Thursday, August 16, 2012

A relationship with Opera Colorado

As many of you know, Opera Colorado begins the celebration around our 30th Anniversary Season on September 22nd with our 30th Anniversary Gala.

30 years is a long time.

In the New York Times (August 8th) was an article titled "Uncertainty of Operatic Proportions" which included this:

So we may well be looking at many years of walking on eggshells. But the problems of opera in America predated the recession, and there’s never good reason to wait to address them: the stagnant repertory; the necessity of big stars, like Mr. Domingo, to sell almost anything; the focus on escapism over innovation and relevance. There is lots of “Aida,” lots of “Turandot,” even at companies, like the Minnesota Opera, that use their limited resources to advocate for new work and thoughtful theater.

The article focused on certain opera companies and the hardships they are facing. A point was made that some companies that used to bring new and rare operas no longer can afford to take that risk.

Fortunately, the artistic team here at Opera Colorado of Greg carpenter, our general Director, and Brad Trexell, our Director of Artistic Vision, is continually thinking of out-of-the-box seasons. Our 2013 Season is a great example, one that includes the classics as well as a World Premiere of The Scarlet Letter.

None of this is possible without the incredibly generous supporters we have. The board and staff at Opera Colorado are determined that we will not become an opera museum, yet will always do our best to bring new and rarely-performed operas to our supporters.

Your financial support of us means that we can continue to do this. Without generous donors, live opera in Denver becomes more difficult to produce. I believe that Denver is an amazing city partly due to our thriving performing arts scene. Every donation to Opera Colorado is a step closer to keeping this thriving performing arts scene alive and well.

Here's to the start of our 30th Anniversary Season, brought to you by an incredible staff, a totally supportive board, patrons and generous donors!

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