Titans of Italian Grand Opera at Boettcher Concert Hall this weekend

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Do you love opera, operatic television commercials or even opera-themed cartoons? This weekend's Titans of Italian Grand Opera, a show tailor-made for theater newbies and aficionados alike, is sure to be scores of fun. Conducted by world-renowned Chilean maestro Maximiano Valdes, the show will have plenty of international flavor, but local flair as well, with instrumentation by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and its affiliated chorus.

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Well-known selections include Giuseppe Verdi's ubiquitous "Brindisi" from La Traviata and "Anvil Chorus" from Il Trovatore, also featured in Tiny Toons. As Sarah Hom, director of marketing for the Colorado Symphony, explains, "I think newcomers will like being able to hear music that they really know already, but hearing it in a different context. So instead of being in commercials, instead of being in cartoons, it's live and it's on stage exactly the way it was meant to be... For the opera aficionado, it is rare to hear this music sung by such a large chorus, particularly here in Denver."

In addition to the operatic excerpts, French horn player David Brussel will be offering a thirty-minute prelude to the show. "He'll be able to bring insight into what the process was like working with such a large group of people -- you've got a lot of moving parts and a lot to keep up with," says Hom. "Especially with opera music being so complex, too, it's interesting to hear the musicians' perspective."

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Boettcher Concert Hall. Tickets start at $20; get them here.

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