Over the last couple of weeks, 18 Colorado Children’s Chorale boys experienced an opportunity few will ever have.
On April 24, 27, 30 and May 2, these boys performed in incredible performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca with Opera Colorado.
Children’s Chorale Associate Director and Conductor Mary Louise Burke prepared the young singers prior to their 3-week rehearsal period with the opera company. Tosca is set in Rome in 1800 and involves war, love, cheating, lying, and betrayal (after all, it is an opera!). The boys were part of two sections of Act I; one scene where they are celebrating the defeat of Napoleon, and another where they sing a song of thanks (“Te Deum”). Also involved in the opera were four Chorale fathers who were “supers” (think “extras”) and portrayed clergymen and Swiss guards.
“They had a blast, singing in Italian and hearing the big orchestra and all those other opera singers with whom they shared the stage,” Ms. Burke said. “Being in an opera is a wonderful experience, and they have learned many things, both onstage and off.”
Tosca conductor Stephen Lord was also impressed with how well the boys performed.
“The Colorado Children’s Chorale is the finest children’s chorus I have worked with in many years,” Lord said. “They work as a true chorus with a uniformity of approach musically and also in preparation and attitude. They are respectful of the older professionals — as I consider them young professionals — who, in turn, react with awe at their contributions.”
Congrats to all 18 boys for their hard work and great performances!