Boulder Opera was launched with the desire to bring the age old art form of opera to all audiences and give it a modern spin. “Kids were our first focus – if we could produce opera that resonated with a young audience and their families, we knew that we could build a culture of opera lovers in Boulder.”
Founder and Executive Director Dianela Acosta continues, “Our first production of La Cerentola (by Giacchino Rossini) in 2012 was a huge success with three sold out shows out of five total.” The key to making opera fun and accessible to kids has been presenting abridged operas with narration. With this formula, we have produced a family opera each season since 2012, but was just the start for Boulder Opera Company. We have extended our youth programs, working with dozens of schools and thousands of students with programs where kids become the opera producers, actors, set designers, and more.
Of course, since 2012, we have grown our audiences and our annual opera season which includes a full production in the spring, a small gala concert in the fall, and the beloved family series. Always looking for ways to infuse opera into our community, you might find us at Dagabi Cucina singing classic opera, at the library singing a new repertoire that hasn’t been heard before, or performing a free opera at the Boulder Bandshell!
Opera truly brings together all the arts into one big grand work where we tell stories through singing, music, orchestra, dancing, and theatre. It lightens up our communities – and brings us together with a common and powerful experience.
This December 6th through 9th, we will be performing Little Red Riding Hood by Russian composer Cesar Cui at the Nomad Playhouse. Come join us to experience live opera, complete with a piano quintet onstage, and a friendly Wolf! See you at the Opera!
Little Red Riding Hood opens December 7-9th ,2018 Nomad Playhouse, Boulder