Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Opera Theatre of the Rockies celebrates 20 years with a tale of love and loyalty

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Few operas, a notoriously niche genre of theater, can claim to be household titles. Some laymen may be familiar with Carmen (at least, if they saw the parody episode of Hey Arnold), and fans of modern musicals might know La Boheme as the inspiration for RENT, but one of the few operas to transcend its genre and gain solid and consistent name recognition over the years is Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, a classic tale of love and loyalty set in ancient Egypt. In the story, a warrior named Radamès falls for an Ethiopian slave, Aida, who has to reconcile her love of her country with her love for him.
This production, presented by Opera Theatre of the Rockies, offers an all-star cast of international performers. Marsha Thompson (Aida) has performed throughout Europe, the U.S. and Africa, and brings that diverse experience to her role; Ta’u Pupu’a (Radamès) is a former pro football player, who has performed opera internationally since the injury that sent him down a different career path; and Katherine Goeldner (Amneris) has previous experience with this role, and has traveled from Salzburg, Vienna to perform in this production. These are just a few of the full and dynamic cast of performers, which also includes Brian Major, Ashraf Sewailam, Erik Kroncke, Humberto Borboa and Carolyn Hoehle. Bonus: Aida celebrates Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ 20th anniversary, so fans can enjoy a champagne gala before the opening night performance. Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ founder and artistic director, Martile Rowland, says: “We have assembled a cast of singers that are among the finest portrayers of their roles in opera today. They are a beautifully diverse cast of magnificent artists who have sung Aida all over the world and we are lucky and excited to have them in the first grand opera performance seen in the new Ent Center for the Arts, Shockley-Zalabak Theater.”

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