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 to Giovanni, 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.
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.