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Central City Opera Presents Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella) July 14 Through August 19
July 10, 2007

Central City Opera Presents Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella) July 14 Through August 19

Central City Opera Presents Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella) July 14 Through August 19

Jul 10, 2007
4:23pm

Denver, Co. - French composer Jules Massenet’s version of the popular fairytale, Cendrillon (Cinderella) will be presented in a new production at Central City Opera this summer. The classic story follows Cinderella’s sad existence with an evil stepmother to her night at the ball and happily ever after. With a libretto by Henri Cain, the opera is based on Charles Perrault’s rendition of the rags-to-riches tale complete with the fantasy of the Fairy Godmother, sprites, fairies and a magical glass slipper. Cinderella opens Saturday, July 14 and runs through Aug. 19 at the Central City Opera House in Central City, Colo. Sung in French with English supertitles.

“It makes for a real family drama,” states Stage Director Marc Astafan. “Yes, there is a familiarity to it, because it is Cinderella, but I hope when the audience sees the depth of these characters, they will see it as a new story too. Not just an old fairy tale, but a very vivid, current story about a young girl who is trying to find her way in life.”

Performing Artists
Central City Opera Music Director John Baril conducts Cinderella following his success with Don Giovanni last summer. Having started his work with the company in 1992, Mr. Baril has conducted over 100 performances during his tenure such as Madama Butterfly, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Little Women and Street Scene. He is joined by mezzo-soprano Leah Wool, who returns in her role debut as Cinderella, after her highly-touted performances as Erika in Vanessa (2005). Ms. Wool made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera this year in Suor Angelica and debuted with New York City Opera in Il Viaggio a Reims last season. She has also recently performed with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Utah Opera. Fort Collins, Colorado native and a former Apprentice Artist with CCO, tenor Vale Rideout appears as Prince Charming. Mr. Rideout performed last March in Central City Opera’s Opera’s Great Hits II collaboration with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and has performed recently with San Francisco Opera, the National Philharmonic, and Anchorage Opera. Soprano Heather Buck performs the role of La Fée, the Fairy Godmother. A Central City Opera Studio Artist in 1996, Ms. Buck’s recent appearances include her debut with Santa Fe Opera in The Magic Flute last summer and Faustus with Spoleto Festival USA. The bass-baritone role of Pandolfe, Cinderella’s father, will be double-cast. Patrick Carfizzi will perform the role for performances from July 14 through Aug. 11, returning after his most recent performances as The Doctor in Vanessa (2005) and previously as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2002). A frequent artist at the MET, Mr. Carfizzi’s recent credits there include performances of La Bohéme, Turandot and Andrea Chenie. Philip Cokorinos who made his debut with the company as Leporello in last summer’s Don Giovanni. will perform the role of Pandolfe on Aug. 14, 17, 19,. Recently, Mr. Cokorinos was seen in Romeo et Juliette at Nashville Opera, Macbeth at Edmonton Opera, and in La Bohème at the MET Opera in the Park series. Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak* will make her company debut as Madame de la Haltière, the stepmother. A frequent performer with the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Zifchak made several company debuts last season, including in Così fan tutte with Seattle Opera and in Hänsel and Gretel with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Production Team
Marc Astafan, who has worked often with Central City Opera directing both festival productions and collaborations with the CSO, returns to create this new production with set designer Caleb Wertenbaker. Frequent collaborators, Astafan and Wertenbaker worked together on last year’s Don Giovanniat Central City Opera and designed a new production of Cinderella for the New England Conservatory in 2005. Most recently Mr. Astafan has directed La Cenerentola for Nevada Opera, Gianni Schicchi and Les Mamelles de Tiresias for New England Conservatory, and Madama Butterfly for Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Wertenbaker recently designed Mahagonny for Opera Boston, Psyche for Boston Early Music Festival, and Orpheus in the Underworld for New England Conservatory. Costume designer Sara Jean Tosetti* makes her CCO debut with Cinderella. Lauded for her “inventive costumes” in the New York Times, Tosetti’s credits include Manuscript and The Exonerated at Darryl Roth Theatre and several productions for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. David Martin Jacques returns as Resident Lighting Designer for the 2007 Festival, after his most recent appearance with the company lighting Madama Butterfl in 2005. A complete listing of the cast for Cinderella is located at the end of this release.

“When Marc (Astafan) and I first spoke about Cendrillon he wanted to root it in the Empire period. I love this period, specifically because the silhouette is so close to the body,” states costume designer Sara Jean Tosetti. “We also wanted to keep a storybook quality, lifting it from historical recreation, and an overriding sense of magic and whimsy. So I began twisting the period, modernizing it in some places, and literally drawing patterns onto the clothes to create this world.” Visit www.centralcityopera.org to view a selection of Sara Jean Tosetti’s costume renderings and Caleb Wetenbaker’s scenic designs.

Ticket Information
Subscriptions to see La Traviata, Cinderella and The Saint of Bleecker Street (with exclusive subscriber-only pricing for the world premiere of Poet Li Bai) during the 2007 Festival are still available ranging from $107 to $215. Single tickets range from $43 to $87. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700; 800-851-8175 or go online to www.centralcityopera.org.

Commemorative Book- Theatre of Dreams: The Glorious Central City Opera – Celebrating 75 Years
Central City Opera’s commemorative coffee table book, entitled Theatre of Dreams: The Glorious Central City Opera- Celebrating 75 Years, highlighting the company’s 75 year history and including never before seen photos, is now available to the public. A limited number have been published. Prices are $75 (including shipping). A copy of the book can be purchased at the Central City Opera Gift Shop in the Teller House in Central City, Tattered Cover bookstores, or by calling 303-292-6700 or visiting www.centralcityopera.org.

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For tickets or additional information visit www.centralcityopera.org or call (303) 292-6700

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Currently in its 75th year, the 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 pursue its four-part mission 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. The 2007 75th Anniversary Festival includes Verdi's La Traviata, the world premiere of Guo Wenjing's Poet Li Bai, Massenet's Cinderella and Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street. For tickets and information call (303) 292-6700, (800) 851-8175 or visit www.centralcityopera.org..

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