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Opera Colorado “AIDA”
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Opera Colorado’s traditional production of Verdi’s “Aida” opens at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on November 7, 2015 at 7:30PM. Directed by David Gately and conducted by Opera Colorado’s newly appointed Music Director Designee Ari Pelto, this production will feature Alexandra LoBianco as “Aida,” Carl Tanner as Radames, Catherine Martin as Amneris, Marco Nisticò as Amonasro and Harold Wilson as Ramfis.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 7 at 7:30PM          
Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30PM     
Friday, November 13 at 7:30PM        
Sunday, November 15 at 2PM
Location:  Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Located at 14th and Curtis Streets, Denver, CO 80202
Tickets:  Tickets at or 303.468.2030.      
Parking:  Parking is available in the Denver Performing Arts Complex or Colorado Convention Center Parking Garages.

With pageantry and classic flair, this production has it all – a chorus of 40, a stage filled with supernumeraries and ballet, all except for live animals. Verdi’s vivid music and stunning cast combine to set the stage for an unforgettable evening of grand opera. This opera presents a love triangle for all time as two women test their fate to win the man whom they both love.

Do not miss this spectacular production with a line-up of artists who have received critical acclaim.

“Alexandra LoBianco has a beautifully steely voice...One of the best all-around performances I can remember.” St Louis Post-Dispatch

“From his demanding opening aria, ‘Celeste “Aida,”’ Mr. Tanner left no doubt about his prowess, singing with a firm, generously sized voice and producing clarion top notes...” New York Times

This opera will be sung in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.


Ari Pelto | Conductor
With past performances that have been called poetic, earthy, vigorous and highly individual, Ari Pelto was recently appointed Music Director Designee at Opera Colorado following an acclaimed debut conducting Don Giovanni. Future productions include “Aida” and the world premiere of Lori Laitman's The Scarlett Letter. Additionally this season, he conducts “Aida” at Utah Opera and returns to Atlanta Ballet, Opera Memphis, Omaha Symphony, Lamont Symphony and the NYU Symphony. Recent highlights include La Rondine in Cortona (Italy), A Streetcar Named Desire and Salome at Virginia Opera, The Rake’s Progress at Portland Opera, Rigoletto, Don Pasquale and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Memphis (where he is Principal Guest Conductor); La Boheme at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Cunning Little Vixen at Chautauqua, Rusalka at Boston Lyric Opera, Romeo et Juliette at Minnesota Opera, The Magic Flute, Le Nozze di Figaro at Portland Opera and Hansel and Gretel at Utah Opera.

David Gately | Director
Stage director David Gately is known for his vivid story-telling and lively and clever productions. During the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Gately directs “Aida” with Opera Colorado, Merry Widow with Utah Opera, Showboat with Kentucky Opera and I Barbiere di Siviglia with Fort Worth Opera. Recent highlights include La Fanciulla del West with Des Moines Opera, La Traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Fort Worth Opera, Silent Night with Calgary Opera and both Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi with McGill University. The Director’s hugely successful “Wild West” production of Don Pasquale, hailed as a “contemporary classic,” has been mounted by opera companies across the United States, including with the San Diego Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Colorado and Calgary Opera. In addition to his continued work on the stage, Mr. Gately was also recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University.           

Alexandra LoBianco* | Aida
American soprano Alexandra LoBianco has been hailed as possessing “a true Verdian voice of velvet-covered steel,” capable of “effortlessly tossing off trills and roulades” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). She has been awarded First Prize in the 2013 Altamura International Vocal Competition and was named a First Prize winner of the William Sullivan Foundation 2013 Awards. Since earning first prize at the 2011 Liederkranz Vocal Competition, and taking first prize and being named “Audience Favorite” at the 2011 Irene Dalis Competition, she has continued to win praise whenever she performs. San Francisco Classical Voice noted her “lyrical-to-heroic range,” calling to mind “the ease and magnetism of a young Monserrat Caballe.” In summer of 2015 she sings the title role in Tosca with PORTopera in Maine, and in 2015-16 she sings the title role in “Aida” with Opera Colorado and makes her Minnesota Opera debut as Tosca.      

