Conductor and pianist Michael Tilley of Boulder Opera Company

(Photo: Courtesy Boulder Opera Company)
The Boulder Opera Company this weekend presents its production of ‘“Vanessa,” Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera.

The opera tells the story of a woman who has shut herself into a house for decades after being abandoned by her lover.

The production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2950 Walnut St. in Boulder. Tickets are $25-$45.

For more on “Vanessa,” click the audio link above to hear Boulder Opera Company conductor and pianist Michael Tilley talk about the opera during a recent visit to CPR’s Performance Studio.

He explains the relationship between Barber and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti, and the creation of the Boulder production.