Wine and Opera | Colorado Performing Arts Photography

Last year, Opera Colorado came up with a genius idea. They wanted to create an engaging, fun, and social experience that involved opera. So they teamed up with a sommelier and paired arias with wine at a Denver vineyard. Colorado performing arts photography is always so much fun but this was really something special.

To see two totally different disciplines come together and compliment each other was quite amazing. And the creativity that went into the pairings was incredible. Each aria and wine pairing fed off each other and enhanced the experience. They were paired with purpose.

The whole night was so much fun. The Balistreri Vineyards, a family owned, multi -generation vineyard in Denver, was a beautiful venue and guests even got a tour to see how the wine was aged. The Opera Colorado Young Artists paired three sets of songs with three wines. The songs were curated by Cherity, the Education Director and the wine was chosen and paired by the grandson on the the Vineyard’s founder. I love that the Young Artists end each performance with a full group aria. It is always amazing to see them all sing together.

Events like these are such a great way to draw in new audience members as well as partner with other local businesses. Having great images of these events really helps to draw people in and get them excited about your organization.

Inside OC will be doing more of these events in their upcoming season! The next two events will be at Nocturne and The Preservery with the new cast of Young Artists. You won’t want to miss them!

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Opera Colorado Portraits | Denver Portrait Photography

I am so, so glad I got to take these awesome group portraits of Opera Colorado‘s Young Artists last season. These Denver portraits were bright, fun, and colorful. Right up my alley! We did the portrait photography right before their Opera Colorado debut at the Young Artist Showcase.

It was the perfect day to take photos too. The light was just gorgeous! Allison Nicholas (soprano), Danielle Lombardi (mezzo-soprano), Omar Najmi (tenor), Ryan Bradford (baritone), Charles Eaton (baritone), and Nathan Van Arsdale (bass baritone) rocked this session and made it so much fun! I got to take Danielle and Omar’s headshots later in the season too!

For this session, we went with a bright, jewel tone color scheme, which I loved! The Young Artists did a great job coordinating their outfits without being too matchy. We did two looks. The first was a casual look, outdoors, with the Denver Theater District as the background. Then we went inside, for a more formal look, with the gorgeous Ellie Caulkins Opera House as the backdrop. We got some champagne glasses and cocktail tables to complete the look!

Professional group portraits can help your cast or company feel more relatable and boost your sales. These images are great to use on websites and social media and work perfectly to advertise an event you don’t have imagery for yet. Opera Colorado used these group portraits to advertise upcoming performances and to attract the next group of awesome Young Artists. Why wouldn’t you want to work here!? We were also able to squeeze in some photos of smaller groups to advertise shows where just a few of the artists performed.

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Opera Singer Brett | Denver Headshot Photography

I met Brett when he was a Young Artist, during my first season with Opera Colorado. Brett Sprague is a tenor from Tacoma, Washington. He played Tamino in the Student Matinee of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. You can see the production photos from that show here. More recently, he played Arturo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Colorado as well as other role’s across the country. Check out his full bio and website (with more photos) here.

For the past few seasons, he has been the Assistant Director of the Young Artist Program at Opera Colorado. He is always full of great ideas and has been a great mentor to the new Young Artists. He and Cherity, the Director of the Young Artist Program, make such a great team!

The two of them decided to book their headshot sessions together. It is such a great idea to book with a friend or coworker. You can encourage each other and help each other feel more comfortable. I switch off between the two of you, which gives you a few nice breaks from smiling so much. And we can do some fun photos of the two of you together! Plus, you can take advantage of a discount for booking back to back.

We did this session at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. I love this location for it’s clean, urban look. It is a cultural center of the city, making it a great backdrop for any kind of artist. We also got to go in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and use the theater for a few photos. These made for some really classy headshots at the end of our session.

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Family Day Part 2 | Colorado Performing Arts Photographer

Opera Colorado puts on a ton of awesome events to get kids excited about the opera. One of the biggest events they host is Family Day. On Family Day, kids and their parents come to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to watch a show and do crafts relating to the story. The shows are all abridged, kid-friendly, English language versions of classic operas and there is a Q&A session after each show.

