Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ellie Caulkins Opera House: 11/7, 11/10, 11/13 & 11/15

Aida is one of the most satisfying evenings of opera produced by Opera Colorado in the last several years.
     Giuseppe Verdi’s “AIDA” shows an Opera Colorado that’s on the rise.  Over the past few years there have been more misses than hits for this company and hopefully this production is the harbinger for great times to come.
     Conductor Ari Pelto led the Opera Colorado Orchestra through Verdi’s grand composition with style and flair. The Opera Colorado Chorus sounded great. 
     Stage Director David Gately used the Ellie’s stage to superb effect for the grand scenes. His pacing was the kind that makes the evening fly by. 
     Lighting Design by Lucas Krech gave us bright sunny primary colors in this gilded Egyptian setting once the sun had been ominously – and wisely - eclipsed at the top of the opera.
     Alexandra Lobianco’s Aida provided us with a soprano that was heartbreaking. Tenor Carl Tanner was in fine voice as Aida’s paramour, Radames. Catherine Martin’s Amneris was beautifully sung. Marco Nistico’s Amonasro and Harold Wilson’s Ramfis were also memorable.
     The scenic design by Erhard Rom and Costume Design by Martha Hally provided courtesy of Virginia Opera gave the production a classy look. Rom’s scenic design gave us a visually spectacular mash-up of classical pyramidal lines reinforced by contemporary industrial metal.
    It appears that the company is receiving more funding from its underwriters. Its choice to share costumes and scenic design from Virginia Opera was a wise decision indeed.
    In the days when James Robinson was the artistic director there was generally a sharing of sets and costumes with opera companies on the east coast and in Texas. Those operas were spectacular. It is to be hoped that the choices being made in this vein again will be a harbinger for a future of fantastic opera productions by Opera Colorado.

For tickets call: 303-468-2030 or go online at Marlowe's Musings

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