Many Denver theater-goers remember Jacqueline Antaramian from her roles with the Denver Center Theatre Company. During her ten years there, she starred in Mark Harelik's The Immigrant, Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, among others, and she was a memorable Masha in Chekhov's Three Sisters. Those who have missed her luminous onstage presence in the last few years can now catch her in the filmed version of the Met's Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz, a production that received a lot of attention in New York last winter, along with some passionately mixed reviews. See also: - Denver Center gives Blithe Spirit an airy outing - The Immigrant stands tall at the Denver Center - Chekhov, Y'All: A Civil War-era Three Sisters
No, Antaramian isn't singing -- although those who saw her in The Immigrant will remember that she has a very pleasing voice. "I was hired for my acting abilities," she says. "Berlioz purposefully has written in Andromache as a silent character. The sorrow she has over the loss of her husband, Hector, is reflected in the choice of her not singing. She comes on in act one to mourn Hector's death among the large crowd of Trojans. It's a beautiful five-minute section of music, with the choir commenting in the background while Andromache has her scene.
"Because the lovely director Francesca Zambello thought I was a very strong actress, she added me to the final scene of that act to lend additional acting stakes to the women of Troy following Cassandra's lead in the mass self-suicide at the end," Antaramian adds. "This is the Trojan epic, and it's quite vast and beautiful."
Since leaving the Denver Center, Antaramian has worked on Broadway and appeared in several television shows, including an episode of The Sopranos. She also played Cleopatra at the Utah Shakespeare Festival -- opposite another departed Denver favorite, Bill Christ.
The opera stars such major figures as Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham and Dwayne Croft. "I hope, that you'll find it as special and beautiful as I have found it," Antaramian concludes.
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Les Troyens screens at 6:30 p.m. today at the United Artists Denver Pavilions, among other local theaters; call 303-454-9032.