THE MIRROR PALACE IS BACK IN 2017!
Unrivaled in beauty and mesmerizing in singularity, the Mirror Palace returns to Mt. Crested Butte for another season of outstanding performances! The Music Festival’s summer home allows for unique, multi-sensory experiences and various configurations for performers, ensuring no event is the same. “People loved it. People were over the moon for the tent,” says Crista Ryan, CBMF Executive Director. The Mirror Palace is a semi-permanent structure of European origin known as a spiegeltent (“tent with mirrors”). Round in shape and handmade of canvas, wood and, of course, plenty of mirrors, spiegeltents have traveled worldwide to host dance halls, town fairs, and other entertainment since the late 19th century. Today, the few remaining spiegeltents are much-loved legendary symbols of the wild fin-de-siècle nightlife. Experience a taste of genuine nostalgia in this magical venue.
CBMF would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Tom and Stephanie Seymour, whose extraordinary generosity made possible the arrival of the Victoria Spiegeltent to Mt. Crested Butte in 2016 and its return for another splendid summer of performances in 2017.
RECORD NUMBER OF APPLICANTS TO SHINE IN OPERA DOUBLE BILL
With over 500 national applicants this year, the Crested Butte Opera Studio program continues on its way to national prominence. The selected young artists will star in two comedic works that highlight delightful stories of mistaken identities: Offenbach’s The Island of Tulipatan and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Tulipatan is a dual tale of duplicitous identities, and Gianni Schicchi tells the story of a man who successfully impersonates another with surprising results. Complete your perfect summer day with a beautiful night of opera this summer.
Graduates from our 2016 Opera Studio have been busy this fall. Two of our leads from La bohème reprised their roles with other companies: Sonja Krenek sang Mimì with the Colorado Symphony, under the baton of Andrew Litton, and Dane Suarez sang Rodolfo with Houston’s popular Opera in the Heights.
Colin Ramsey made his LA Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy alongside the world-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Colin is currently a resident artist with Opera San José, where he is singing roles in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, La bohème, The Barber of Seville and Lucia di Lammermoor.
Ben Taylor is currently a resident artist with Florida Grand Opera, singing roles in Carmen and Eugene Onegin this season. He will return to Opera Theatre of St. Louis next summer to sing in Madama Butterfly.
For more updates like these and other alumni/new artist information, check out our new Artists page.
EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING
Emily & Erik Peterson
“This coming summer, the professional CBMF orchestral musicians will be joined by the nation’s top pre-professional conservatory musicians, creating a unique mentorship opportunity and adding to the vibrancy of the festival.”
Director of Artistic Administration – Opera
“We are excited to present comedies this season! Offenbach’s Island of Tulipatan and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi will bring a huge smile to your face and are ideal operas to showcase the talents of our Studio Artists. All in all, the opera season will be a joyful summer!”
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Danek Bienkowski & Jo Ann Macy
Tom & Linda Biery
Joan & John Binkow
Thomas & Sara Fotopulos
Christe & Tim Fretthold
Don & Cathey Humphreys
Kathy & Scott King
Seth Novatt & Priscilla Natkins
Bob & Suzanne Schutt
Donna Seligman & John Garrett
Kevin & Lotte Roache
Anne & Bill Ronai
Dr. Randall & Barbara Rosenblatt
Bob & Suzanne Schutt
Stephanie & Tom Seymour
Bob Valentine & Steve Bolton
Martha Violett, in memory of Ted Violett
Joe & Becky Williams
Paul & Donna Witt
Gregory & Wita Wojtkowski
*Underwriters listed alphabetically as of 12.1.2016
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