Immerse in Spanish  Opera! 

Goyescas: Spanish Opera and Zarzuela

This April 2017 the Boulder Opera teams up with the Boulder Phil players to celebrate Spanish culture with Goyescas and Zarzuela pieces.

Goyescas, an opera in one act by Enrique Granados, is based on a series of six paintings from Francisco Goya’s early career, inspired by the stereotypical young men and women of the majismo movement. The evening will start with a selection of Zarzuela scenes sung by the Boulder Opera’s ensemble singers.

Premiered more than a 100 years ago, Goyescas is a timeless opera that can be enjoyed by everyone.


Come celebrate Spanish culture and music!

“Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of source of their wonders.”
-Francisco De Goya




Sunday April 2nd at 4:00 p.m. Stewart Auditorium

Friday April 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts

Sunday April 9th at 4:00 p.m. Broomfield Auditorium


$35 for Orchestra seating
$30 for Middle seating
$25 for Back seating
$20 for Seniors
$15 for Students

Meet the Conductor!

Rafael Rodriguez- Conductor

Rafael had his conducting debut in Europe with the Romanian National Opera Orchestra in Constanţa in September 2013. Further engagements with this orchestra and with the Pazardjik Philharmonic in Bulgaria followed in 2014. Rafael was selected as a 2015 Conducting Fellow with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and was the second prize winner at the Black Sea Conducting Competition in Romania in 2012.

Recently returned from Lima where he led the British-Peruvian Cultural Center Youth Orchestra in concert, his work as a conductor and master teacher has taken him to Romania, Bulgaria, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and the United States. He served as Artistic Director for the national youth orchestra in the Costa Rican Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical, and led this 120-member ensemble on a tour to Mexico in 2012 featuring concerts in prestigious venues such as the world-renowned Sala Nezahualcoyotl.

Rafael is an Assistant/Cover Conductor with the Boulder Philharmonic and is currently attending the University of Colorado Boulder as a teaching assistant in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting.