Thank you for visiting the Opera Fort Collins website — like our company, it is ever-changing! We live in a strange time wherein opera, an art form that had historically been shielded from the worst effects of a fickle economy, finds itself re-examining its place in the world: what is opera, how do we deliver it to our audience and what’s the most effective business model to support these changes? It’s easy to throw one’s hands up in the air and cry “opera is dying!” but I don’t believe for a moment that that is true: what I do believe is that opera is EVOLVING.
At Opera Fort Collins we’ve decided to evolve with the art form, grow with our community and constituents and face the future with courage and confidence in the service of our mission: “to entertain, enrich and educate through the professional presentation of opera and community engagement programs.” The “c” word can be scary: change. For those of us who love the traditions and styles of opera as it was known in the 19th and 20th centuries, change implies new musical and theatrical forms, presented in non-traditional venues in productions that might seem foreign or confusing, but I encourage you to share our courage and confidence.
In fulfillment of our mission, we will continue to bring you operas we have all come to know and love; season 38 is anchored with a new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. After the overwhelming response to our Night at the Opera Chorus concert in January, we’ll offer a concert evening continuing the theme: East Meets West — Asian Culture Through a Western Musical Lens and will feature the music ranging from Puccini to the light-hearted Gilbert and Sullivan. Finally, we’ll round out the season with our family and educational production of Cary John Franklin’s The Thunder of Horses, based on a native American legend.
The CHANGE will be in the format in which we deliver the quality productions you have come to know and love: coming in June 2018 we will present our MainStage season in a new festival format: all three major presentations will happen in a condensed four-day festival, creating a destination for opera travelers, bringing new audiences to Fort Collins and new excitement to OFC! Your Board of Directors is still hard at work planning the change to this new festival format: a new staff structure, consolidated fundraising, a new approach to production management. As you might imagine, this is an immense undertaking, but will provide savings in economies of scale for the company while generating new excitement around our company and community. We are very grateful to the Fort Fund for sharing and supporting this vision with an Innovation Grant for season 38!
In future seasons we’ll bring you the best of opera and operetta — those of you who have been asking for light opera will be rewarded for your patience in coming seasons! In the meantime, we’ll continue to bring you the WinterSong and Afternoon Tea with a Diva and other special events throughout the year, and we all anticipate the Songs in Summer produced by our Opera Fort Collins Guild, along with their other events.
Thank you for your continued support of OFC!
It is my great fortune to be working in a community with a professional opera company. Being Music Director of Opera Fort Collins and the Fort Collins Symphony has created a unique opportunity to forge an alliance that makes for outstanding performances for both organizations. The importance of the orchestra as not just an accompanying ensemble but also a commenting entity in operatic drama requires excellent musicians in the pit so that sensitivity and flexibility is the norm. The presence of the FCS guarantees that the performances you hear with OFC will be of the highest caliber. I can certainly speak for the members of the FCS in telling you that opera is one of the ultimate challenges for any orchestra and that playing it on a regular basis makes the ensemble better. It is also my great pleasure to be working with such a vibrant group of individuals who all are focused on giving you the best theatrical experience that can be mounted outside of Denver. We hope that you will find out what many people already know: that Opera Fort Collins is the ticket to buy whenever we take the stage!
I hope you will be a part of the amazing experience.
SEASON 38 Puccini’s Madama Butterfly: a new production of Puccini’s timeless classic East Meets West Concert: Asian Culture Through a Western Musical Lens, featuring the OFC Apprentice and Studio Artists and the OFC Chorus Franklin’s The Thunder of Horses: based on a native-American legend, OFC will partner with local schools, featuring a children’s chorus playing Orff instruments
SPECIAL EVENTS Locally Grown, the Concert: featuring some of Colorado’s favorite home-grown singers (October, 2017) WinterSong: our annual holiday celebration Afternoon Tea with a Diva: high tea with a Colorado casual twist, featuring the stunning cakes that have become iconic!
STAY TUNED FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS OF ARTISTS FOR SEASON 38 AND OUR SPECIAL EVENTS!