Opera Colorado to Open 40th Anniversary Season with Special Performance of ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’

By Logan Martell

On September 10, 2022, Opera Colorado will present a special one-night production of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana” at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

The semi-staged performance will see director David Lefkowich and music director Ari Pelto lead a cast featuring Catherine Martin as Santuzza, Catherine Cook as Lucia, Malcolm McKenzie as Alfio, Roberto de Biasio as Turridu, and former OC Artist in Residence Kira Dills-Desurra as Lola.

“I am thrilled to present this incredible opera that is full of some of opera’s most touching music,
from the major chorus numbers to the incredible, iconic ‘Intermezzo’ that links scene one and
two,” said Artistic Director Gregory Carpenter in an official press statement. “This is truly opera at its best and shows off the impressive musical talent we are known for as we open our 40th Anniversary Season.”

The evening will also include a 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, with pre-performance cocktails and hors d’ouevres, as well as a three-course meal following the performance.