CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES A NEW PRODUCTION OF PUCCINI'S LA BOHÈME
Denver, Colo.(June 4, 2012)- One of the world's most popular and beloved tales, Central City Opera's (CCO) second offering in the 2012 Festival is Puccini's famous opera, La bohème, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. An all new production, La bohème opens July 7, with performances continuing through August 12. La bohème will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.
Central City Opera will present an all new production of one of the world's most popular operas, La bohème, for its 2012 Festival's second offering. Giacomo Puccini's famous four-act opera with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa is about struggling young artists and the risks of living life on the edge. Based on Henri Murger's book, Scènes de la vie de bohème, the opera first premiered in Turin in 1896. It quickly gained popularity in Italy, then internationally, and is now one of the most performed operas worldwide. Set in Paris in around 1830 (CCO's new production will be set in the 1930s), La bohème follows the challenges faced by Bohemians, specifically Mimì and Rodolfo, whose love-at-first-sight attraction is stifled by the hopeful but impoverished lives they lead. The heartwarming story that inspired the Tony award-winning musical Rent, La bohème combines the perfect mix of romance, friendship, and the pursuit of love and art.
Making his debut with Central City Opera, grammy-nominated Kevin Newbury will direct the new production of La bohème. Says Newbury, "For the community of artists in La bohème, love feels apocalyptic -- and only art and music can express the depth of the characters' romantic feelings. Paris in the mid-1930s provides an ideal context in which to explore this idea of apocalyptic love." He adds, "Our approach will animate the cycles of destruction and reconstruction that characterized the rebuilding of Paris between the World Wars. We are interested in exploring how a community of artists finds and expresses love in this rich, potent context."
Live Broadcast on Colorado Public Radio: July 7
Colorado Public Radio (CPR) will broadcast Central City Opera's opening-night performance of La bohème on July 7.This is the second live broadcast from the historic opera house. Classical Music Host Charley Samson will present the La bohème broadcast and provide interviews with performers and insightful commentary throughout the program. The broadcast begins at 7:55 p.m. The opera will start at 8 p.m.. Listeners can tune in to: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.CPR.org.
Celebrating his 21st Festival with the company in 2012, CCO Music Director John Baril will serve as conductor of La bohème, having led a wide range of productions during his tenure with the company, including 2010's performances of Three Decembers and this past summer's triple bill of one-act operas. Chorus Master for Opera Colorado since 2003, Mr. Baril made his official Opera Colorado conducting debut this month leading Le nozze di Figaro and conducting the young artist performance of The Barber of Seville for the company in February 2010. He made his Opera Delaware debut in May 2010 conducting Tosca and also recently made his Nashville Opera debut leading Don Giovanni. Adam Turner returns to CCO for his second season as the company's Associate Conductor. Mr. Turner will conduct two of the mainstage performances and the Family Matinee. Currently Resident Conductor and Chorus Master with Virginia Opera, he has also worked with Portland Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Stadttheater Pforzheim in Germany, and many others.
Tenor Eric Margiore makes his CCO debut in the leading role of poet Rodolfo. Praised by Opera News for his "brilliance and style, brio and high-octane vocalism," Mr. Margiore is an international contender in the principal Italian bel canto and romantic tenor repertoire. Mr. Margiore has also performed as Rodolfo with the Opera Ischia Festival in Italy. Other appearances include Narraboth in Salome with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Hong Kong; and Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon with New York City Opera. Playing Rodolfo's love interest, Mimi, soprano Elizabeth Caballero returns to CCO following her 2011 debut as Micaëla in Carmen. Acclaimed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "powerful diva in the making," Ms. Caballero is becoming widely recognized for her fearless portrayals of the lyric soprano repertoire. Since her 2008 debut as Mimi with the Palm Beach Opera, Ms. Caballero has played the role with the San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Seattle Opera. She has also starred in roles including Frasquita in Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Seattle Opera, and Nedda in I Pagliacci with New York City Opera, to name a few. Baritone Troy Cook makes his CCO debut as painter and Rodolfo confidant Marcello, a role which he has performed with the Berkshire Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Semperoper Dresden in Germany. Some of Mr. Cook's additional roles have included Mr. Flint in Billy Budd and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the San Francisco Opera, Giacomo in Beatrix Cenci with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Morales in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. Soprano Deborah Selig returns to play Marcello's lover Musetta, following her CCO debut as Zerlina in 2006's Don Giovanni. Ms. Selig's recent operatic credits include Tessa in Trinity with Santa Fe Opera and Pamina in The Magic Flute, Rose in Street Scene, Mary Warren in The Crucible, and Marion in The Music Man, all with Chautauqua Opera. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green makes his CCO debut as Colline, philosopher and friend of Marcello and Rodolfo. A resident artist with Opera Colorado in 2011, Mr. Green was one of five winners nationally of last year's Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and of a 2011 Sara Tucker grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Mr. Green made his Met debut performing as part of the Met's 2011 Summer Recital Series. With Opera Colorado, he performed Colline in La bohème and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola and his upcoming engagements include The Commendatore in the Juilliard production of Don Giovanni and Jake in Porgy and Bess with the Berlin Philharmonic. Bass-baritone Thomas Goerz makes his CCO debut as Benoit and Alcindoro. Known for his dramatic integrity and vocal clarity, he has performed with the Met, Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and many others. Colorado Children's Chorale will also perform, providing the cast of the children's chorus.
Rounding out the remainder of the cast are members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program including: Chris Carr as Schaunard; Nicholas Nesbitt as Parpignol; Aaron Ingersoll as the Custom-House Officer; Edward Nelson as Sergeant; and Galeano Salas as the Prune Vendor.
Kevin Newbury makes his CCO debut as director of La bohème. Mr. Newbury's work has been produced throughout North America and Europe. His production of Virginia for the Wexford Opera Festival won the 2010 Irish Times Theatre award for Best Opera Production. He has directed productions for Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, New York City Opera, L'Opéra De Montréal, and locally for Opera Colorado. Known for his commitment to developing new work, Mr. Newbury has directed many world premieres, five of which have been published or recorded for commercial release. Scenic Designer David Korins will make his CCO debut with the production. Recipient of the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortell, and Hewes Design awards, as well as the 2009 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design, Korins credits include the world premiere of Life is a Dream with Santa Fe Opera and Chinglishwith the Longacre Theatre. Among his designs on Broadway and off are Magic/Bird, Godspell, An Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, and The Pee-Wee Herman Show. Costume Designer Jessica Jahn will also be making her CCO debut. Some of her recent projects include: Die, Mommie, Die! with New World Stages (Winner ofthe Lucille Lortel Award); La Cenerentola at Glimmerglass Opera; Life is a Dream with Santa Fe Opera; and Die Liebe der Danae at Bard Summerscape. Upcoming projects include Werther and Anna Bolena with Minnesota Opera, as well as Maria Stuarda at Houston Grand Opera.
2012 Festival Tickets on Sale Now! 2012 Festival subscriptions include the options of a two-pack of Oklahoma! and La bohème or a three-pack including The Turn of the Screw. Subscriptions are on sale now starting at just $32 and single tickets start at $20. In addition to its slate of operas for 2012, CCO will continue to present innovative offerings that will enhance the Central City experience and engage a broader and younger audience. For more information or to purchase tickets for 2012, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
Central City Opera's 2012 Festival is sponsored in part by: SCFD, 9 News, The Denver Post Community, 5280 magazine, CCOHA Endowment Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, Lanny and Sharon Martin, and Pamela and Louis Bansbach.