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From Operetta with the Famous “Can-can” to Classic Film: Central City Opera and Denver Film Society Partner for a Preview of Orpheus in the Underworld and a Screening of Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus
Valerie Hamlin, Central City Opera Publicist/Associate Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108, vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Ann Collier, DFS Partnership Manager, 303-595-3456, ext. 227, ann@denverfilm.org
May 20, 2010

From Operetta with the Famous “Can-can” to Classic Film: Central City Opera and Denver Film Society Partner for a Preview of Orpheus in the Underworld and a Screening of Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus

From Operetta with the Famous “Can-can” to Classic Film :

Central City Opera and Denver Film Society Partner for a Preview of

Orpheus in the Underworld and a Screening of Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus

What: A preview of Central City Opera’s 2010 production of Orpheus in the Underworld and a Film Screening of the 1959 classic 35mm film directed by Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus (Orfeo Negro)

Who: Central City Opera and Denver Film Society

When: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00pm

Location: Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: $12 per person, $10 members of Denver Film Society and students

Program: Enjoy a glimpse of Orpheus in the Underworld, one of Central City Opera’s 2010 Summer Festival offerings, followed by a screening of Marcel Camus’ colorful drama, Black Orpheus (Orfeo Negro). Deborah Morrow, Central City Opera’s education and community programs director, and Howie Movshovitz, Colorado Public Radio film critic, will offer insights and entertain questions and discussion about the operetta and film.

RSVP:            Call 303-595-3456, ext.250 or visit www.denverfilm.org. Space is limited.

Denver , Colo. — On May 26 at 7:00 p.m., Central City Opera and the Denver Film Society will present a preview of Central City Opera’s upcoming Festival production of Orpheus in the Underworld, followed by a screening of the 1959 classic drama directed by Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus (Orfeo Negro). The evening will offer audiences the opportunity to gain new perspective about the satirical operetta through the dynamic medium of film. Deborah Morrow, Central City Opera’s education and community programs director, and Howie Movshovitz, Colorado Public Radio film critic, will offer insights and an overview of the use of the Orpheus legend in opera, and entertain questions and discussion about the operetta and film.

Central City Opera’s Festival production of Orpheus in the Underworld is an exciting retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Evoking the days of the Moulin Rouge, there isn't a serious minute in this operetta famous for its “Can-can” dance.  A married couple looks for an escape (from each other) and ends up, literally, on a journey to Hell! Orpheus is sent begrudgingly by the representative Public Opinion to Hades to rescue his estranged wife, Eurydice, from her new lover, Pluto. Jupiter, who learns of Orpheus’ plight from his fellow gods, joins the pursuit and intends to win the hand of Eurydice as well.  After employing the magical powers of the gods, Jupiter succeeds in seducing Eurydice to the delight of Orpheus and the dismay of Public Opinion.

Black Orpheus (Orfeo Negro), based on a play by Vinicius de Moraes, moves the ancient myth from distant Greek past to the vibrant present (in 1958-9) of Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval, the Brazilian version of Mardi Gras. Orfeu (Brenno Melo) is a streetcar conductor while Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) is a naïve country girl. This film is particularly renowned for its soundtrack by bossa nova legend Antônio Carlos Jobim. Full of life and exuberance, Camus’ film received widespread recognition including the Palme d'Or award at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, the 1960 Academy Award® for best foreign-language film and the 1960 Golden Globe® for best foreign film.

Tickets are $10 per person for students and members of Denver Film Society and $12 for non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 303-595-3456 ext. 250 or visit www.denverfilm.org. Space is limited.

The partnership between Central City Opera (CCO) and the Denver Film Society (DFS) started last year with the DFS’ Opera in Cinema Series, which featured a screening of Smiles of a Summer Night along with a live preview of CCO’s 2009 Festival production of A Little Night Music.

The companies also continue to collaborate on the Gilpin County Film Festival, which was presented for the first time in 2009 and takes place again this year on Saturday, July, 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Presented by the Denver Film Society to support Central City Opera and Gilpin Historical Society, it features a fantastic collection of film screenings that will include a sneak preview of an internationally acclaimed opera film never-before seen in the United States. Also highlighted, will be David Hockney: The Colors of Music, a rare and intimate portrait of one of most popular and influential artists of the 20 th century. Rarely seen silent films shot in Colorado and a new documentary by Colorado filmmaker Jim Havey will also be shown. Festival passes start at $18 per person and can be purchased by visiting www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter.

The Denver Film Society is a membership-based nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to cultivating community and transforming lives through film. Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society produces film events throughout the year, including the award winning Starz Denver Film Festival. The Denver Film Society's home theatre and cinematic education center, the Starz FilmCenter, presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinematheque, operated in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver's College of Arts & Media, and with support from Starz Entertainment and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Denver Film Society members support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more that 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training each year.

Celebrating its 78 th 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; 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. For the 2010 Summer Festival, June 26 to Aug. 8, Central City Opera will feature a revival of CCO’s best-selling show to date, the popular 2005 production of Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, the tragic tale of one woman betrayed by love and her ultimate sacrifice; Orpheus in the Underworld, the satirical operetta by Offenbach based on the story of Orpheus from Greek mythology featuring the famous “Can-can” dance; and Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, a modern chamber opera about the struggles of a famous actress and the twists and turns of the relationships with her two adult children. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

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