Press Release

Return to Three Production Season in 2016-17 Features Diverse Lineup of Both New and Classic Works

Event Date: 
9 November 2015
Denver, CO

Including an inventive new staging of Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West; the Colorado premiere of As One, a groundbreaking multimedia chamber opera by Laura Kaminsky; and Gaetano Donizetti’s classic work Lucia di Lammermoor

Today, Opera Colorado announced the highly anticipated return to a three-production season that will broaden the scope of its programming and further extend the Company’s reach into the community. Beginning in November 2016, the expanded new season launches Opera Colorado into an exciting new era in the Company’s history, as it commences a five-year strategic plan to increase artistic and educational offerings throughout Denver and Colorado, generate new audience development initiatives, and establish a new artistic vision.  

“Opera Colorado has been building towards this announcement over the past two years—our higher-than-anticipated ticket sales and sold-out performances confirm that there is a strong and growing audience for opera in Denver,” said Greg Carpenter, General Director. “At the same time, we have been putting the building blocks in place to ensure a strong financial foundation for the company’s future and an inspired artistic vision working with Ari Pelto, our first Music Director. The upcoming season is the beginning of a very new and progressive future for our Company, in which we give our audiences beloved classic productions while continuing to support new and rarely performed works, extending Opera’s reach beyond the walls of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.”

The 2016-17 season embraces a new artistic vision that continues Opera Colorado’s commitment to presenting contemporary and classic opera repertoire while expanding the Company’s repertoire to include one production per year of a new or rarely performed work in a more intimate setting, where the audience can experience opera on a more personal level.

  • An innovative new  Opera Colorado production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West—a work depicting a mining community during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s that is widely regarded for its impressive orchestration and intensely dramatic vocal writing—will set the work in Colorado. Opera Colorado will partner with History Colorado, and the Denver Public Library to develop a video backdrop for the story that includes historical photos reflecting the state’s rich mining history (November 2016, Ellie Caulkins Opera House);
  • The Colorado premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s unique production As One will bring a fully staged opera outside of the Company’s walls for the first time with a presentation in the L2 Church in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood. This new, 75-minute chamber opera depicts the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. Two singers, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, together portray the character Hannah. The work is inspired in part by the life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker Kimberly Reed. (January 2017, L2 Church); and
  • The season will close with a traditional Grand Opera production of Gaetano Donizetti’s dark and tragic Lucia di Lammermoor—following a young woman’s decline into madness as a result of a feud between her family and the man she loves (May 2017, Ellie Caulkins Opera House).
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