This afternoon, patrons at the Boulder Public Library were treated to a free concert previewing the summer festival as well as showcasing other opera favorites performed by members of the Central City Opera Ensemble. I usually think of libraries as quiet places, but the walls were reverberating with the sound of opera today!
Juliette Bratsch of the library introduced us as a “gem of an opera company” and remarked that our productions are the best she’s seen anywhere. Deborah Morrow, Central City Opera’s Director of Education and Community Programs, briefly set up each piece giving context for what was about to be heard. Starting off with a marital spat scena from Orpheus in the Underworld, Tenor Jason Baldwin (accompanied by Deborah Schmit-Lobis) attempted to “change the faithless heart” of Soprano Amanda Raddatz, by playing her his latest violin concerto….much to the chagrin of his wife.