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Two nights of opera on tap for Beaver Creek

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Special to the DailyTeatro Lirico D'Europa presents a full-scale version of Verdi's timeless tragedy "Aida" at the Vilar Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado “-Opera lovers and novices alike have a unique opportunity to see not one, but two full-scale opera performances in Beaver Creek as Teatro Lirico D’Europa makes a stop at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. The acclaimed European touring opera company will present “Great Moments of Opera” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and “Aida” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The ensemble has performed at the VPAC each of the past four seasons, and continues to bring to life the most beloved, timeless operas in history on the stage in Beaver Creek.

On Sunday night, they will present “Great Moments in Opera,” a showcase of the most beloved and famous arias, duets and choruses from the greatest operas of all time. Teatro Lirico D’Europa created this special evening specifically for the Vilar Performing Arts Center in 2007 and now returns with the popular showcase for its third annual installment. The evening will feature highlights from “La Boheme,” “La Traviata,” “Il Barbiere Di Siviglia,” “Turandot,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Madama Butterfly” and “Carmen,” among others.

On Monday night, the esteemed ensemble presents Guiseppi Verdi’s masterpiece, “Aida.” This opera has it all ” treachery, love, power, jealousy, betrayal and death.



It is the story of Aida, an Ethiopian slave, and Radames, an officer in the Egyptian army. Though their countries are at war, they secretly fall in love, and he betrays his homeland. The plot is further twisted by the fact that Amneris, the Pharaoh’s daughter and Aida’s master, is in love with Radames. When his betrayal is discovered, he is captured, tried and condemned, but the passion he shares with Aida can be extinguished only by death as the lovers are entombed alive, together for eternity.

Verdi’s score is packed with showstoppers, from the tenor’s soaring aria “Celeste Aida” to the massive chorus and trumpet fanfares of the “Triumphal March” to the moving duet of the final tragic tomb scene.

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At 5 p.m. on Sunday, Vilar Performing Arts Center Executive Director Kris Sabel hosts “Opera 101,” a pre-performance discussion offering insight into “Aida.” The discussion will be held in the May Gallery, located adjacent to the box office in the upper lobby of the theatre, and refreshments will be available. Join us for this complimentary discussion, offering an enhanced appreciation of the following evening’s opera.

Teatro Lirico D’Europa was born in 1988, the brainchild of former ballet star Yves Josse and opera singer Giorgio Lalov. They toured Europe for seven years to great critical success, later setting their sights on touring the company in America. Winter 2000 saw the first major American tour, and the company has been performing for audiences from Boston to Beaver Creek ever since. Past Vilar Center appearances include “La Traviata,” “La Boheme,” “Carmen” and “Tosca.”

Tickets for both Teatro Lirico D’Europa performances are $65/$75 based on seating. Tickets are available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day; the box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional hours on performance days.


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