Act Up! 2016 – Puccini’s Suor Angelica
Combining Boulder Opera’s signature polished productions and Opera on Tap Colorado’s penchant for taking opera out of the concert hall and into the bar, Act Up! is a great way to dive into opera in a fun, intimate atmosphere.
Opera on Tap Colorado and Boulder Opera bring a modernized version of Suor Angelica by Puccini to six small venues in August and September.
Get a glimpse of life behind the gates at a conservative Christian boarding school somewhere in the American South, where we find Angelica awaiting the visit of her aunt with news of the child she was forced to abandon at birth.
This one-act opera runs for one hour, so come early and have a drink and a bite to eat and some fun before the show – or stay after and say hi to the singers!
The ensemble cast features:
Erin Trampler Bell
Julie Silver Campbell
Margaret Ozaki Graves
Kate Adams Johnson
August 25th at 7:30pm
Dickens Opera House, Longmont
August 27th at 7:00pm
Upslope Brewing Company, Boulder
September 10th at 7:30pm
Mercury Cafe, Denver
September 16th at 7:00pm
Art Underground Arts Hub, Lafayette
September 17th at 6:00pm
Syntax:Physic Opera, Denver
September 18th at 2:00pm
Downtown Artery, Fort Collins
Ticket prices: $17 Advance/$20 At Door
As a group of students at The Holy Mother Baptist School for Girls chat while attending to their duties, the question of earthly desires is raised. Genovieffa confesses that she would love to hold a lamb again and Dolcina longs for rich food. Angelica says that she has no unfulfilled wishes, but her colleagues do not believe her, as they know she has been longing to hear from her family for four years, since she was sent away to the school.
One of the sisters has been stung by a wasp and Angelica, who has extensive herbal knowledge, provides a medication. Two of the girls who went to get some treats from the girls’ secret stash of junk food report that a fancy limo is outside the gates, but are unable to answer Angelica’s questions about its government seal. She is summoned by the head mistress: her aunt the senator has come to see her, not from sympathy but because, as the legal guardian of Angelica and her sister Anna Viola, she needs Angelica’s signature on a document. Anna Viola is to be married to a man, she adds harshly, who has forgiven the stain on the family honor caused by Angelica’s sin.
Angelica longs for news of her baby son, but is told that he has died. Left alone in her grief, she mixes a fatal brew and drinks it. Realising that she has committed a mortal sin, she prays for forgiveness. As she dies, she sees a vision of Mary leading her child to her.
Opera on Tap and Aurora Symphony Orchestra present Die Fledermaus
A bubbling and wonderful confection, Johann Strauss, Jr.’s much-loved operetta Die Fledermaus will waltz right into our hearts with contagious fascination, humorous repartee, and unforgettable melodies. Staged and sung in English.
Gabriel von Eisenstein Nathan Snyder
Rosalinde, Eisenstein’s wife Sarah Stone
Adele, Rosalinde’s maid Stephanie Ann Ball
Ida, Adele’s sister Leah Podzimek
Alfred, a singer teacher Alex Sierra
Dr Falke, a notary Tom Sitzler
Dr Blind, a lawyer Thomas Poole
Frank, a prison governor Malcolm Ulbrick
Prince Orlofsky Eve Orenstein
Frosch, a jailer Luke Terry
Directed by Phoenix Gayles
Under the baton of Norman Gamboa
*In order to support Opera on Tap Colorado, please purchase tickets at ootcofledermaus.eventbrite.com*
with Aurora Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
North Middle School
12095 Montview Boulevard, Aurora, CO
Tickets: $20/$15 Seniors and Military/Under 18 Free
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Opera on Tap Colorado brings opera to unexpected venues throughout the state, offering audiences exceptional music by outstanding singers, and giving professional singers the opportunity to sing regularly in public in a welcoming, supportive atmosphere.
Casual and even raucous, Opera on Tap presents themed opera shows performed by top notch performers singing music from actual operas – often with a drink in hand!
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