Behind the Curtain: Forty Years Outdated & A lot To Look Ahead To






By: Greg Carpenter, The Ellie Caulkins Common & Inventive Director

Many individuals ask me how I put collectively every season, and infrequently they assume I simply current a season of my favourite operas. Likewise, I often get requested what my favourite operas are and why. As we head into this celebratory fortieth Anniversary Season, I’d love to attract again the curtain and share some solutions.

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How will we select a season?

We’ve lists of operas that fall into a number of classes, like blockbuster items, customary repertoire, lesser-known works, new works, and infrequently carried out works. I work collaboratively with Music Director Ari Pelto to select from these lists to create a season that has one thing for everybody—from the educated opera fan to the first-time attendee, to the adventurous music lover.

What’s my favourite opera?

The reply is that there are A LOT of operas that I really like for various causes. Oddly sufficient, our fortieth Anniversary Season does embrace 4 of my favourite operas and represents that excellent mixture of classes. Right here’s why I’m enthusiastic about what we’re presenting this season.

Cavalleria Rusticana

This opera was the right approach to open our season on September 10! Cavalleria rusticana is usually overshadowed by the better recognition of its mate Pagliacci. These two seventy-minute one-act operas are historically carried out as a double invoice. For me, Cavalleria Rusticana is such an vital work of verismo opera. Its gritty plot makes you’re feeling like you’re in a small Sicilian village the place everybody is aware of every part about everybody—gossip and intrigue run wild. It’s the Nineteenth Century’s model of a primetime TV drama. Take into consideration Dallas and Falcon Crest! The music is beautiful, filled with ardour and drama, and the characters are individuals you’re keen on, hate, and sympathize with. In our semi-staged manufacturing to have fun the opening of this monumental season, we deal with the unimaginable music, nice singing from our artists and refrain, and our orchestra’s very good music-making below Maestro Pelto’s management.

Mezzo-Soprano Kira Dills-DeSurra on stage at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Kira Dills-DeSurra alongside aspect the Opera Colorado Refrain and Orchestra within the 2022 manufacturing of Cavalleria rusiticana.


A man in 16th century jesters grab frowns into the camera while protectively grasping his daughter. Text reads: Rigoletto | Nov. 5, 8, 11, 13, 2022What’s to not like about Rigoletto? It has a few of Verdi’s biggest music wound round an unimaginable story the place revenge goes terribly incorrect. Whereas in lots of operas, the dangerous man finally will get his simply desserts, on this piece, he will get away with homicide. The twists and turns on this opera, coupled with the good music, at all times maintain me on the sting of my seat. And, with singing from the forged we’ve got assembled, you’ll have chills and thrills all night lengthy.

Die tote Stadt

An artist at an easel paints the portrait of a young woman with her back to the camera, a ghostly portrait of another woman looks on from above. Text reads Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) Feb. 25, 28, Mar. 3, 5, 2023Die tote Stadt is my all-time favourite opera, the one I take heed to incessantly. I’m moved to tears by the cinematic scope of the plush, romantic rating Korngold wrote, coupled with a surreal psychological drama that holds you in between desires and actuality. It’s a real Freudian drama. Erich Korngold was an Austrian Jew who fled Vienna simply earlier than the Anschluss and landed in Hollywood. Whereas he wrote unimaginable symphonies, concertos, chamber music, and operas, Korngold is finest identified for his movie scores of the late Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties. Errol Flinn’s Robin Hood is an ideal instance of his dramatic, pictorial writing. Die tote Stadt sounds very like Puccini, Wagner, and Strauss. It calls for an incredible deal from the singers and orchestra. Our manufacturing will probably be a feast on your eyes and ears and go away you wanting extra!


A woman stands in profile with an elaborate blue, green, and silver costume. She wears an ice-like crown and is surrounded by a stark spotlight. Text reads: Turandot | May 6, 9, 12, 14, 2023Within the fall of 1987, contemporary out of my Grasp’s Diploma in vocal efficiency, I joined the refrain of Cleveland Opera. That winter’s manufacturing was Turandot. The nice Allen Charles Klein designed the units and costumes for a brand-new manufacturing, and the incomparable Bliss Hebert directed the manufacturing. The set featured a grand, artwork deco gold dragon that took up all the stage. The costuming was opulent, and I bear in mind when the curtain went up each evening, the viewers went wild. That was my first expertise on the stage of a serious opera firm. It’s so thrilling that thirty-five years later, the identical set will probably be on stage on the Ellie Caulkins Opera Home for our manufacturing, directed by the superb rising expertise of Aria Umezawa. We’ve assembled a world-class forged to ship a few of Puccini’s most passionate and heart-stopping music. I can not consider a greater approach to wrap up a serious anniversary 12 months for Opera Colorado, besides don’t miss our Might 13, 2023, Gala that includes the famous person Joyce di Donato!

We stay up for celebrating this landmark anniversary with you all season lengthy. Be a part of us and share in a grand season of spectacular songs and tales.


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