Photo by The Pirates of Penzance, 2017. Photo by Cory Weaver.

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La bohème

November 9, 13, 15, and 17, 2019

Love is fleeting. Lovers even more so.

Paris is for lovers…Puccini is for opera lovers. At the crossroads, an unrivaled romance sets bright bohemian rhapsodies against a tragic trajectory, blending into one of opera’s quintessential tearjerkers.

It’s here, on a brisk, candlelit night, that a young seamstress loses her keys and finds the love of her life.

The merciless winter chill seeps and creeps through the couple’s drafty dwelling until it permeates their hearts, replacing hope and happiness with doubt and jealousy. The two lovers are finally reunited – and their love rekindled – by a tragic turn of events that ultimately leaves one of them consumed by grief, and the other by consumption.

C’es la vie. C’est l’amour. C’est l’opera.

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“…When there are nine.”

January 18, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Building (712 E 18th St)

With a title inspired by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remark about an all-female Supreme Court, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. The centerpiece of the program is the world premiere of a new song cycle by Laura Karpman and Kelley Rourke, using the writings and poetry of women’s suffrage leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. This inspirational and celebratory program will also feature music about women, voting, and patriotism.

Cabaret: In the Mood for Love

February 1, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Building (712 E 18th St)

Back by popular demand: our Resident and Apprentice Artists celebrate the many moods of love with music of Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Meredith Willson, Duke Ellington, and more. Mark Markham returns as arranger/pianist, and Fenlon Lamb returns to direct an all-new, intimate evening of Cabaret.

Lucia di Lammermoor

March 7, 11, 13, and 15, 2020

Come for the wedding. Stay for the funeral.

Despite ominous premonitions, young Lucia stokes the fire of a forbidden love with her brother’s greatest enemy. But with her one-wealthy family balanced on the brink of bankruptcy, she is forced to do her familial duty and marry the head of a rival family. Convinced by her ambitious brother that her true love has been unfaithful, she signs the marriage contract. When her former flame finds out, he flips out. And that’s when the wedding cake hits the fan.

With tragedy rivaling Romeo and Juliet, and violence reminiscent of Psycho, a day that began with a wedding march now ends with a funeral procession. And a little club soda will NOT get this out.

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The Shining

April 25, 29, May 1, and 3, 2020

Dad hasn’t been himself lately, or literally.

Deep in the shadows of the Colorado Rockies, nestled between the middle of nowhere and miles from where anyone can hear you scream, waits the Overlook Hotel. For its new caretakers, the Torrance family, the only thing more unnerving than their profound seclusion is the realization that they are not the hotel’s only guests.

The young son with a sixth sense endures this house of horrors as his father faces demons – past and present, real and remembered – that ultimately turn him into a monster. What started as a desperate search for financial (and marital) sanctuary, spirals into a terrifying struggle for sanity and survival.

With music as haunting as the story is tragic, only through opera does The Shinindiscover more frightening and fulfilling depths than ever before.

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Past Seasons and Performances


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Explorations Series:

  • Meet the Resident Artists, September 11, 2016
  • Schubert | Beatles, October 1, 2016
  • The Juliet Letters, January 28 and 29, 2017
  • American Voices, March 19, 2017

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