Tabernash / Live Music: Hear the future of opera
November 7, 2008
Voices will lift toward the Rockies as Grand County is treated to a rare opera performance.The Grand Arts Council, Central City Opera and University of Colorado Opera present Opera Rocks the Rockies Saturday. The special performance, brought together by the CCOs opera studies program, is part of the 12th annual Central City Opera Tour.Its something we dont get to see real often up here, said Barbara Ahrens, GAC president. The board is very enthusiastic. It is something very different from the musical performances in Grand County.The evening features staged scenes from Giacomo Puccinis La Bohme, Stephen Sondheims A Little Night Music, Gaetano Donizettis Lucia di Lammermoor, Leonard Bernsteins Candide and several other classical favorites.Performers are members of the Central City Operas Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. The program has been recognized as one of the most effective and competitive career-entry training programs in the United States.Talents are soprano Claire Kuttler, baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and tenor Yang Bo. The line-up is rounded out with graduate and doctoral-level students of CUs Opera studies program: tenor Chad Kranak, mezzo soprano Margaret Marino, soprano Emily Martin, and pianist Michael Tilley.This year marks the 12th year for Central City Operas award-winning touring program, the fifth year in collaboration with the university, and the third visit to Grand County. Their tour began Nov. 2 and includes several other community concerts, school performances and master classes in Colorado Springs, Estes Park, Boulder and in the Vail area.We love partnering with CU to bring these talented young artists to communities and schools across the state, said Deborah Morrow, Central City Opera director of education and community programs. Its a win-win situation for everyone involved; the artists gain valuable performance experience, while students and community audiences are inspired by their talent and dedication and enjoy great music from opera and musical theater.The operas education and community programs have toured more than 100 communities across the state, entertaining and educating more than 80,000 people annually. This makes it one of the most active opera companies in America in education and community services.Tour sponsors include the Gay & Lesbian Fund, Colorado Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, McCormick Tribune Foundation fund CW2, Wells Fargo, and the Louis and Harold Price Foundation. GAC concert sponsors are Mountain Parks Electric, US and Grand Mountain banks, Century 21 and Real Estate of Winter Park.Show time is an hour and a half, with intermission. Tickets are available at the door and in advance at the Elk Horn Art Gallery, Streamside Art, and the Grand Lake Art Gallery.