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An Intriguing Double Bill

Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky: JolanthePyotr Tchaikovsky’s 
Iolanta 
AND
Belá Bartok’s
Bluebeard’s Castle
Saturday, February 14th at 10:30am
Prologue and Epilogue Series begins at 10:00am
Colorado Mountain College
107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Questions? please call the NRO office M-F 9am to 5pm 970-453-5825

Tickets No Longer Available

$20.00 Adults $16.00 Senior (65+) & Met Member $10.00 Student  

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 40 min.

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE SYNOPSIS

Light snacks provided at intermission (donation requested).  You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you wish to be a box office volunteer at a Met Opera Live in HD event in Breckenridge, please contact Cecile Forsberg at cecile@nromusic.com or (970) 453-5825. 

Operatic Masterpiece

grigolo_f2a6520Jacques Offenbach’s 
Les Contes d’Hoffman 
Saturday, January 31st at 10:55am
Prologue and Epilogue Series begins at 10:30am
Colorado Mountain College
107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Questions? please call the NRO office M-F 9am to 5pm 970-453-5825

Tickets No Longer Available

$20.00 Adults $16.00 Senior (65+) & Met Member $10.00 Student  

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 45 min.

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley, and Christine Rice sing the three heroines-each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.

LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN SYNOPSIS

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Light snacks provided at intermission (donation requested).  You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you wish to be a box office volunteer at a Met Opera Live in HD event in Breckenridge, please contact Cecile Forsberg at cecile@nromusic.com or (970) 453-5825. 

Back For Her 3rd Summer With The NRO

jo groh ice creamJohanna (Jo) Groh is the Archivist for the Central City Opera House Collection housed at the University of Denver in the Archives and Special Collections department. Jo also has experience working in performance libraries as the head librarian for the Cleveland State Symphony Orchestra, the assistant librarian and researcher with the Colorado Symphony, and as the Assistant Librarian with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge.  This season she returns to the NRO as Co-Principal Librarian.

Jo serves as a presenter and member of the Performing Arts Roundtable for the Society of American Archivists, as a member of the Education Roundtable and conference presenter for the Music Library Association, and a member at large for the Major Orchestra Library Association. Jo has been published in the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists newsletter and in the upcoming Performing Arts Resources by the Theater Library Association.

Jo holds degrees in psychology, music performance, and library and information science. While working on her first masters, she was introduced to the world of music librarianship while working for the university music library and volunteering in the Cleveland Orchestra library. Outside the library, Jo enjoys reading nonfiction, watching Law and Order SVU, eating snacks, and annoying her dog Henry.

Announcing Stefano Sarzani As ’15 Assistant Conductor

Stefano Sarzani Photo cropped 2Born in Italy, Mr. Sarzani is currently working as assistant conductor of Sarasota Opera for the Winter Festival 2015. Most recently, he has served as assistant conductor of Atlanta Opera and Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy (France). Mr. Sarzani also worked on the educational and experimental projects of Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana conducting concerts and engaging the audience in innovative ways.

At the University of Cincinnati, he was assistant conductor of the CCM Orchestras, while finishing his doctoral studies under Mark Gibson. In Cincinnati, the highlights of his work include a fully staged production of “Le Docteur Miracle” by G. Bizet and an experimental concert featuring for the first time, Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” in an original synergy between West and East, alternating Mahler’s music with traditional Chinese music, Chinese Tang poetry and ballet.

Selected by important competitions such as the 2012 Donatella Flick, Mr. Sarzani was awarded 2ndprize in “The American Prize 2012”. Invited to the 1st Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition (May 2011, Head-Judge, Robert Spano), he qualified as a finalist. He was finalist at the XVIII Capuana Competition (October 2011) and ranked among the first three.  He has been invited to participate in masterclasses such as the 2011 Conducting Masterclass of Bernard Haitink in Lucerne and in summer courses of Gianluigi Gelmetti at Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

Mr. Sarzani served as assistant conductor, musical coach and diction coach with the Indiana University Opera Theatre, 2009-2011.  He earned his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University with David Effron and Arthur Fagen.  He graduated in Conducting from Conservatorio G. Rossini, Pesaro, Italy, under Manlio Benzi and holds an Orchestral Conducting Diploma of Accademia Musicale Pescarese, where he studied with Gilberto Serembe. He has also studied conducting with Donato Renzetti, Otto Werner-Mueller, Harold Farberman, and Michael Jinbo.  Mr. Sarzani holds degrees in piano and composition in Pesaro (Italy) from Conservatorio Statale di Musica, G.Rossini.

Please join us in welcoming Stefano to the National Repertory Orchestra!

The Merry Widow

lacombe_14001_shot_2_013_cFranz Lehar’s 
The Merry Widow
Saturday, January 17th at 10:55am
Prologue and Epilogue Series begins at 10:30am
Colorado Mountain College
107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Questions? please call the NRO office M-F 9am to 5pm 970-453-5825

Tickets No Longer Available

$20.00 Adults $16.00 Senior (65+) & Met Member $10.00 Student  

Approximate running time 3 hrs. 00 min.

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.

THE MERRY WIDOW SYNOPSIS

Light snacks provided at intermission (donation requested).  You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you wish to be a box office volunteer at a Met Opera Live in HD event in Breckenridge, please contact Cecile Forsberg at cecile@nromusic.com or (970) 453-5825. 

NRO Alumnus Finds Success In Boulder, CO

Chas WetherbeeChas Wetherbee, NRO alumnus, has a multi-faceted career, as First Violin of Carpe Diem, a full-time Professor at CU Boulder, and Concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic. 

In 2010 Charles decided to leave the Concertmaster position of the Columbus Symphony (which he held for almost 16 years) to pursue his own musical group, Carpe Diem String Quartet. Carpe Diem had just toured in Japan and Britain, so the time was right to make the quartet full time. Since the quartet members were living in different cities anyway, Chas decided to move to Colorado. He told the NRO, “While a member of the NRO, I met my future wife who grew up in Keystone Colorado, and we had always wished to move back to this beautiful area.”

In 2012, Mr. Wetherbee was invited to join the faculty of the College of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder. Chas enjoys living in Boulder, and continues, beyond his teaching responsibilities, to travel with the quartet and to pursue solo concerts as well. He states, “I was in Japan this past December, performing and recording a new violin concerto, the Storyteller, by Korine Fujiwara, with the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra. Concerts with Carpe Diem annually take us around the country for performances, residencies and teaching. Over the years, I have recorded three violin concertos for the Naxos label, as well as recorded more than half  dozen chamber CDs, many with Carpe Diem.” More information on Carpe Diem can be found at www.cdsq.org

Chas continues, “I have always felt that the experience I gained with the NRO was an important part of why I was able to win my first job with the National Symphony Orchestra in 1989. I was the Principal Second Violin of that orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich for 5 years before I accepted the position of Concertmaster with Columbus. The repertoire that we studied and the excellent leadership of Carl Topilow was invaluable in preparing me for my auditions and early years on the job. I now teach an orchestral repertoire class at CU and always reflect back on the things a learned while participating in the NRO. ”
 
Chas has upcoming recording projects and concerts with Carpe Diem, including concerts and residencies in Oregon, Arizona, and Pittsburgh in January 2015!
 
Please read more about Chase HERE

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