Program Notes

Biography of Oscar Wilde

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Program Notes

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Ireland on October 16, 1854. His father, Sir Willliam, was a noted Ear-Nose-Throat surgeon; his mother’s nom de plume was Speranza and she hosted extravagant soirées in their Dublin home, No. 1, Merrion Square, probably the most…

Luke Howard Biography

Posted by Opera Gal in Program Notes

Dr. Howard began his formal music studies in Sydney, Australia, where he received the Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in piano.  He then earned a Master of Arts in Musicology from BYU in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University…

Symbolism, Themes, and Criticisms

Posted by Luke Howard in Program Notes

It’s not easy to tease out the symbolism and themes of The Magic Flute in their entirety because they will resonate differently with each viewer. They are interconnected, complex, and dependent on context and individual experience for their interpretations. But some overarching themes do rise…

Background to The Magic Flute

Posted by Luke Howard in Program Notes

Few composers have made such a pronounced impact on the development of opera as Mozart. Like his older colleague Christoph Gluck (1714-87), Mozart understood that by the mid-18th century the traditions of opera inherited from the baroque had become stale and stilted. By applying many…

When Money Grew on Trees

Posted by Opera Gal in Program Notes

When Money Grew on Trees: The Rubber Boom and the Creation of an Opera House in the Jungle By Rex Fuller, Written for Opera Colorado “Florencia Grimaldi’s brilliant voice will reopen a theater’s dormant lock,” declares Riolobo as the El Dorado departs the docks in…