What: Mozart’s opera, Cosí fan tutte. Semi-staged and costumed
When & Where: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7 pm at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 3 pm at First United Methodist Church, 412 N. Nevada Ave
Presented By: Opera Theatre of the Rockies and Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
Tickets: $30 – $35; Student Tickets $10
Details at Operatheatreoftherockies.org or 719-646-3127
Opera Theatre of the Rockies is pleased to announce a special collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs to co-present Mozart’s rousing opera buffa, Così fan tutte on April 9 & 10, 2016 in Colorado Springs. The performance will be a fully-staged with costumes, props and supertitles.
Martile Rowland, Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies recently said, “I am most delighted to work with Thomas Wilson and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs to present this wonderful opera to southern Colorado audiences. The story is light-hearted and fun, and the music is beautiful and will leave people of all ages with a unique operatic memory.”
Così fan tutte first premiered in 1790 and its title is commonly translated into English as “Women are like that.” It refers to the basis for the plot, so-called “fiancée-swapping” – a tradition dating back centuries and often found in plays by Shakespeare. Two officers express their certainly that their fiancées will be forever faithful, while an old philosopher is skeptical about this, and proposes a wager claiming he can prove this tendency in women. The two officers accept the bet, and claim to be called off to war. Soon after, they return in disguise pretending to be mustached Albanians and attempt to seduce the other’s fiancée. Of course, there is the women’s maid who is bribed by the philosopher to help him win his wager. And so, fun ensues as the characters try to accept “life’s good times and bad times.”
Così fan tutte is an opera for everyone. Tickets are $30 and $35 (Student tickets $10) and can be obtained at Meeker Music (624 N. Tejon), www.operatheatreoftherockies.org or by calling 719-646-3127.
OPERA THEATRE OF THE ROCKIES
MOZART’S Cosi fan tutte
In order of appearance
Chad Reagan Guglielmo
Humberto Borboa Ferrando
Nicholas Shelton Don Alfonso
Michelle Diggs Thompson Fiordiligi
Jennifer DeDominici Dorabella
Karla Hughes Despina
Martile Rowland Producer
Thomas Wilson Conductor
George Preston/Martile Rowland Co-Directors
Daniel S. Brink Musical Director/Piano
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, baritone Chad Reagan appeared in the role of Frank in Opera Theatre of the Rockies 2013 production of Die Fledermaus and Bob in Old Maid and the Thief with Opera Theatre of the Rockies Young Artist & Outreach Ensemble. He has appeared as Schaunard in La Bohème with Indianapolis Opera following a stint with them as a Resident Young Artist where he sang Samuel and covered the Pirate King in the company’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. Mr. Reagan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado and earned a Master of Music at the University of Denver and currently serves as adjunct music faculty at the Community College of Denver where he teaches voice and music appreciation. He is also an active member of Central City’s Outreach Ensemble and frequently collaborates with the Junior Symphony Guild as a part of their educational outreach program Inside the Orchestra.
Tenor Humberto Borboa, originally from Mexicali, Mexico, earned a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona in May 2014 under the guidance of Professor Grayson Hirst and a B.M. from Escuela Superior de Canto de Mazatlan in 2012. Mr. Borboa, a 2013 Arizona´s District winner from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition made his professional debut in 2009 with Sociedad Artística Sinaloense in Mexico, singing the solo tenor role in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana since then has actively performed throughout Mexico, as well as appearances in Antigua, Guatemala, Austria, Chicago, Italy and the Czech Republic. The “Arizona Daily Star” praised Mr. Borboa as a “powerfully graceful and bright tenor” after his interpretation of Alfredo Germont from Verdi´s La Traviata, at the University of Arizona opera theater´s fall 2012.
Nicholas Shelton, Baritone, previously appeared with Opera Theatre of the Rockies in the role of Nilakantha in the 2014 production of Lakmé. Mr. Shelton has garnered unanimous accolades for his dark, piercing voice, refined musicianship, and commanding stage presence. His busy schedule has included a variety of roles including Sciarrone (Tosca), Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), The Storyteller (A Flowering Tree – Adams), King Balthazar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Jose Tripaldi (Ainadamar – Golijov). A Philadelphia native, Mr. Shelton began his singing career at the urging of a vocal professor who overheard his speaking voice while a sophomore biology major at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. After his first foray into operatic performance, Nick immediately recognized his passion for the genre and went on to complete his undergraduate studies in vocal performance. In further training, Mr. Shelton became a proud alum of the prestigious OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program under the direction of Ann Baltz.
Michelle Diggs Thompson, soprano, is recognized for possessing a voice of beauty, size, and clarity. Ms. Diggs Thompson has performed the roles of Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and the monumental Violetta of La traviata, as well as her triumphant performance of Liù in the Opera Fort Collins production of Turandot which “blew audiences away” (The Coloradoan ). She appeared as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Egmont, Haydn’s The Creation, and Handel’s Messiah. Michelle holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her training continued at the University of Colorado where, while completing a Master of Music degree in voice performance, she was awarded the prestigious Berton Coffin and Barbara Doscher voice scholarships. In 2012, Michelle was the Colorado/Wyoming District winner for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award. She has also been a District Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Voice Competition.
Jennifer DeDominici, Lyric Mezzo-Soprano, enjoys an impressive, versatile career spanning musical theater, opera, film, and concert work, with rave reviews across the board. She has previously appeared in several Opera Theatre of the Rockies productions including the title role in Carmen and Maria in Sound of Music, as well as The Barber of Seville, Hansel & Gretel, and La Cenerentola. In 2015 Ms. DeDominici performed the title role in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s production of Mary Poppins, and her performance was proclaimed as “the best female performance of the year on this or any other stage in Colorado.” She has appeared with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, as well as many theatre, opera companies and symphonies around the country. Jennifer is a first-place winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Auditions, a NATS Singer of the Year, and a four-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
A vivacious, multifaceted performer, soprano Karla Hughes has delighted audiences in opera, operetta, oratorio, musical theater, and theater. Hailed as having a “bright girlish soprano” (Opera News), being “nimble of voice and feet” (The Toledo Blade), and having “a superb acting talent” (The Daily Record) she is equally talented as a vocalist, actress, and dancer. Karla has portrayed Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Ellen in Lakmé, and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Sophie in Terrence McNally’s Master. Karla double majored in Flute and Voice at Colorado State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music (major) and History (minor). She earned a Master of Music in Opera Performance at Wichita State University where she studied with Dr. Vernon Yenne and later, Dr. George Gibson.