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T+L Reports: High Notes

Homeless for decades, Opera Colorado (303/468-2030; www.operacolorado.org) finally takes up residence in the long-awaited $91 million Ellie Caulkins Opera House on September 10. Semple Brown Design kept the shell of Denver's historic 1908 municipal auditorium for the exterior of the modern space. The old interiors—known for their lamentable acoustics and uncomfortable seats—weren't worth preserving, but the original structure can still be appreciated. A new lounge contrasts the exposed sandstone foundations with a ceiling of fiber-optic stars. When it's performance time in the 2,280-seat main hall, a spectacular chandelier above the audience folds its spokes and disappears through a hole in the ceiling. The opening headliner: soprano Renée Fleming, singing an 18-minute opera that composer Jake Heggie wrote with lyricist Terrence McNally for the occasion. —Craig Kellogg

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