Loveland Opera Announces New Fall Opera

By Francisco Salazar

Loveland Opera in Colorado has announced changes to its fall season.

The company announced that for the health and safety of patrons, artists and staff, the company will replace the production of Lerner and Loewe’s “Brigadoon” planned for October 2021 with Pauline Viardot’s “Cinderella.”

The company will produce “Cinderella” from Oct. 22-24 and 29-31, 2021, at Loveland’s historic Rialto Theater. The company will hold video auditions for “Cinderella” from May 2, 2021 and will hold in-person callbacks on  June 5, 2021, under strict COVID precautions.

In a statement, the company said, “While the company is optimistic about a safe return to live performance, it has elected to produce an opera with a smaller cast and shorter run-time in addition to an open-air concert this season to minimize risk and maintain the integrity of storytelling. Written by nineteenth-century composer and opera singer Pauline Viardot—an impressive female figure of music history—Cinderella is an especially bubbly and lighthearted version of the familiar fairytale. Loveland Opera Theatre’s production will be in English, introducing a new translation by Rachel Harris based on the original French.”

The company also announced that it will showcase a free, outdoor concert, “Songs from the Castle,” on July 18 at Foote Lagoon Amphitheater.

“Brigadoon” will be rescheduled for the fall of 2022.