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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

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Best of 2016 | Denver Photographer

Wow, 2016. I’m not going to lie and say that 2016 was great. It was a very difficult year, for the world as well as for my personal life. But, of course, there were good parts and some really good parts. And now, it’s over! So let’s celebrate with some photos!

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This is my 2016 photo review. My favorite images from my favorite sessions throughout the year. My business, my work, my clients were consistently positive throughout the year. And for that, I am so grateful. When I was at my lowest, crying alone in an airport, I got an inquiry for a really fun photo shoot that I knew would fuel my soul. It didn’t lessen all the pain, but it did give me something positive to look forward to and something to be grateful for.

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In 2016, I started working more closely with Opera Colorado, taking portraits of the Young Artists, and working with Inside OC. I got to photograph one of my dream dance companies, Streb. I started offering headshot sessions and was able to work with some incredible people one-on-one. I was hired by Naropa University’s Theater Program and photographed three shows for them. I worked with a lot of dancers around the country, making creative portraits together. Perhaps most exciting, I started a new dance project, which will be announced later in 2017!

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Inside OC | Colorado Opera Photographer

It’s Opera Week! I’ve been photographing for Opera Colorado for three seasons now and it has been amazing to watch the organization grow and take exciting steps forward like new operas and world premiers.

This season, I am the exclusive photographer for Inside OC, Opera Colorado’s Young Professionals Club. I’m also a sponsor for Inside OC! So far this season, I’ve photographed two of their events, Tour and Taste as well as Season Kick Off. I’m so excited for the upcoming events I have with Inside OC and the rest of Opera Colorado.

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Opera Colorado Poetry Workshop | Colorado Opera Photographer

I was going through some older photos and I happened upon the images from Opera Colorado’s Poetry Workshop last season. This workshop for high school students engaged all the senses and was full of inspiration.

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At Converge Denver in RiNo, the Opera Colorado Young Artists performed and a live artists painted in response. Scarlet Letter librettist and Colorado’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, David Mason, spoke about the text of The Scarlet Letter. There was a popcorn station with toppings like M&Ms and parmesan. There were giant pads of paper, crayons, and markers so the students could draw out what they were thinking and feeling. All the while, they were creating original poems inspired by The Scarlet Letter and their surroundings.

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Young Artist Farewell | Colorado Opera Photographer

Opera Colorado is in it’s off season right now but there is still lots going on to gear up for season 16-17. With three operas, an additional Young Artist, and a ton more events, this season is really exciting.

Just a few months ago, the season was ending and the Young Artists were singing in their farewell concert. They put on a beautiful and fun concert that the whole audience enjoyed!

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General Director Greg Carpenter

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Young Artist Danielle Lombardi

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Young Artists Charles Eaton and Emily Louise Robinson

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This little girl loves listening to opera in the car and this was her first concert. She was in awe when the first aria started and she loved meeting all the singers after the show.

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Young Artists Charles Eaton and Benjamin Werley

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Young Artists William Lee Bryan and Benjamin Werley

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Young Artist Danielle Lombardi

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Young Artist Emily Louise Robinson

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