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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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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 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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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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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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