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CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S 2008 FESTIVAL SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE
February 15, 2008

CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S 2008 FESTIVAL SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA by Benjamin Britten
WEST SIDE STORY by Leonard Bernstein
SUSANNAH by Carlisle Floyd

ALSO ON SALE NOW

DOUBLE BILL OF APPRENTICE ARTIST PRODUCTIONS
CURLEW RIVER by Benjamin Britten
DIDO & AENEAS by Henry Purcell

DENYCE GRAVES HEADLINES OPERA POPS - A TRIBUTE TO JOHN MORIARTY

February 15, 2008 Denver, Colo. - Central City Opera is pleased to announce that single tickets are now on sale for Central City Opera’s 2008 Festival. Featuring three productions of 20th century works in English, the Festival celebrates and coincides with the National Performing Arts Convention (NPAC) in Denver in 2008. It opens earlier than usual, in honor of the Convention, running June 6 to Aug. 10.

The 2008 Festival includes a new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (six performances June 6 to June 20), the rarely performed chamber opera about a faithful woman scorned amongst political rebellion in ancient Rome; a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s popular West Side Story (June 28 to Aug. 9), a modern twist on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet tale of two lovers divided; and American composer Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (July 5 to Aug. 10), the story of an innocent heroine accused of immorality and shunned in the eyes of her rural Tennessee community.

2008 single ticket prices range from $45 to $93. Current ticket prices reflect “early bird” pricing, which is subject to change based on availability. Two opera subscription packages are available for 2008 and include tickets to West Side Story and Susannah, with 20% discount pricing for one of the six performances of The Rape of Lucretia. Subscriptions range from $75 to $153 with subscriber-only ticket prices for The Rape of Lucretia ranging from $36 to $74 (including 20% discount). To purchase tickets or for more information, call 303-292-6700 or go to www.centralcityopera.org.

In addition to its main stage productions, Central City Opera’s 2008 Festival will feature two performances only of two rarely performed operas starring members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training program. Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River, a parable for church performance based on the Japanese noh (a major form of classic Japanese musical drama) play Sumidagawa (Sumida River), will be the first half of the double-bill. The opera follows a madwoman who searches the banks of the Curlew River for her lost child. Along her journey, she learns the sad news of his unfortunate death. With the help of Monks nearby, she is cured of her madness. This new production will be performed in English at the historic St. James Methodist Church in Central City. Baroque composer Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, based on the story from the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid of the legendary Queen of Carthage Dido and the Trojan refugee Aeneas, will be the second half of the evening. Aeneas and his crew are shipwrecked in Carthage, where he and Queen Dido fall in love. Aeneas is forced to leave to found Rome. The heartbroken Dido cannot live without her love and awaits death. This new production will be performed in English at the Foundry Rehearsal Center in Central City. Curlew River and Dido and Aeneas will be presented together in one performance with an intermission between operas on Aug. 6 and 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited to 200 people. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 303-292-6700 or visit www.centralcityopera.org.

Denyce Graves, an alumna of Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Young Artists Training Program, returns as the headliner of Opera Pops - A Tribute to John Moriarty on June 17. This special evening commemorates the 30th anniversary of Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty, founder of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Young Artists Training Program in 1978. Ms. Graves will perform as part of this live concert of opera favorites presented at the Opera House in Central City, along with artists participating in the company’s 2008 Young Artists Training Program. A pre-concert dinner will be hosted by Kevin Taylor’s Rouge at the Teller House. Dinner and premium concert tickets (A Seating) are available for $250. Concert only tickets are available for $95 (B Seating) or $65 (C Seating). Buses from Denver will be available for Opera Pops. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Patron tickets and corporate tables are available. Contact Nancy Carnes Ives at 303-292-6500 for more information. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call 303-292-6700 or visit www.centralcityopera.org. For more information on Denyce Graves, visit www.denycegraves.com.

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Central City Opera House Association 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 an 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. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Central City Opera, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

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