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"An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house."
– Maria Callas
Welcome to Opera Fort Collins
Welcome to our digital home for Opera Fort Collins! As we enter our 39th season we look ahead to new challenges, new opportunities and a new vision for professional opera production in our region. Those of us who love opera, particularly in the traditional forms that we grew up with, often worry about the changing landscape of non-profit arts organizations, about the shifting economy, and about the very evolution of the art form itself. I, for one, am cheerfully optimistic about this most collaborative and complex of art forms: the good news is that OPERA IS NOT DYING, IT IS EVOLVING.
At Opera Fort Collins we’ve made a strategic decision to evolve along with it, with the caveat that meaningful and lasting change happens through evolution, not revolution. We treasure the operas of the standard repertoire that have been beloved for centuries: the Carmens and Madama Butterflys still speak to us with the same stunning music and vivid characters. In the 21st century we examine these classic works with new perspectives, to learn the lessons that they still have to teach us. We also encourage some of the newer voices in opera, writing and producing in a style intended to make these stories relevant, to make performances accessible and to speak to a broader audience.
As we are busy crafting our second festival season in Season 39, we strive to honor our mission: to entertain, enrich and educate through the professional presentation of opera and community engagement programs. Our production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni will introduce a few new singers in their debut to our region, along with some of our favorites, including stars of international stages such as the Metropolitan Opera. Our young and emerging artists will bring Mozart’s The Impresario to life in a fun and updated production, in English – it is the backstage, behind the scenes Noises Off-style comedy that will give you a glimpse of my world as a producer of opera! Finally, as a complement toGiovanni, we are proud to present the Rocky Mountain premiere of The Times Are Nightfall by American composer Ross Crean, which envisions one possible way in which Donna Anna and Donna Elvira heal each other in their recovery from the abuses of Giovanni and the men who surround and control them.
We hope you’ll join us on this journey; we have many events throughout the winter season leading up to our festival of performances, and there are many ways that you can get involved with Opera Fort Collins or our very hard-working and fun Opera Fort Collins Guild.