Rafael Davila, Ólafur Sigurdarson & Ellie Dehn Lead Opera Colorado 2023-24 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Colorado has announced its 2023-24 Season featuring three productions.

“Our 41st season offers something for opera lovers and the opera curious alike, including perennial favorites, epic tales, and evocative music,” said Greg Carpenter, The Ellie Caulkins General & Artistic Director. “I am thrilled to bring Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman to life for the first time since 1997 with a brand-new production and treat Opera Colorado audiences to the sensual beauty of Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah, an opera that has not been presented by Opera Colorado in thirty-eight years. This is a season filled with great music that allows our
Opera Colorado Orchestra and Chorus to share the spotlight with our incredible line-up of artists.”

The season opens with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Bruno Taddia singing the title role. The cast also features Joshua Bloom, Danielle Pastin, Ellie Dehn, Joshua Dennis, and Kevin Thompson. Ari Pelto conducts the production by David Lefokovich.

Performance Dates: Nov. 4, 7, 10, 12, 2023 

Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” returns to Colorado for the first time since 2008. The new production by Kathleen Belcher will star Ólafur Sigurdarson in the title role, Marcy Stonikas, Chad Shelton, Harold Wilson, Dana Beth Miler, and Jonathan Johnson. Ari Pelto conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 24, 27, March 1, 3, 2024

The Opera Colorado season closes with Saint Saëns’s “Samson and Delilah.” Ari Pelto conducts the production by Keturah Stickann.  The production stars Nmon Ford, Christian Zaremba, Rafael Davila, and Katharine Goeldner.

Performance Dates: May 4, 7, 10, 12, 2024