Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com
Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
June 30, 2011


Denver, Colo. (June 30, 2011) - It doesn’t take a wizard to understand opera! Central City Opera announces a host of events for families to embrace the simple magic of its North American Premiere of Händel’s Baroque opera, Amadigi di Gaula.

Families can spend a magical day in the historic city of Central City as they partake in The Wizard’s Chest Costume Day at the Opera on August 4. The day includes:

· Take a Child to the Opera at 1:00pm
Before the matinee performance, families can unlock the mystery of Amadigi di Gaula at Williams Stables. Children can participate in interactive theatre games, learn the famous Ushers’ song and head to the opera with a special gift from the Central City Opera Guild. This unique opportunity can be added to the matinee for just $10. Go to centralcityopera.org/takeachild for details.

· Magic with the Wizard at 2:00pm
Everyone is invited to meet the Wizard from The Wizard’s Chest in Cherry Creek, see a magic show, and participate in a costume contest with prizes! This special meet and greet will be held at the Opera House Garden, located right next to the Opera House. Those who mention Central City Opera or the code WIZARD on their next visit to The Wizard’s Chest will receive 25 percent off of one purchase through the end of September. Visit www.thewizardschest.com for details.

· Amadigi di Gaula Family Matinee at 2:30pm
Kiddos can don their most enchanting costume and experience a perfect introduction to opera. This special performance includes a narrator’s preview before each act and an autograph session with the singers. Perfect for ages six and up, tickets are just $15 for kids 6-18, and $20 for adults.

Other interactive performances where families can embrace the enchantment and magic of Amadigi di Gaula include:

·Colorado Shakespeare Festival Green Show, July 14 from 6:30-8pm
Prior to the outdoor performance of the Comedy of Errors at 8pm in the Mary Rippon Theatre, festival goes will be able to leisurely enjoy alternating singing performances by Central City Opera ensemble artists and a magic show by an enchanting magician. The Green Show is free and will be held in front of the Hellems building on the CU campus. For tickets to the Festival and details visit www.coloradoshakes.org.

· Magic and Mystery, July 17 from 11:30-1:30pm
Families will enjoy an afternoon of magic, activitiesand enchantment on the plaza at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Central City Opera presents two engaging and condensed performances at noon and 1:00 pm of Amadigi di Gaula, a "magic" opera full of potions and enchantment. Prior to each of those performances, a spell-binding magician will have audience members in wonder with his illusions. Magic and Mystery is included with museum admission. Event details can be found at mychildsmuseum.org/events/surprise-events.aspx.

About Amadigi di Gaula
Amadigi di Gaula is a “knight in shining armor” tale. The tale follows Amadigi, a Paladin (warrior of Charlemagne’s court) and Dardano, Prince of Thrace, who are both in love with the beautiful princess Oriana, daughter of the King of the Fortune Islands. Oriana is in love with Amadigi, as is the sorceress, Melissa, who fights for Amadigi’s love through the use of sorcery and potions. True love prevails in the end. Full of sorcery and magic, the new CCO production set in the Renaissance is reminiscent of Professor Dumbledore’s office in the “Harry Potter” movies. The first fully-staged production in North America, Amadigi di Gaula opens July 2, with performances continuing through Aug. 6. The opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

2011 Ticket and Festival Information Subscriptions and single tickets are now available for CCO’s 2011 Festival. Subscriptions to see Bizet’s popular Carmen, the first fully-staged production in North America of Händel’s Amadigi di Gaula, and a double-bill of three one-act operas: Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, The Breasts of Tiresias by Poulenc and Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, during the 2011 Festival start at just $42 and go up to $259. Single tickets range from $20 - $105, and tickets for individual one-act performances start at $10. Super Saver and group discounts are also available for select performances. For opera-goers’ convenience, an opera bus leaving from Glendale and Simms Steakhouse will be available for $18 round trip for select matinee performances. Packages are also available to see all five shows this summer. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

OMG! Central City Opera Gets Festivalized
Beyond the2011 productions, CCOwill be unveiling a new feel, new activities and new ideas that align with its new brand. On select weekends of the Festival, food carts, chalk art, buskers and entertainers will enliven the quaint, historic streets of Central City. And, for the first time, CCO invites music lovers to explore the Fringe Festival, a collection of short performances, a 19th century weekend of history and modern fun, jazz, tours, and much more. Explorers of the Fringe Festival will experience local history, nature, culture, and of course, opera like never before. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/fringe for more information and tickets.

Celebrating its 79th 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.