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A Bit of History on Central City Opera’s Education Programming

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog was written by Deborah Morrow, Director of Education & Community Engagement In the late 70s Central City Opera began formally offering education programs that toured to schools and other facilities.  Duain Wolfe, who also founded the Colorado Children’s Chorale and Colorado Symphony Chorus, instigated these programs.  He was CCO’s Artistic Administrator […]

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What to Listen for in LA TRAVIATA – Act I

John Baril Conductor, La Traviata For our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide), we asked John Baril, Central City Opera’s Music Director and Conductor for La Traviata, to write about some of the musical themes and devices Giuseppe Verdi employed in this opera and what to listen for.  Here are his thoughts: ACT I La […]

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA PRESENTS LEADING LADIES: CREATORS, INFLUENCERS AND CHANGEMAKERS

THIS DYNAMIC PANEL DISCUSSION IS PART OF THE POWER OF WOMEN (POW!) PROJECT, INSPIRED BY CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S LA TRAVIATA Friday, May 15 at Robert E Loup Jewish Community Center WHO: Central City Opera (CCO) will host a panel discussion with Colorado’s leading ladies about their role as creators, influencers and changemakers. The event is part of CCO’s […]

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES THE POWER OF WOMEN (POW!) PROJECT, DYNAMIC EVENTS ABOUT THE EVOLVING ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY INSPIRED BY CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S LA TRAVIATA

 Project Kicks Off with FREE Round Table Discussion and Live Performance at CU Boulder Thursday, March 19  Denver, Colo. (March 13, 2015) —  Central City Opera (CCO) announces The Power of Women (POW!) project. This series of dynamic events exploring the evolving role of women in society includes round table talks, comedy night, a panel discussion of powerful women and live […]

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How well do you know the von Trapps?

The story of the von Trapp family has changed quite a bit over the years. There were even differences between the autobiographies written by Maria von Trapp and her stepdaughter Agathe (portrayed as Liesl in The Sound of Music). Can you guess where the following situations first appeared? Your choices are: A. Real life B. The […]

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MONDAY NUN DAY: Richard Rodgers’ Research for The Sound of Music

For today’s Monday Nun Day posting, we take a look into the creation of the music sung by the nuns in The Sound of Music. Did you know that this liturgical-style music was written specifically for the production? There’s also quite a bit more of it in the stage version than what you might remember from […]

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Maria Zifchak Discusses her Contrasting Maternal Roles

It’s a good thing Maria Zifchak is a Libra. By day she pleads for her condemned son’s life while suffocating under the publicity’s scrutiny, but by night she runs a private, bucolic convent while offering sage advice. Of course Ms. Zifchak is only acting in both scenarios, but her performances are so convincing one would […]

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Central City Opera Begins 2014 Festival with a (Dynamite) Bang

The mining town of Central City runs reliably like clockwork: ominous clouds followed by only light rain between 2:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon, then a bustling Eureka Street at 5:00, and finally a starry sky at midnight above the Rockies. On June 28, however, there was only sunlight, the traffic consisted of waltzing fathers […]

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Central City Celebrates Annual Madam Lou Bunch Day

Central City is lovably quirky. It’s known simultaneously for its singing Opera House and dinging casinos. Its elevation is nearly 8,500 feet, placing it among the highest cities in the country. And once a year it’s host to dames on beds being pushed around by townsfolk in drag. Interns McEntee, Abernathy and Ting posing in […]