by Ken and Donna Barrow.
WORLD PREMIERE LORI LAITMAN ARI PELTO Conductor
BETH GREENBERG Director
DOMINIC ARMSTRONG Arthur Dimmesdale
MAY 2016 7 | 10 | 13 | 15
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 for the Arts and Opera America.
The 2015-2016 Season is sponsored by Ken and Donna Barrow.
H A P P E N I N G S
AT OPERA COLORADO OPERA COLORADO ENSEMBLE AT THE MEET THE ARTISTS Come down to the Ellie Caulkins Opera CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL
As a part of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, stop by the Grand Center Court inside Cherry Creek Shopping Center on the Fourth of July Weekend to hear the Opera Colorado Ensemble perform favorites from classic opera repertoire. Sat., July 5, 2014 | 1 – 4PM Cherry Creek Shopping Center Free performance, tickets not required.
Be the first to get your single tickets for 2014-2015 performances. Street parking is free downtown on Sundays. Come to Patron Day at the Performing Arts Complex, enjoy refreshments, purchase single or season tickets and make exchanges. All with no handling fees. Sun., August 17, 2014 11AM – 3PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House
YOUNG ARTISTS WELCOME
Opera Colorado’s Young Artists are emerging professional opera singers taking steps to transition from students to performing artists. Welcome the 2014-2015 Young Artists to Colorado by attending a recital to hear them sing and meet them. Young Artists play a vital role as the voice and face of Opera Colorado in the community. They perform throughout the season in school and community centers across the State. Sun., October 19, 2014 | 2PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House Loft Free for Diva Circle and above donors. General Admission $10
House Loft during your lunch hour to hear discussions about Opera Colorado’s productions with General Director Greg Carpenter, the singers, conductor and director. Madama Butterfly Artists Wed., November 5, 2014 | 12PM The Magic Flute Artists Wed., April 22, 2015 | 12PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House Loft
Sitzprobe n. German: A first on-stage rehearsal of an opera with singers and musicians but without scenery or costumes. Enjoy a buffet brunch at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House, then come to this exclusive insiders experience - the Sitzprobe rehearsal of Madama Butterfly. Sun., Nov. 9, 2014 12PM Brunch | 2PM Rehearsal Free for Red Dot Member and above donors. $35 per person for all other donors.
OPENING NIGHT DINNER
Join Opera Colorado for opening night festivities. Enjoy an all-inclusive dining experience at The Four Seasons Hotel before the performance. Cocktails begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by a delicious three-course dinner. Madama Butterfly Sat., November 15, 2014 | 5PM The Magic Flute Sat., May 2, 2015 | 5PM The Four Seasons Hotel 1111 14th St., Denver $125 per person per dinner Ticket to the opera sold separately. Visit OperaColorado.org to order.
A new initiative for Gen X and Millennial Professionals to network in an elegant, chic environment and to experience one of Colorado’s premier performing arts companies. Madama Butterfly Tues., November 18, 2014 5:30PM @ The Edge Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel 7:30PM @ The Ellie Caulkins Opera House The Magic Flute Tues., May 5, 2015 5:30PM @ The Edge Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel 7:30PM @ The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR
Get your holiday shopping done and support Opera Colorado at the same time. Enjoy a free performance by the Opera Colorado Ensemble of opera, musical theatre and holiday favorites. A percentage of your purchase goes directly to support Opera Colorado. Sat., December 6, 2014 | 1PM Barnes & Noble 960 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale
OPERA COLORADO GALA 2015
In support of Opera Colorado’s Education & Community Engagement Programs, Gala 2015 will feature soprano Monica Yunus in an intimate performance with the audience seated on the stage in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The evening will include cocktails, the performance, dinner by Kevin Taylor, dessert and dancing in the lobby.
FAMILY DAY AT THE OPERA
For the entire family! Starring Opera Colorado’s Young Artists performing the company’s touring production of Hansel & Gretel sung in English. Explore the wonders of opera and the opera house. Sat., February 7, 2015 | 1PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House RSVP for free tickets at OCFamilyDay.eventbrite.com.
LONE TREE ARTS CENTER: ARIAS & ENSEMBLES AND ROMEO & JULIET
This two-act performance starts with Arias & Ensembles featuring some of opera’s greatest hits, and the second act showcases an abridged version of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. Opera Colorado’s Young Artists bring talent and vocal prowess to this classic tale in a performance any opera fan or novice will enjoy. Wed., February 11, 2015 Lone Tree Arts Center 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree Contact Lone Tree Arts Center for tickets.
ARIAS & ENSEMBLES
A concert-style experience, this program features highlights from operatic and musical theatre repertoire. Opera Colorado Young Artists perform this free concert at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver. Tues., April 14, 2015 | 12PM St. John’s Cathedral 1350 Washington St., Denver This performance is free to the public.
