"Women Are Like That"
Mozart’s clever opera buffa follows the lives of two sets of lovers whose fidelity is put to the test in a comedy of errors. Lines are hilariously blurred as deceit and desire cause characters to lose sight of what is reality and make believe.
Come see one of Mozart's most adored musical works that satirizes undependable women while showing men are hardly perfect themselves.
Ekaterina Kotcherguina and Dianela Acosta play the sisters, Szilvia Schranz is Despina, Michael Hoffman sings Ferrando, Joshua Devane is Guglielmo and Joshua South plays the scheming Don Alfonso.
Sung in italian with english subtitles, featuring an ensemble orchestra led by Maestra Sara Parkinson and direction by Ron Ben-Joseph.
THIS OPERA FULL OF LAUGHS AND TEARS WILL BE SHOWING IN LONGMONT AND BOULDER:
Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm - Stewart Auditorium, Longmont
Sunday, March 25th at 3pm - Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder
Praised for her “fresh and exuberant” stage presence by the Daily Camera, Russian soprano Ekaterina Kotcherguina is a flexible performer, equally compelling when portraying lighthearted damsels or tragic heroines. She holds an affinity for music of the Baroque and Classical period and particularly enjoys singing innovative interpretations of the Baroque repertoire.
Her 2017-2018 season will see her performing the role of Fiordiligi in Boulder Opera Company’s production of Così fan tutte, in addition to appearances with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival, the Boulder Fine Tuned Society, the Arkansas Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado chapter of Opera on Tap, and Bel Canto Artists - an outreach group with Opera Ft. Collins.
Since moving to Boulder, Ms. Kotcherguina’s operatic repertoire has grown to include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with Eklund Opera Theatre; Adina (L’elisir d’amore) with Boulder Opera Company; and Musetta (La bohème) with Opera In The Rock in Arkansas. Other engagements have included performances with the Augustana Arts Concert Series, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and the New Century Music Concert Series (Oklahoma).
Winner of the 2017 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, Ms. Kotcherguina received her Performance Certificate in Opera and Solo Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder, and her Masters of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her training includes the prestigious Music Academy of the West, OperaWorks - Advanced Artists Program, London Summer School of Voice, and the Up North Vocal Institute.
Baritone Joshua DeVane makes his first appearance with Boulder Opera as Le Roi (Massenet's Cendrillon), and can also be seen as Guglielmo in Boulder Opera's Spring 2018 production of Mozart's Cosí fan tutte. Although he is a specialist in contemporary opera and art song, Mr. DeVane is at home in much of the operatic canon as well. His CU Eklund Opera credits include Danilo (Lehar's Die lustige Witwe), Papageno (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte), Eisenstein (Strauss' Die Fledermaus), Top (Copland's The Tender Land), and Dandini (Rossini's La Cenerentola). Recent professional credits include Gianni Schicchi (Puccini's Gianni Schicchi), with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance and the Pilot (Portman's The Little Prince) with Opera Fayetteville. Otherupcoming performances along the Front Range include Danilo, with Loveland Opera Theatre and Germont (Verdi's La Traviata) with the Boulder Symphony. Mr. DeVane is a native of South Georgia, and spent most of his adult life in the Savannah area before moving to Boulder in 2015.
Originally from Spain, Dianela received her M.M in Voice performance from Denver University, and her B.A in Music and Italian from Hunter College in NY. While in NY, she was a Resident Artist with Dicapo Opera where she performed the roles of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly and Angelina in Cenerentola. Other roles of note are Ariodante, Carmen and Annio from La clemenza di Tito with Opera Forum, Stephano from Faust with NYLOT, and Marcellina from The Marriage of Figaro and Maddalena from Rigoleto with Amato Opera. Dianela sings regionally with the Central City as part of their ensemble artists and with Opera on Tap. She founded Boulder Opera with the aim of producing innovative and exciting performances and to bring audiences closer to this old art form.
Bass, Joshua South, was featured in August 2016 at Opera North (USA) as Angelotti in Tosca. He also sang the role of Sparafucile with Amore Opera in May 2016, the Alter Diener in Elektra with Create Opera, and was an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera in early 2016.
He also developed and performed the role of Mr. Hare in the New York workshop of Julian Grant and Mark Campbell's The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare, a new opera which will serve as a collaborative effort between Boston Lyric Opera and Music Theatre Group.
Hailed as “unforgettable” by The New York Times, Joshua South has career highlights that include a Carnegie Hall debut in the New York Philharmonic’s West Side Story Suites, an Avery Fisher Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, and a New York City debut with Kent Tritle in the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. Joshua also appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the critically-acclaimed staging of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, directed by Sir Jonathan Miller. In 2010, he gave a recital and masterclass tour in China, with performances in Shanghai and Xiamen.
Szilvia Schranz was born in Budapest, Hungary into a family of musicians that had worked for generations in the Hungarian National Opera House and Hungarian Festival Orchestra. At age 10, she moved with her family to Boulder, CO where she grew up at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, and later studied voice at the University of Colorado. She furthered her studies with a post-graduate diploma in vocal training from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. While in London, she studied with world-renown voice teacher Vera Rózsa. She received a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Michael Hoffman, a native of Minnesota, recently finished his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from CU- Boulder, following the completion of his
Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota.Since moving to Colorado in 2014, Hoffman has appeared in performances with the Colorado Symphony (Spoletta- Tosca; Jacey Squires- The Music Man), performed with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra (Viennese
Extravaganza), the Parker Symphony (The American Flag Cantata), the Boulder Philharmonic (Messiah), and tenor soloist in The Colorado Masterworks Choir’s performance of Handel’s Israel In Egypt. Hoffman’s upcoming performances include a Christmas concert with the Parker Symphony, Mozart’s Cosi fan
tutte with Boulder Opera, and he will attend the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival this summer. Most recently, Hoffman performed Schubert’s Auf dem Strom in
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall as a representative of the University of Colorado- Boulder’s School of Music. He maintains a voice studio in Boulder and
as part of the boulder arts week, boulder opera will present cosi fan tutte with piano
Friday, April 6 at 7:00pm - St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
General Admission: $27