American Stories by American Women

American Stories by American Women

Apr 25-28, 2024

American Stories by American Women

"Proving Up" is “harrowing ... powerful ... a true opera of our time.” —The Washington Post

Experience two unique chamber operas created by powerful American female composers. Amy Beach's "Cabildo" tells the supernatural story of notorious pirate Pierre Laffite's escape from a New Orleans prison during the War of 1812. Missy Mazzoli's "Proving Up," based on a short story by Karen Russell, is a surreal and haunting commentary on the American dream as experienced by a fictional family of 1860s homesteaders. 

Sung in English.

Great repertoire, lavish scenery, amazing voices and outstanding value—these are the hallmarks of the CU Boulder College of Music Eklund Opera Program. Director Leigh Holman and Music Director Nicholas Carthy bring you the best of classical and contemporary opera in these fascinating productions.

Performance Dates and Times

Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Buying Options and Discounts

Save 15-20% with season tickets, available in the Choice Option. Single ticket discounts available for groups (10+), seniors (65+), youth (K-12) and CU Boulder faculty, staff and students. Learn more

This production contains simulated violence, flashing lights and themes of slavery, alcohol use and child mortality.

CU Eklund Opera Presents “American Stories by American Women”

The CU Eklund Opera Program offers American history this weekend, seen through a surreal and supernatural lens.

Peter Alexander, Sharps & Flatirons

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A Haunting Double Bill

"An open door. A broken window. Ghostly visages from the past. All this and more will feature on stage when the CU Boulder College of Music’s Eklund Opera Program presents “American Stories by American Women,” an exciting operatic double bill featuring two uniquely American stories."

Henry Michaels

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Music Director

Nicholas Carthy

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