OPERA THEATRE OF THE ROCKIES PRESENTS LA TRAVIATA
When: Sunday, March 04, 2012 - 3:00 PM (Doors open 2:00 PM)
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Opera Theatre of the Rockies is pleased to announce its exciting 2012 Season, A Season of Love and Liaisons. The season begins with Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless classic La Traviata, based on a play adapted from a French novel by Alexandre Dumas called “Lady of the Camellias.”
La Traviata is an epic love story for the ages and has become the second most performed opera worldwide. It has not been performed in its entirety in Colorado Springs since 1988 when Martile Rowland sang the lead role of Violetta at the Pikes Peak Center to rave reviews.
Martile Rowland, Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies, says that La Traviata holds a special place in her heart and she is very excited to be bringing it back to the Pikes Peak Center.
“When Donald Jenkins asked me to sing the part of Violetta in La Traviata for the Colorado Opera Festival in 1988, it was a life-altering event,” said Rowland. “That performance run was the last time audiences in Colorado Springs saw one of the most beautiful of all operas fully staged in our community.”
Rowland said that those memorable performances opened doors to opera houses around the world. “I have sung many performances of Violetta in the years since, but those 1988 performances are the most dear and special ones to me,” she said. “Now I am excited to give this same opportunity to a very gifted Colorado artist, Annamarie Zmolek.”
Described by American Record Guide as “memorable and stunning,” recent Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition prizewinner Annamarie Zmolek is quickly emerging as one of the finest young sopranos in the Southwest, performing a wide variety of operatic, concert and sacred repertoire throughout the region. This spring she is looking forward to her role debut as Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, and will reprise the role with Sparkling City Light Opera in the fall. Other upcoming engagements include Venus in Venus and Adonis with Lone Star College and Musetta in La Bohème with Green Mountain Opera Festival.
A native of Colorado, Ms. Zmolek has performed frequently with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, including the roles of Frasquita in Carmen and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. She spent several summers at the Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium, where she sang in scenes as Gilda (Rigoletto), Elvira (I Puritani), Beth (Little Women), Birdie (Regina), and Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites). She won first prize in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition in 2008. Other recent Colorado performances include the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Colorado College Summer Music Festival) and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs).
Joining Ms. Zmolek in La Traviata are seasoned performers Joel Burcham (headshot attached), who will sing the role of Alfredo Germont and Jacob Lassetter (headshot attached), who will perform as Giorgio Germont.
La Traviata is an age-old love story with a common theme – fighting to keep a mutual love alive with one partner from a modest, poor background and the other from the upper class. Because of the timeless message of this beautiful opera, La Traviata has also become a fixture in pop culture through such famous films as 1963’s Camille, starring Greta Garbo, and 2001’s hugely successful Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman.