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CENTRAL CITY OPERA NAMES VALERIE HAMLIN AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Contact: Valerie Hamlin
Director of Marketing
(303) 292-6500 x 108
vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Kelly Nelson
Citrus PR
(303) 909-5716
kelly@citruspr.com

February 22, 2011

CENTRAL CITY OPERA NAMES VALERIE HAMLIN AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Denver, Colo - General/Artistic Director, Pelham (Pat) G. Pearce, is pleased to announce that Central City Opera has named Valerie Hamlin as Director of Marketing. "Over these many years, Valerie has truly become an asset to the company and instrumental in promoting the company's vision and mission," comments Pat Pearce. "I am excited about the energy and commitment that she brings to her new role with the company."


As Director of Marketing, Ms. Hamlin will be responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing Central City Opera's overall marketing strategy for the summer festival, as well as its year-round education, fundraising and historic property initiatives. "I'm thrilled to be taking on this new role with Central City Opera and am proud to work for an organization that offers so much to the community, the nation and the art form in general with its year-round programming and innovative summer festival," states Ms. Hamlin. "And I'm particularly passionate about our new look and feel to be launched this spring as we chart a path to the future and expand the Summer Festival with more offerings than ever for 2011."

Previously, Valerie Hamlin was the Associate Director of Marketing/Publicist with Central City Opera, having started her work with the company as Events & Public Relations Manager in 2004. Prior to joining Central City Opera, Ms. Hamlin served as Publicist for the Arvada Center for the Arts, Public Relations Director for the Colorado Historical Society, and worked with The Dallas Opera for five years as Associate Director of Marketing/Press & Public Relations Manager.

Ms. Hamlin holds a bachelor of business administration in marketing and a minor in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. She is also a graduate of the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts' Leadership Arts Program and served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Arts District Friends. Hamlin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gilpin County Arts Association and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. She also teaches Early Childhood Music classes for young children through the music and arts program at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Celebrating its 78th 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. The 2011 Festival features Bizet's Carmen, the popular story of a Spanish gypsy; the North American premiere of Handel's "magic" opera, 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 Seven Deadly Sins. 2011 Festival subscriptions are on sale now starting at just $42. Single tickets, starting at $20, are now on pre-sale online only and go on sale through the Box Office on April 1. For more information or to purchase tickets for 2011, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

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