Family Day is a big event so I split it into two blogs. This show was the Elixir of Love. It a great show about love potions and conniving salesman and it has the perfect mix of humor and drama. The kids made their own elixirs of love and colored some root beer kegs. Part of this opera takes place in a bar so to make it kid friendly, the bar in this version only served root beer! The show was followed by a question and answer session and then the kids got to come up to look at the set and take pictures with the Young Artists. They loved playing with the costumes and props.

Opera Colorado’s season is officially over. That means the Young Artists are off on their own again, and the halls of the Ellie won’t be filled with singing voices for a while. I get to meet the new Young Artists in September and then the first opera of the season is in November. Next season brings another exciting line up of three unique operas! The season opens with La Bohème, the opera that inspired the Broadway musical and then movie, Rent. Then in January, there will be a world premier of Steal A Pencil for Me, a true story about two people who fall in love in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The season will end with Falstaff, a tale of greed, seduction, and buffoonery

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Want engaging production photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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Family Day Part 1 | Colorado Opera Photographer

Opera Colorado puts on a ton of awesome events to get kids excited about the opera. One of the biggest events they host is Family Day. On Family Day, kids and their parents come to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to watch a show and do crafts relating to the story. The shows are all abridged, kid-friendly, English language versions of classic operas and there is a Q&A session after each show.

Family Day is a big event so I split it into two blogs. The first show was Barber of Seville. It a comedy about love triangles and rectangles and trapezoids and it’s full of mischief, deception, and humor. The kids made glasses and mustaches so they could have their own disguises like the main character in the opera.

It’s almost the end of the season for Opera Colorado. This week, is their last week of mainstage shows until November. There are a couple other events before the season closes for good though. The Spring Tea, on May 20th is a fundraiser with tea and balloons at Grant Humphrey’s Mansion. I have donated a special session so be sure to bid on it! Get your tickets here.

The Young Artist Celebration is one of my favorite events of the year and is on May 21st at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It is the final performance before the Young Artists say goodbye. I love it because I get to see how much they’ve learned and improved since their first concert. This is a great event if you want to see what opera is all about but are on a budget. Tickets are cheap and the event is kid friendly (but there will also be wine)! Get tickets here.

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Opera Singer Danielle | Denver Headshot Photography

Danielle is a mezzo-soprano in the Young Artist program at Opera Colorado. This is her second season with the company. I get to work with the Young Artists a lot throughout the season but I don’t always have the chance to get to know them. That’s why I love headshot photography so much. I get to spend time with awesome people, like Danielle, one on one.

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We did Danielle’s portrait session at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This is a great location for performing artists. It has an aspirational element to it, it provides a range of backgrounds, and if the weather isn’t great, we can stay under the glass dome!

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Young Artist Showcase | Colorado Opera Photographer

Please meet the wonderful Opera Colorado Young Artists of the 2016/17 season! This year, there are two amazing alumni artists who joined the program for the second year, along with three new talented singers. It is a privilege as a Colorado opera photographer to work with this awesome group of people throughout the season.

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Young Artist Charles Eaton, baritone

The Opera Colorado Young Artists have a series of fun events coming up, whether you’re a die-hard opera fan or just want to get your feet wet. From Family Day, to OperaTalk, to free mall performances, the Young Artists stay busy throughout the season. They also perform a Student Matinee for local students on the main stage toward the end of each season.

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Young Artist Charles Eaton, baritone

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Young Artist Ryan Bradford, baritone

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Young Artist Omar Najmi, tenor

You might remember this little girl in the crown, from last year’s Farewell Concert. She loves opera and was so excited to meet Danielle again.

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Young Artist Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano

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Young Artists Charles Eaton, baritone and Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano

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Young Artists Charles Eaton, baritone and Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano

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Young Artist Allison Nicholas, soprano

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Young Artist Allison Nicholas, soprano

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Young Artists Charles Eaton, baritone and Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano

Want engaging production photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com