Friday, May 20, 2011

It ain't over til the Rev. Dimmesdale sings

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Opera and literature lovers, rejoice! We couldn't share this with you back when we interviewed composer/writer duo Lori Laitman and David Mason for their work on VEDEM, but it was hard to keep a lid on our excitement.

Luckily, we no longer have to. The official word arrived this morning that Opera Colorado will produce the world premiere of Laitman and Mason's latest opus, The Scarlet Letter, during its 2013 season — a major coup for the Colorado arts scene.

The opera captures the drama, guilt and betrayal of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic, set in Puritan New England, with a libretto by Mason, Colorado's Poet Laureate, and a score by Laitman, one of American vocal music's most widely performed composers.

Though The Scarlet Letter has been performed by students and faculty at the University of Central Arkansas, where it was commissioned, and excerpted at the Clinton Presidential Library in 2009 and New York's OPERA America Salon Series, the Opera Colorado production, directed by Beth Greenberg, will mark its full professional debut.

The performance is slated to close the 2013 season, which marks the company's 30th anniversary, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Between now and May 2013, updates on The Scarlet Letter will be posted at

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