CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S THE SCENE PROUDLY PRESENTS RIVERBOAT ROYALE

Central City Opera

Contact

Nancy Rebek, Publicist – Show Boat
nancy@nrpr.com, 303-370-6777

Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing
hbrecl@centralcityopera.org, 303-292-6500

CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S THE SCENE PROUDLY PRESENTS RIVERBOAT ROYALE: A POST-SHOW BOAT MARDI GRAS BALL IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN DENVER AUGUST 10

WHO: Central City Opera’s young professionals group for the culturally curious, The Scene, presents Riverboat Royale, a fun post-show masquerade ball in the heart of downtown Denver.

WHAT: Following the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance of Show Boat, attendees can top off their experience with a fun and unique event. Upon arrival, guests can indulge in delicious Creole cuisine from Bayou Bob’s and imbibe in beer from Central City’s Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino, wine or the signature cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery. Attendees can enjoy live jazz while bidding on auction items to benefit Central City Opera. Guests may then choose to test Lady Luck at the Riverboat Royale Casino with black jack and roulette, and win prizes from The Wizards’ Chest while enjoying more live entertainment throughout the gallery.

The evening entertainment will feature the jazz trio of Michael Fitzmaurice, Mark Harris, and Eric Moon, along with stiltwalking by Matt Bergen, balloon sculptures by Carrie Turrentine, pop-up opera by Central City Opera Ensemble Artists Antoine Hodge and Jennifer DeDominici, and a dance performance by Wonderbound.

Masks will be provided or attendees can wear their favorite. The Wizard’s Chest will also have a selection of decorative masks available for purchase at the event.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700.
Hurricane – Show Boat, Riverboat Royale + open bar, gift bag $125
Crawfish – Show Boat, Riverboat Royale $95
Jambalaya – Riverboat Royale + open bar, gift bag $80
Po’ Boy – Riverboat Royale event only $50

WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 2013
2:00 p.m. – Show Boat Matinee Performance at the Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
5:30 p.m. – Cocktails, Cuisine and Auction at Dikeou Collection
7:00 p.m. – Casino Games and More Live Entertainment

WHERE: 
Show Boat matinee: Denver’s Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
950 13th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Parking in the DPAC garage is $12.

Riverboat Royale:
Dikeou Collection (Walking distance from the Buell Theatre)
1615 California Street
Colorado Building, Suite 515
Denver, CO 80202
Parking in the 1627 California Street garage is $6 after 4 p.m.

The Dikeou Collection was opened in 2003 by New-York based artist and curator Devon Dikeou. This hidden gem houses the collections of cutting-edge contemporary artists like Momoyo Torimitsu, Vik Muniz and other artists, such as Devon Dikeou. Gallery visitors are welcomed by the two most well-known pieces in the collection, a pair of giant pink inflatable bunnies by Torimitsu.

WHY: Riverboat Royale is a fund raiser hosted by Central City Opera’s The Scene, a young professionals group for the culturally curious. The Scene was launched in the spring and supports Central City Opera’s innovative initiatives.www.centralcityopera.org/thescene

Riverboat Royale is made possible by generous donations from the following sponsors: Event Sponsors Arlene and Don Johnson, Industrial Income Trust, Perkins Coie, P.C.; Friends of The Scene Anne and Dave DeMarco, Logan Hovells, P.C., JansenLegal P.C. and Lewis Bess Williams & Weese; In-kind Sponsors Bayou Bob’s, Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino, photographers Mark and Kristen Sink, photographer Mark Kiryluk, costume designer Janetta Turner.

Central City Opera 2013 Festival 
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opened the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering running at the Opera House through July 28.

Central City Opera Comes to Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

Single tickets start at $20 for Central City performances and Show Boat tickets start at $22. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

 

Celebrating its 81st 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 in its 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.

 

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA PRESENTS AN ARRAY OF 2013 FESTIVAL OFFERINGS FROM CENTRAL CITY TO DENVER

Central City Opera

Contact

Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Denver, Colo.- Central City Opera’s (CCO) 2013 Festival is officially underway, and there’s much to do between now and mid-August! Running June 29 – Aug. 12, this year’s Festival begins at the Central City Opera house with new productions of Rossini’s comedic opera, The Barber of Seville and Ned Rorem’s opera, Our Town, based on the classic Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder.

The festival continues in Denver with a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s glorious American musical, Show Boatperformed only in the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Patrons will also enjoy a wide range of additional Festival offerings to enhance their opera experience.

2013 CCO Festival Main Stage Productions
The 2013 Festival opens with a new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville,running June 29 through July 27. The opera is one of the most beloved and performed operas throughout the world. The Barber of Seville had its world premiere in 1816 in Italy and was one of the first Italian operas performed in the United States. This Italian comic opera in two acts about a matchmaking barber is set among the everyday places and characters of 17th century Seville, Spain. It tells the story of Rosina, a young woman who is a ward to an older man, Dr. Bartolo, who plans to marry her when she is of age so he can have her dowry. But Rosina is in love with the poor student, Lindoro, who has been serenading Rosina and is really the nobleman Count Almaviva in disguise. Figaro, the barber of Seville, is asked by Almaviva to help him lure Rosina so he can tell her he loves her. Figaro’s advice and actions lead to the adventures and mistaken identities for which the opera is known. The Barber of Seville will be performed at the Central City Opera House in Italian with English supertitles.

CCO will bring a new production of Ned Rorem’s opera Our Town to the stage for nine performances opening July 6 and running through July 28. Rorem, an award-winning composer, worked with librettist J.D. McClatchy to transform Thornton Wilder’s classic American play into an opera that premiered in 2006. Known as a quintessential American play, Our Town tells the story of the ordinary and extraordinary events in the lives of those in Grover’s Corners, a small New Hampshire town in 1901. A story that delves into three critical components of the human experience – daily life, love/marriage and death/loss – Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work in 1938. Our Town will be performed in English.

As its final production for the 2013 Festival, CCO will feature a new production with seven performances of Show Boat running in Denver only at the Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Buell Theatre from August 6 through August 11. This musical, written in 1927 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, tells the story of the workers on a Mississippi showboat over the course of 50 years, from 1880 to 1927. The musical was innovative for its time, combining the lightness and spectacle of musical theater with the serious themes of racial prejudice and tragic love. Revivals of Show Boat, which features songs such as “Ol’ Man River”, “Make Believe”, and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” have won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (2008). Show Boat will be performed in English.

Full cast lists and biographies for the main stage productions are available atwww.centralcityopera.org/festival.

Additional 2012 CCO Festival Offerings
In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, Central City Opera continues to present innovative offerings that will enhance the Central City experience and engage a broader and younger audience.

Lunch and a Song (July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28) Lunch and a 30-minute performance by a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Training Program Artist will whet audience member’s opera appetite at the relaxed Teller House. Performances, which begin at 11:45 am and are accompanied by a lunch prepared by Kevin Taylor’s Face Bar restaurant, precede main stage opera performances and take place at 11:45 am. Tickets are $30.

Short Works (July 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28) A wide array of short opera and musical theater scenes will surely excite both the opera virgin and the opera veteran. Performed by members of CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. Held at the intimate Williams Stables Theatre at 1:15 pm, tickets are only $12 ($8 for subscribers).

Central City Days (July 6 and 14, 5:30-7:30pm) An extraordinary celebration of Our Town, this progressive party leads participants through a tour of historic Central City locales based on the three acts of Our Town. Activities include a country fair with food, beer, wine and live music and a short walk led by one of Colorado’s celebrated storytellers to a wedding reception complete with cake, champagne and special performances. Passes are $40. CCO Subscribers may purchase two passes for just $75. A package including a performance of Our Town on the day of the event is also available for $75.

Après Opera (July 13, 19, 20, 26) After evening opera performances, festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails and impromptu performances by the company’s talented 2013 performers at the Teller House. Free admission.

Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee (July 18, 2:30 pm) Attendees can introduce themselves and their children to opera at a special matinee of The Barber of Seville that includes a narrator’s preview before each act and an autograph session with the singers. Tickets are $15 for kids (6-18), and $20 for adults. For an extra $10, festival goers can add pre-show Central City activities.

Riverboat Royale (August 10) Following a performance of Show Boat at the Buell Theatre, patrons are invited to experience with this fun après show masquerade ball in the heart of downtown Denver, hosted by Central City Opera’s young professionals group, The Scene. Participants will enjoy cocktails, creole cuisine, live jazz music and a silent auction. The “Riverboat Royale Casino” will host craps, black jack and roulette. Several packages are available, ranging in price from $50 to $125.

Central City Opera 2013 Festival 
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town about not-so-ordinary life in small town America is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.

Show Boat at Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Show Boat,Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic slice-of-life musical of workers on a Mississippi showboat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 81st 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 in its 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.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA PRESENTS ITS THIRD 2013 FESTIVAL PRODUCTION IN DENVER: KERN AND HAMMERSTEIN II’S SHOW BOAT

Central City Opera

Contact

Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Seven Performances August 6-11 at The Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Riverboat Royale Mardi Gras Ball August 10

Denver, Colo.- As its final presentation  of the 2013 Festival, Central City Opera (CCO) will  feature  a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s glorious American musical, Show Boatin Denver at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The production opens on August 6 with seven performances running through August 11. Show Boat will be performed in English.

This musical, written in 1927 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, tells the story of the workers on a Mississippi showboat over the course of 50 years, from 1880 to 1927. The musical was innovative for its time, combining the lightness and spectacle of musical theater with the serious themes of racial prejudice and tragic love. Revivals of Show Boat, which features songs such as “Ol’ Man River”, “Make Believe”, and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” have won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (2008).

Riverboat Royale – Mardi Gras Ball in Denver on August 10 at the  Dikeou Collection
On August 10, people can top off their Show Boat in Denver experience with a fun après show masquerade ball in the heart of downtown hosted by Central City Opera’s group of young movers and shakers, The Scene. Attendees can indulge in cocktails delicious creole cuisine; test their lady luck at the Riverboat Royale casino with  black jack and roulette; dance the night away to live hot jazz; and bid on silent auction items to benefit Central City Opera. Riverboat Royale will be held at the Dikeou Collection, located at 16th and California in downtown Denver. For the matinee and Riverboat Royale event, tickets are $95. The patron ticket, which includes the matinee, Riverboat Royale event with open bar, a gift bag and signed show poster is $125. Tickets to  the Riverboat Royale post-show event only  are $50. Visit http://www.centralcityopera.org/riverboat or call 303-292-6700 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Performing Artists
Hal France returns to lead the Central City Opera (CCO) Orchestra after his lauded performances of Susannah in 2008. Having enjoyed a longstanding relationship with CCO, additional previous productions include The Saint of Bleecker Street (2007), L’Italiana in Algeri (2003), A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (2002) and Gloriana (2001). He has collaborated with many of this country’s great opera companies, including New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Hal’s 2013 conducting season also includes The Grapes of Wrath for Northwestern University and Bluebeard’s Castle and Carmen for Opera Omaha.

Following his most recent role with CCO as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! last summer, and his prior appearances as Lutz in the 2004 production of The Student Prince and Dr. Pangloss in Candide (2000), Gene Scheer returns to CCO to play the role of Cap’n Andy. In addition to his appearances as a performer, Mr. Scheer is acclaimed for his music and lyrics. He has collaborated often with composer Jake Heggie, including the critically acclaimed 2010 Dallas Opera world premiere, Moby-DickThree Decembers, performed at Central City Opera in 2010; and the lyric drama To Hell and Back, featuring Patti LuPone. Mr. Scheer also worked as librettist with Tobias Picker on the 2005 Metropolitan Opera premiere of An American Tragedy. A composer in his own right, he has written pieces for singers such as Renée Fleming, Sylvia McNair, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Larmore, Denyce Graves and Nathan Gunn; and also wrote the music and lyrics for the song “American Anthem” featured in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, The War performed by Norah Jones. A New York City musical theater, film and television veteran, mezzo-Soprano Denise Lute* will be making her CCO debut as Parthy Ann, Cap’n Andy’s wife and mother to Magnolia. In addition to regularly performing with theater companies throughout New York City and with regional companies including the John F. Kennedy Center, Ms. Lute has appeared in numerous episodes of Law & Order and had recurring roles in The Guiding Light and Ed. Most recently, she sung the role of The Widow Quince in The Tennessee Playboy with Triad Theatre, Mother Burnside in Mame with Goodspeed Musicals, and Dorothea in Fa La Lahwith Actors Studio. Having performed in many Off-Broadway and regional productions, soprano Julia Burrows* makes her CCO debut as Magnolia, an aspiring performer and the daughter of Cap’n Andy and Parthy Ann. Ms. Burrows recent credits include: Marian in The Music Man with the Ogunquit Playhouse; Lori-Beth in Garry Marshall’s Happy Days with the Goodspeed Opera House and Papermill Playhouse; and Cornelia in Pirates with the Papermill Playhouse.

Soprano Angela Renée Simpson* makes her CCO debut in the role of Queenie, Joe’s wife and the ship’s cook. Critics worldwide have lauded Ms. Simpson’s voice as wonderfully powerful, fascinating, thrilling and extraordinary. Last season, she made her debut as Queenie with Lyric Opera of Chicago,  she reprised the role with Washington National Opera in May and will also perform it with San Francisco Opera in 2014. She has received critical acclaim as Serena in Porgy and Bess, a role she has performed with New York City Opera, Styriarte Festival and the Malta Music Festival. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera, La Scala Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Miami Opera and New York City Opera.

Soprano Emily Pulley returns to CCO in her role as leading lady Julie. A CCO regular and a former CCO Apprentice Artist, Ms. Pulley most recently appeared with the company as Beatrice in 2010′s Three Decembers and in the title role of Susannah in 2008. Having performed a wide range of roles in her career with opera companies from the Metropolitan Opera to London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and everywhere in between, Ms. Pulley has enjoyed many of her biggest successes in contemporary American operas. Her credits in the genre include Lavinia in Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra at New York City Opera, Lysia in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata with Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera, and Sarah Miles in Heggie’s The End of the Affair at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Most recently, Ms. Pulley has performed the role of Beatrice in Three Decembers with Fort Worth Opera, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Virginia Opera, and Georgetta in Il Tabarro with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

Baritone Troy Cook will perform the role of the handsome riverboat gambler, Gaylord Ravenal. He made his CCO debut as Marcello in last season’s La bohème a role he has performed often including with 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 The Barber of Seville with the San Francisco Opera, Giacomo in Beatrix Cenci with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Morales in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. His recent credits include Father Palmer in Silent Night with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda with the Washington Concert Opera.

Bass Soloman Howard* will be making his CCO debut as advice-giving dock worker Joe, a role he  also  played with the Washington National Opera in May. The oldest of seven children, Mr. Howard grew up homeless on the streets of Washington D.C. Feeling that a lot of what he went through and his experiences as a child made him a stronger human being, it’s no surprise that he just   completed his second year of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program,   and performed the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with the company. His recent credits include a debut with Washington Concert Opera as Leone in Verdi’s Attila, and performances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with the Conservatory Project.

Baritone Curt Olds returns as actor Frank after his most recent appearance with the company as Will Parker in 2012′s Oklahoma! and John Styx in 2010′s Orpheus in the Underworld. A former Studio and Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, Mr. Olds now enjoys a career in both opera and musical theater having performed in the original German production of Cats, on Broadway in Riverdance, as well as with Arizona Opera, Edmonton Opera and Hawaii Opera Theatre, to name a few. Recent credits include Herman in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera on the James, and Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with the Eugene Opera. Having grown up with Central City Opera, Denver Center Theater and the many other amazing theater companies throughout Colorado, local mezzo-soprano Ellen Kaye* will be making her CCO debut as Ellie. Having received her training throughout Europe and in New York, Ms. Kaye was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical by the Denver Post for Eva Peron inEvita in 2011 and for her role as Kate Monster in Avenue Q in 2012. Most recently, Ms. Kaye performed with the Ensemble in Romeo and Juliet with the Denver Center Theater Company, Kate Monster/Lucy in Avenue Q, The Musical with the Boulder Dinner Theater, and with the Ensemble in Chess, The Musical with the Arvada Center. See the end of this release for a full cast list.

Production Team
Central City Opera’s production of Show Boat will be directed by Ray Roderick*, who will be making his debut with the company in 2013. A writer, director and choreographer Mr. Roderick has many credits to his name, the latest of which include direction of Mame that starred Tony-Nominated Louise Pitre and Broadway veteran Judy Blazer; Denver’s longest running show I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; the writing and direction of ‘S Wonderful! The New Gershwin Musical; assistant director to the legendary Jerry Lewis and the new Broadway bound musical The Nutty Professor based on the 1963 movie; and many more. Most recently, Mr. Roderick was the Associate Director for the Broadway production of the Music Man, and Stage Director for the national tour, and was the co-author, director and choreographer of Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano national tour.

