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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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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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Opera Colorado Young Artists

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Opera Colorado’s The Scarlet Letter | Colorado Opera Photographer

One of the most amazing things so far about being a Colorado opera photographer, has been witnessing the development of a world premier. The Scarlet Letter was in the works for over five years! The book we all read in high school had never before been made into an opera. It took an incredible team of people at Opera Colorado to bring the show together, from the ground up. After seeing the full performance, I photographed the Student Matinee. This version was altered for a younger audience of students from all over the state and it was performed by the fantastic Opera Colorado Young Artists.

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William Lee Bryan and Charles Eaton

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Opera Colorado Chorus

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Emily Louise Robinson

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William Lee Bryan

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Emily Louise Robinson

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and William Lee Bryan

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Charles Eaton, Hazel Kachline, and Kyle Erdos Knapp

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Benjamin Werley

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William Lee Bryan and Benjamin Werley

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley

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Benjamin Werley and Danielle Lombardi

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Benjamin Werley and Danielle Lombardi

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Benjamin Werley

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Hazel Kachline

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Emily Louise Robinson and Hazel Kachline

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Opera Colorado Chorus

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Benjamin Werley and the Opera Colorado Chorus

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Hazlel Kachline, Emily Louise Robinson, William Lee Bryan, and Benjamin Werley

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and Hazel Kachline

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and Hazel Kachline

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Opera by Lori Laitman
Libretto by DAvid Mason
Conductor: Ari Pelto
Stage Director: Jordan Braun
Chorus Master: John Baril
Scenic Design: Erhard Rom
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel and Amith Chandrashaker
Projection Design: Topher Blair
Costume Design: Ann Piano
Wig and Makeup Design: Ronell Oliveri
Accompanist: Alaina DeBelleview
Young Artist Director: Cherity Koepke

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Colorado Opera Photographer | Family Day Part 2

Opera Colorado has a so many awesome kid’s events throughout the year. As a Colorado opera photographer, I love being able to see kids engage in the arts and start to fall in love with opera. Family Day was such a great event, that I had to break it into two parts. The second half of the event was Carmen, performed by the Young Artists. I love that the audience was on stage with the performers. The kids really got to feel like they were part of the action.

P.S. If you know the story of Carmen, don’t worry. This was a very toned down, kid-friendly version.

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Emily Louise Robinson and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Emily Louise Robinson in Carmen

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Emily Louise Robinson and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Danielle Lombardi, William Lee Bryan, Benjamin Werley, Charles Eaton, and Emily Louise Robinson, in Carmen

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Alaina DeBellevue

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Danielle Lombardi, William Lee Bryan, and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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William Lee Bryan and Danielle Lombardi in Carmen

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley in Carmen

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Colorado Opera Photographer | Family Day Part 1

Opera Colorado has a so many awesome kids events throughout the year. As a Colorado opera photographer, I love being able to see kids engage in the arts and start to fall in love with opera. Family Day was such a great event, that I had to break it into two parts. There were two shows put on by the Opera Colorado Young Artists, Hansel & Gretel and Carmen. During intermission, there were crafts, snacks, and activities related to the shows.

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Danielle Lombardi in Hansel and Gretel

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Emily Louise Robinson, Charles Eaton, Danielle Lombardi, and William Lee Bryan in Hansel and Gretel

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Charles Eaton, Danielle Lombardi, Benjamin Werley, Emily Louise Robinson, and William Lee Bryan in Hansel and Gretel

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Charles Eaton, Danielle Lombardi, Benjamin Werley, and William Lee Bryan in Hansel and Gretel

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Opera Colorado Champagne Gala

For the past few months, I’ve been working with Opera Colorado’s Education department. I’ve photographed their behind the scenes workshops and the Young Artists production of Romeo and Juliet and I’ve got a some more, exciting projects coming up. I’m so glad I was able to dive back into the world of opera when I moved to Denver.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

In February, Opera Colorado asked me to photograph their annual Gala and I jumped at the chance! It is such a treat to dress up and photograph a glamorous night full of VIPs, amazing performances, and dancing.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Joyce de Roos, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Opera Colorado Board Members Ellie Caulkins, Carol Crossin Whitley and Dirk de Roos – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

During the performance, I was in heaven. The singing by Cynthia Clayton and the Young Artists was incredible. I was so happy to be running around the theater, capturing every possible angle and each beautiful moment.

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Cynthia Clayton on the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Cynthia Clayton on the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

The rest of the evening was so much fun. There were prizes, games, and lots and lots of dancing. Instead of being exhausted at the end of the night (like me body should have been), I was on a high and eager to go through the photos and relive the evening.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

If you have an event or performance coming up in the Denver/Boulder area, let me know. I would love to be a part of it and document all the best moments. Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.