Fri., February 6, 2015 | 6PM Ellie Caulkins Opera House For underwriting and ticket information, please call 303.468.2029 or visit OperaColorado.org.
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Calling all Gen X and Millennial Professionals to network in an elegant, chic environment and to experience one of Colorado’s premier performing arts companies. Enjoy appetizers and drinks at The Edge Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel from 5:30-7:00. Following the networking event, we walk across the street to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for a 7:30 performance. The Edge Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel & Ellie Caulkins Opera House Madama Butterfly | Tues., November 18, 2014 The Magic Flute | Tues., May 5, 2015 Inside OC Package: $259 Inside OC Individual Event/Performance: $149
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OUTREACH
In-school and community programs bring Opera Colorado into your classroom or community center. Experience and learn about opera in a relaxed environment. Presented by Opera Colorado’s Arts Education Specialists and Young Artists, these programs bring the stories that sing to life with performances that authentically engage audiences. • Opera On Tour • In-School Workshops • Arias & Ensembles • Opera in a Trunk
Students and teachers have the opportunity to experience live performances and backstage workshops in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, taking a closer look at the world of opera and learning first-hand about the music, the stories and the business of creating world-class opera productions. • Student Matinee • Student Dress Rehearsals • Backstage Workshops
An in-school program, Generation OC is a unique residency program that provides students with a well-rounded and exciting opportunity to explore careers in the arts as they go behind the scenes. Curriculum concentration options include Marketing, Performance or Literature, and Page to Stage since 2007.
For more information or to schedule Education & Community Engagement Programs, please contact Cherity Koepke at 303.778.0371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT IS A PLEASURE TO PRESENT FOUR EXCITING OPERAS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS THAT REPRESENT THE FULL SPECTRUM OF HUMAN EMOTION. From hearts that burst with joy to those destroyed by shame and grief, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Aida and The Scarlet Letter contain the perfect marriage of remarkable music and gripping human drama. Likewise, they represent 225 years of opera history. From the world premiere of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in 1791 to the world premiere Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter in 2016, the repertoire I have selected spans the full gamut of styles, revering the time honored traditions of the operatic art form while expanding its boundaries with new work. Whereas opera brings together many great art forms – music, drama, scenic art and dance – it is also the most expensive to produce. Over 200 individuals can be employed for one opera production, from singers, directors, conductors and orchestral musicians, to stage hands, costume and wig personnel and supertitle operator. Each of these individuals play an important role in making your opera going experience memorable. I hope that you will take the opportunity TODAY to join our family of season ticket holders and contributors. While growing our audience helps ensure that each of our performances have a full house, the income derived from ticket sales only covers approximately 40% of the cost of an opera production, leaving the remaining 60% to be attained through contributions from generous donors. That’s why your tax-deductible gift is so important to maintaining high artistic standards and resilient finances. Join us today and experience the passion and excitement of Opera Colorado.
GREG CARPENTER General Director
BE A VOICE FOR OPERA COLORADO AND INCLUDE A CONTRIBUTION WITH YOUR SEASON TICKET ORDER “I come to Opera Colorado to see the opera, I volunteer at Opera Colorado because I want to help the opera community, and I donate to Opera Colorado because I want opera to thrive in this community. I want Opera Colorado to be everybody’s Met.”
– TERRY FRAZIER Season Ticket Holder, Donor and Volunteer
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Performances take place on Saturday, Tuesday and Friday at 7:30PM, and on Sunday with a matinée performance at 2PM. All performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis Streets, in downtown Denver.
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2014-2015 | MADAMA BUTTERFLY AND THE MAGIC FLUTE Please circle your preferred day of the week and price.
Sat. 7:30PM Tues. 7:30PM Fri. 7:30PM Sun. Matinée 2PM
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MADAMA BUTTERFLY, THE MAGIC FLUTE, AIDA AND THE SCARLET LETTER Please circle your preferred day of the week and price.
Sat. 7:30PM Tues. 7:30PM Fri. 7:30PM Sun. Matinée 2PM
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Networking event and performance Tues. 7:30PM
Madama Butterfly & The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute
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SINGLE TICKETS In-person presale for Madama Butterfly and The Magic Flute is on Patron Day, August 17, 2014 (see page 9 for details). Online and phone orders begin on August 18, 2014 @ 10AM.
Single ticket online and phone orders subject to handling fees. Single tickets for Aida and The Scarlet Letter go on sale in 2015.
Sat., Fri. & Sun. Matinée Tuesday
Season Ticket prices include one ticket to each opera. Season tickets are listed at a discount price, additional discounts do not apply. An 11% City and County of Denver seat tax is included in all tickets. Artists are subject to change without notice. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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