The 6th Annual Afternoon Tea with a Diva: Miss Manners on Music Our own local diva, Cynthia Vaughn, assumes the mantle of Miss Manners (aka The Empress of Etiquette, Judith Martin) in Dominick Argento’s witty song cycle. Born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, Miss Manners is the pioneer mother of today’s civility movement. Now if she could only persuade people to practice civility as much as they talk about it... This 22-minute work, featuring Q&A from Martin’s newspaper clippings, offers succinct advice about the proper behavior at various musical functions, including opera, ballet, and more. The afternoon features a full British afternoon tea and the popular cake auction. [more...]


Brian Clay Luedloff: Artistic Director, Opera Fort Collins Welcome to Opera Fort Collins’ Season 35! We are excited to open with​ ​FOLLIES, ​ ​Stephen Sondheim​ ​and James Goldman's rarely performed opera​ ​ noir.​ ​This production reflects​ ​the OFC ​ ​commitment to explore the broad range of American opera through our American Opera Initiative: opera on American subjects, by American composers, and for American audiences. ​ ​Then we are off to explore the incredible range of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. In early February, enjoy a new English translation of his comic opera ​"​The Elixir of Love.​"​ Just in time for​ ​the season of lo​ve - it's our little​ ​Valentine's Day gift​ ​to you! ​ ​ Our season finale showcases Donizetti's dramatic talent with the dark Scottish tragedy ​ "​Lucia di Lammermoor. ​"​ As always,​ ​our productions offer something for everyone — even those who think they don’t like opera! [more...]


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