A scene from Opera Colorado's "The Scarlet Letter."

(Photo: Courtesy Opera Colorado)

Last year, Opera Colorado brought its premiere of Lori Laitman's "The Scarlet Letter" to the stage at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. 

Now, listeners will have a chance to spend more time with Laitman's music, through a newly released recording of Opera Colorado's production.

As CPR News reported in 2016, "The Scarlet Letter" opened after six years of development. David Mason -- a former Colorado poet laureate -- penned the libretto, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel from 1850.

Greg Carpenter, Opera Colorado's general director, said working on the new opera gave the company a newfound sense of confidence. Opera Colorado later brought "As One," a chamber opera about transgender issues, to Denver. And the company plans to stage more new operas in upcoming seasons, including the world premiere next January of "Steal a Pencil For Me" by composer Gerald Cohen. 

Revisit CPR's feature on the making of "The Scarlet Letter," as well as Colorado Matters' interview with Mason