Denver, Colo. (June 11, 2013)– Central City Opera announces its third annual Central City Days taking place in Central City on July 6 and July 14 as part of its 2013 Festival. A celebration of the historic summer home of Central City Opera, the event is inspired by this year’s regional premiere of Ned Rorem’s contemporary opera Our Town, based on the Thornton Wilder play. Central City Days moves across the streets of Central City and the landscape of the vintage American story, progressing from a “country fair” party to a mock wedding reception in the Teller House’s opulent Governor’s Parlor. The party and the experience conclude with surprise drama in the Opera House Gardens.
The progressive party begins on both days at 5:30 p.m. with a “country fair style” party on the scenic grounds of the Gilpin County Historical Museum, and will feature live music by Denver folk band I’m with Her and local rock jamband the Psychodillos, signature beer by Central City brewpub, Dostal Alley, delectable “fair” food, and thirst-quenching waters and teas.
Following the “fair”, the party progresses as Gilpin County Historical Society guides ( and, on July 14 only, special guest guide Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel) lead guests on a short walking tour down Central City’s cobblestone streets en route to a mock wedding reception . Staged in the Governor’s Parlor of the 1872 Teller House (once considered the finest hotel west of the Mississippi River) guests will enjoy an array of sentimental sweets and wedding cakes, wine, champagne and local craft beers, along with live operatic accompaniment before heading out to the Opera Gardens for a surprise ending.
Guests on July 6th may purchase a discount package that includes a ticket to that evening’s opening night performance of Our Town at the historic Central City Opera House, The opera begins at 8 p.m., a half hour after the Central City Days party concludes.
Guests on July 14th may purchase a discount package that includes a ticket to that afternoon’s 2:30 p.m. matinee performance of Our Town at the historic Central City Opera House with the Central City Days party commencing immediately following at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $75 for the Central City Days Progressive Party and Our Town performance, or $40 for the Central City Days Progressive Party only. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/ccdays or call the Box Office at 303.292.6700 for tickets or more information. Central City Opera subscribers can add two Central City Days passes to their subscription for just $75.
Central City Opera’s 2013 Central City Days sponsors and supporters include: the City of Central; New Age Beverage/XingTea; Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel; The Gilpin County Historical Society; Dostal Alley; Century Casino; Gateaux Bakery; Cook with Cook; Angie Stevens/I’m With Her; Brad Martin/Psychodillo; Pop Chips; and, the Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
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Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.
Central City Opera Comes to Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.
Celebrating its 81st year, Central City Opera is the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.