Opera Colorado’s most recent production, The Girl of the Golden West, is an absolute triumph, not in the least thanks to Musical Director Ari Pelto.
“Several stories can be told about the artistic and organizational resurgence of Opera Colorado, but arguably no development was more consequential than the naming of Ari Pelto as music director. There is no way to overstate it: Pelto is a wizard in the pit… Throughout the opera’s three acts, Pelto’s focus was intense… Pelto’s simultaneous communication with players and singers is a marvel to behold. That is not to say that he ever draws attention to himself—far from it, and that is part of his artistry.” (The Daily Camera)
Maestro Pelto, who was named Opera Colorado’s first ever Music Director Designate in 2015, has lived up to the expectations he created with earlier acclaimed performances at Denver’s main opera house. His Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Aida and the recent world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter, were all met with excellent reviews. ‘The conductor is… an obvious and natural fit for the company’s aesthetic’, ‘Laitman’s score … nimbly led by Opera Colorado’s music director Ari Pelto’ and a conductor with ‘unrelenting energy’. The Girl of the Golden West, his first production in his new position as Musical Director at Opera Colorado, proved an equally great success.
Other upcoming productions to look forward to at Opera Colorado are Lucia di Lammermoor, La Boheme, Falstaff, and the world premiere of Gerald Cohen’s new opera, Steal a Pencil for Me, based on a true love story set in a concentration camp during WWII.
Order your tickets for this weekend’s performances of The Girl of the Golden West now, and take this golden opportunity to see the wizard at work!