Students from the 2008 Emerald City Opera Institute for Emerging Singers perform Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" during summer 2008. In its second year, the 2009 institute features more students and more performances.

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Students from the 2008 Emerald City Opera Institute for Emerging Singers perform Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" during summer 2008. In its second year, the 2009 institute features more students and more performances.

Emerald City Opera expands offerings in tough times

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Gabriel Gunsberg, left, and Elizabeth Bouk performed in Emerald City Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" as part of the 2008 Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers. Now in its second year, the institute includes more students and more performances.

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Emerald City Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers student Samantha Staggs, left, performs with Korliss Uecker in the 2008 Emerald City Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata."

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Keri Rusthoi, center, played Flora in Emerald City Opera's 2008 production of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata." The artistic director and founder of the local opera company, Rusthoi will play the lead role of Adina in ECO's 2009 production of Gaetano Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love."

Event schedule

2009 Emerald City Opera and Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers season schedule:

- 6 p.m. July 21, arias concert with institute students at Bud Werner Memorial Library performance hall; $15 in advance

- 1 p.m. July 22, drama master class with Keturah Stickann at the Depot Art Center; free

- 1 p.m. July 23, vocal master class with Todd Queen at the Depot Arts Center; free

- 7:30 p.m. July 24, rodeo appearance by institute students at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; $15 for adults

- 7 p.m. July 25, Gian Carlo Menotti one-acts with institute students at the library performance hall; $15 in advance

- Noon July 28, Opera on the Green concert with institute students at Yampa River Botanic Park; free

- 1 p.m. July 28, vocal fitness class with Keith Miller at the Depot; free

- 1 p.m. July 29, movement master class with Keturah Stickann at the Depot; free

- 1 p.m. July 30, opera encounter master class with Emerald City Opera faculty at the library performance hall; free

- 1 p.m. July 31, drama master class with Sarah Meyers at the Depot; free

- 7:30 p.m. July 31, rodeo appearance by institute students at Romick Arena; $15 for adults

- 6 p.m. Aug. 1, faculty cabaret concert at the library performance hall; $25 in advance

- 3 p.m. Aug. 2, Menotti one-acts with institute students at the library performance hall; $15 in advance

- Noon Aug. 4, Opera on the Green concert with institute students at Yampa River Botanic Park; free

- 1 p.m. Aug. 5, vocal master class with Dominique Moralez at the Depot; free

- 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, rodeo appearance by institute students at Romick Arena; $15 for adults

- 7 p.m. Aug. 7, opera institute performance of "The Elixir of Love" in Saratoga, Wyo.; TBA

- 7 p.m. Aug. 8, main stage production of "The Elixir of Love" in Julie Harris Theatre at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp; $39 for the general public, $22 for students and $120 for Diva Gala patrons

- 7 p.m. Aug. 9, opera institute performance of "The Elixir of Love" in Walden; TBA

- 1 p.m. Aug. 10, career/auditions class with ECO faculty at the Depot; free

- Noon Aug. 11, Opera on the Green concert with institute students at Yampa River Botanic Park; free

- 1 p.m. Aug. 12, vocal master class with Derrick Ballard at the Depot; free

- 7 p.m. Aug. 12, opera institute performance of "The Elixir of Love" in Craig; TBA

- 1 p.m. Aug. 13, drama master class with Steven Goldstein at the Depot; free

- 7 p.m. Aug. 13, main stage production of "The Elixir of Love" Perry-Mansfield Performing; $39 for the general public, $22 for students and $120 for Diva Gala patrons

- 7 p.m. Aug. 14, arias and scenes concert with institute students at the library performance hall; $15 in advance

- 7 p.m. Aug. 15, main stage production of "The Elixir of Love" at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp; $39 for the general public, $22 for students and $120 for Diva Gala patrons

- 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23, "The Telephone" by excerpts from "The Elixir of Love," part of the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival; $20 in advance

Diva Gala prices for main stage productions of "The Elixir of Love" include reserved seating and admission into a pre-show event with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and dessert; a portion of the ticket price is a tax-deductible donation to Emerald City Opera.

Tickets to all performances are available by calling 970-879-1996 or visiting www.steamboatopera.com. Tickets to the Aug. 23 Steamboat All Arts Festival performance are available at http://steamboatallartsfestival2009.eventbrite.com.

— A new location, expanded schedule and increased master classes are on tap this summer for Emerald City Opera. The Steamboat Springs performance company is entering its seventh season with a bigger schedule and a tighter budget than ever before.

International singers will come to town for the company's main stage production of Gaetano Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" Aug. 8, 13 and 15 in Julie Harris Theatre at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

The new location offers greater collaboration between opera and Perry-Mansfield production faculty, and it allows the company to sell alcohol during performances, said Keri Rusthoi, ECO artistic director and founder. Alcohol sales were not possible during past shows at Steamboat Springs High School.

Rusthoi said the natural feel of Perry-Mansfield should fit well with the 1890s Western setting the company has given to "The Elixir of Love," and hopefully will put the shows in a more professional setting.

"In spite of the fact that it's a little smaller than the high school and it's a little more rustic, they are used to doing professional shows there," Rusthoi said.

Bringing back its Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers for a second year, ECO starts its performance season with a concert of arias presented by institute students at 6 p.m. July 21 in the Bud Werner Memorial Library performance hall.

Featuring 17 students from Baltimore, Toronto, Florida, Minneapolis, New York, North Carolina, Colorado and Cleveland, the four-week program offers instruction and performance opportunities to rising opera singers. A week longer than its inaugural year, the institute brings full student productions of "The Elixir of Love" to Saratoga, Wyo., Walden and Craig. Students also will give several concerts at the Steamboat Springs library, sing the national anthem at the rodeo and give free concerts at Yampa River Botanic Park.

"I'm really excited about how we're building audience for opera in Northwest Colorado," Rusthoi said. Every location that hosted institute performances in 2008 asked them to return this summer, she said.

Students pay tuition to attend the institute, allowing ECO to stay afloat while giving more performances, Rusthoi said.

"It's an incredibly tough year. The Opera Artist Institute has become our bread and butter, and if we hadn't incorporated that, I'm not sure what this year would look like. We put that in place before the economy fell, but boy, it's a good thing it was in the place, because granters and donors aren't in the same place they were in," she said.

"We were already on a shoestring budget, but in the seven years that the opera's existed, this is the toughest year," she said.

The opera has pulled back in some ways - a 13-person chamber group will replace the 33-member orchestra that backed "La Traviata" in 2008. But the company will offer about three times as many free master classes as it did last summer; has expanded the Opera Artist Institute repertoire to include varying roles in "Elixir"; and selected arias for two concerts and two performances of one-act shows.

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MsRusthoi 4 years, 9 months ago

Just a clarification: Emerald City Opera will NOT sell alcohol at the event-- moving locations allows us to GIVE it to our biggest supporters who choose to attend the DIVA GALA. Thanks for the great article Margaret! Keri

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