Opera Colorado Announces Principal Repertoire Coach for Artist in Residence Program

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Colorado has announced the appointment of Nathan Salazar to its music staff as Principal Repertoire Coach for its Artist in Residence Program.

In this new role, Salazar will work closely with this season’s Artists in Residence on refining and interpreting their work as they prepare for roles in educational programs and mainstage operas.

In a statement, Cherity Koepke, Director of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program and Director of Community Engagement said, “I am delighted to have Nathan as the Principal Repertoire Coach for the Artist in Residence Program. His love of musical exploration and the creative process speaks to the heart of what we’re trying to do through this program: tell unique stories through individual artistry. He’s such a lovely person and is dedicated to bringing out the best in each artist that he works with.”

Salazar’s role was created as part of Opera Colorado’s vision to grow its Artist in Residence program by recruiting additional talent who will contribute to the artists’ preparation and training. He will help in providing more coaching opportunities for the group of seven artists, who are selected each season through a nationwide audition process.

“I am so honored and excited to be joining the team at Opera Colorado. The minute I began rehearsals for Canciones de Nuestras Tierras with their team last spring, I felt appreciated, valued, and respected. The words ‘Be Creative’ greet you as you walk into the rehearsal space, and I truly felt free to be my most creative and authentic self. ” said Salazar.

Salazar is a pianist who has performed with Austin Opera, Opera Idaho, Orlando Opera, Opera Las Vegas, Opera Southwest, Opera America, Madison Opera, and Opera Colorado. He has also worked with the Serenata of Santa Fe, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Santa Fe Opera, The Handel and Haydn Society, The Boston Symphony, and the Boston Lyric Opera.