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CENTRAL CITY OPERA & UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO OPERA PRESENT CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S 13 TH ANNUAL TOUR OF COLORADO – “OPERA ROCKS THE ROCKIES”
CCO Publicist/Associate Director of Marketing Valerie Hamlin at 303-292-6500, ext. 108 or vhamlin@centralcityopera.org.
October 21, 2009

CENTRAL CITY OPERA & UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO OPERA PRESENT CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S 13 TH ANNUAL TOUR OF COLORADO – “OPERA ROCKS THE ROCKIES”

Denver , Colo. - Central City Opera (CCO) and the University of Colorado (CU) Opera Studies program present performances of opera scenes throughout the state as part of Central City Opera’s 13 th annual tour of Colorado this fall kicking off Nov. 6 and running through Nov. 14. “Opera Rocks the Rockies” is a 90 minute concert with intermission featuring staged scenes from the operas being presented by Central City Opera in 2010 including Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Heggie’s Three Decembers , as well as selections from Ned Rorem’s Our Town, Mozart’s Don Giovanni (on CU’s 2010 performance schedule) and others. Performing for student and community audiences are members of Central City Opera’s 2009 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, soprano Claire Kuttler; mezzo soprano Amanda Russo; tenor, James Baumgardner (also a student in the CU Opera Theatre program); and baritone, Jonathan Cole. Recognized as one of the most effective and competitive career-entry training programs in the country, CCO’s Artists Training Program has earned international renown. Graduate and doctoral level students in CU’s Opera Theatre program , make up the remainder of the roster for the tour and include, soprano, Margaret Higginson and bass, Wu Wei (a former member of CCO’s Artists Training Program in 2007), along with pianist, Beth Nielsen. 2009 marks the 13 th year for Central City Opera’s award-winning touring program and the sixth year of collaboration with CU. The 2009 tour of “Opera Rocks the Rockies” begins Nov. 6 with a public community performance at the Colorado Springs Conservatory, as well as a school performance in Bennett. In addition to school performances in Estes Park, Eaton, Sterling, Bennett and Fort Collins; and two community concerts for senior centers in Denver, master classes - where artists will work directly with high school students - will also be held at many of the schools on the tour. Below is a list of public community concerts scheduled: Colorado Springs Conservatory (1600 N. Union, Colorado Springs) – Friday, Nov. 6 th at 7:00 p.m. ; FREE, Call 719-577-4556 for more information. Colorado Christian University ( CCU Music Center - 9200 W. Ellsworth, Lakewood) – Saturday, Nov. 14 th at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for seniors/students; $10 for adults; $25 for Families. Call 303-963-3333 to purchase tickets and/or for information. “We love partnering with CU to bring these talented young artists to communities and schools across the state. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved; the artists gain valuable performance experience, while students and community audiences are inspired by their talent and dedication AND enjoy great music from opera and musical theater,” states Central City Opera’s Director of Education and Community Programs, Deborah Morrow. Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs have visited more than 100 communities across Colorado and entertain and educate approximately 100,000 people each year, making it one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services. The “Opera Rocks the Rockies” tour represents Central City Opera’s participation in the first ever National Opera Week from Nov. 13 to 22, 2009, organized by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera has become such a vital part of the American musical fabric that over 90 companies/organizations from Alaska to Texas, from New York to Los Angeles, and everywhere in-between, will be participating in this special week with a range of programs for the public that demonstrate the allure and accessibility of this most multi-media of the arts and will be accessible to both opera lovers and newcomers to the art form. These events, showcasing the strength and diversity of established companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs, will range from open houses, lectures/demonstrations and community performances to the presentation of the nation’s highest award in the field, the NEA Opera Honors. For more information on National Opera Week, visit www.operaamerica.org/now. “Opera Rocks the Rockies” is sponsored in part by the Colorado Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Target and the Louis and Harold Price Foundation. For more information on “Opera Rocks the Rockies” or Central City Opera’s additional Education and Community Programs, contact Education and Community Programs Director Deborah Morrow at 303-292-6500. For media inquiries, call CCO Publicist/Associate Director of Marketing Valerie Hamlin at 303-292-6500, ext. 108 or vhamlin@centralcityopera.org.
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