Carl Tanner* | Radames       
Carl Tanner begins the 2015-16 season as Pinkerton Madama Butterfly for Minnesota Orchestra. He returns to London to appear as Luigi Il Tabarro at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden before travelling to Honolulu to sing Manrico Il Trovatore for Hawaii Opera Theatre. Recent highlights include the title roles in Samson et Dalila, Peter Grimes as well as Hermann Pique Dame at Grange Park Opera in the UK where he won outstanding reviews. He also appeared as Otello at Pittsburgh Opera. Past successes include numerous appearances with the Metropolitan Opera as Canio I Pagliacci/Tiriddu Cavalleria Rusticana and Radames “Aida,” his signature role which he previously sang at Staatsoper Hamburg, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Edmonton Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Semperoper Dresden. He made his debut at Washington National Opera as Captain Ahab Moby-Dick and at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Cavaradossi Tosca, a role he also sang the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Catherine Martin | Amneris

Mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin excels in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Mozart and Donizetti. The 2015-2016 season and beyond brings debuts with Opera Colorado as Amneris in Aïda, with Florida Grand Opera as Adalgisa in Norma, and returns to Washington National Opera and Houston Grand Opera. Engagements for the 2014-2015 season included her return to Opera Santa Barbara as Maddalena in Rigoletto, her debut with Dayton Opera as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, Waltraute in Die Walküre with Houston Grand Opera and Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner with the American Symphony Orchestra. Additional recent highlights include returns to Houston Grand Opera as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and the Glimmerglass Festival as Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, and debuts at the Kennedy Center with Washington National Opera as Mary in the premiere of The Lion, the Unicorn and Me and Annina in Der Rosenkavalier with the National Symphony Orchestra.  

Marco Nisticò | Amonasro

Marco Nisticò joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2009-2010, where he made his debut as Dancaire Carmen. Recent engagements include Rodrigue in Don Carlos, and Tonio in Pagliacci in Sarasota. Future engagements include Amonasro ”Aida” with Opera Colorado and Sarasota Opera, Tonio with Opera Memphis, Malatesta with Florida Grand Opera and Dulcamara with West Australian Opera Perth. Recent past engagements include Figaro Barbiere with Sarasota Opera and Dulcamara and Dancaire with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. He is frequently seen with Sarasota Opera in roles including Giacomo in Giovanna d'Arco, Germont in La Traviata, Rodrigue in Don Carlos, Francesco Foscari in I Due Foscari. In 2011-2012 Mr. Nisticò was heard as Dulcamara at the Landestheater in Bregenz, as Gugliemo at the Teatro Regio of Torino and Rigoletto with Sarasota Opera. His appearances with NYCO include Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Schaunard in La Bohème and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.

Harold Wilson | Ramfis                        
Harold Wilson's 2015-2016 season marks his return to several companies: with Opera Colorado, he will sing Ramfis in ”Aida”; at the Metropolitan Opera, he will cover the role of Timur in Turandot; and with Sarasota Opera, he will sing the roles of Rocco and Marcovaldo in productions of Fidelio and La battaglia di Legnano, respectively. In concert, he makes a company debut with the Grand Junction Symphony as the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. Mr. Wilson’s 2014-2015 season began with the Dayton Opera singing works by Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky in a Gala Concert. Subsequently, the American bass debuted with Opera Memphis, as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, joined the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and made appearances with Tulsa Opera, for Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, and Opera Colorado, for Sarastro in The Magic Flute.

*Opera Colorado Debut

Opera Colorado’s 2015-2016 season is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Barrow. Season sponsors for the 2015-2016 Season include the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Yellow Scene Magazine, Magnolia Hotels, KCNC-TV CBS4, The Edge Restaurant & Bar, The Four Seasons Hotel and Rassman Design.

Greg Carpenter, General Director            
The fourth General Director in Opera Colorado’s 31-year history, Greg Carpenter guides both the artistic and administrative operations of the company. His role as General Director began in 2007, prior to which he served as Opera Colorado’s Director of Development from 2004-2007, overseeing all fundraising and Board of Directors activities. Carpenter currently serves on the Board of Directors for OPERA America, the national service organization for the opera industry.

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