Scenic Designer James Youmans* will make his CCO debut with Show Boat. Mr. Youmans has designed award-winning scenery for Broadway, Off-Broadway, television, regional theater, touring productions, and theme parks. On Broadway, Mr. Youmans has designed the revival of Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly AwaySwinging on a Star, and revivals of West Side Story and Gypsy. Other live events Mr. Youmans has designed include The Music City Holiday Spectacular at Opryland and the NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show for NBA Entertainment. Costume Designer Tracy Christensen* will be making her CCO debut withShow Boat. Having designed costumes for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, dance, concert and touring productions, Ms. Christensen received the 2007 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Costume Design – Large Theater for the production ofSouvenir with the Brentwood Theater. Recent credits include: My Fair Lady for the Kennedy Center Spring Gala Benefit; Good News with the Goodspeed Opera House; and, Abundancewith the Hartford Stage. Also making his CCO debut is Nevin Steinberg*, who will be the sound designer for Show Boat.  A founding principal of the sound design firm Acme Sound Partners, Mr. Steinberg provided sound design services for dozens of Tony Award-winning Broadway shows including In the Heights, Hair, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Light in the Piazza, Avenue Q and La bohème. While with the company, Acme was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Sound Design for The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair and In the Heights.  The company also won the Drama Desk Award four times, for Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Ragtime, and La bohème. Mr. Steinberg is currently preparing for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Carnegie Hall.  Recent sound designs on Broadway include the Performers and Magic/Bird, both of which opened (and closed) in 2012. David Martin Jacques returns this summer for his 13th festival as Resident Lighting Designer.  He has been lauded for his design of more than 300 theatre, opera, television, dance and special event productions.  The Wig/Makeup Designer is Dave Bova, who made is his CCO debut in 2012. Mr. Bova’s recent work has included Cabaret and Death of a Salesman with The Dallas Theater Center, Sweeney Todd with Barrington Stage, and Annie Get Your Gun with the Ravinia Festival.

Central City Opera 2013 Festival – Tickets on Sale Now!
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.

Central City Opera Comes to Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. Single tickets start at $20 with two-show subscriptions starting at just $32. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 81st 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 in its 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.

(Costume designs and headshots available upon request.)

Show Boat
Music                                                         Jerome Kern
Book and Lyrics                                       Oscar Hammerstein II
Conductor                                                 Hal France
Director                                                      Ray Roderick
Assistant Director                                     Kyle Lang
Scenic Designer                                      James Youmans
Costume Designer                                  Tracy Christensen
Assistant Costume Designer                 Jennifer Raskopf
Lighting Designer                                    David Martin Jacques
Wig/Makeup Designer                            Dave Bova
Assistant Choreographer                       Becky Timms
Sound Designer                                      Nevin Steinberg
Associate Conductor/Chorus Master   Levi Hammer
Guest Chorus Master                              Carmen Marie Coleman
Musical Preparation                                Bonnie Koestner, Tatiana Vassilieva
Stage Manager                                         Diane Line
Assistant Stage Manager                       Rachel L. Ginsberg
Cast                                                            
Steve Baker                                              Patrick Murray
Queenie                                                    Angela Renée Simpson
Parthy Ann Hawks                                  Denise Lute
Cap’n Andy Hawks                                 Gene Scheer
Ellie Mae Shipley                                     Ellen Kaye
Frank Schultz                                           Curt Olds
Julie LaVerne                                           Emily Pulley
Gaylord Ravenal                                      Troy Cook
Magnolia Hawks                                      Julia Burrows
Joe                                                              Soloman Howard
Pete                                                            Wesley Gentle
Sheriff Vallon                                           Max Wier
Jim Greene                                               Robert Murphy
Windy                                                         Galeano Salas
Young Kim                                                Grace Pouliot**
Jake                                                            D. Justin Carpenter
Adult Kim                                                   Leah Bobbey
Card Dealer                                              Alexander Elliott
Backwoodsman                                       Nicholas Ward
Jeb                                                              Matthew Opitz
Ethel                                                           Jasmine Habersham
Mrs. O’Brien                                              Nicole Woodward
Mother Superior                                       Monica Soto-Gil
Charlie Jeffrey                                          Grayson Gates
Lottie                                                          Adria Caffaro
Dottie                                                          Leah Edmondson Dyer
Old Lady on the Levee                            Kerriann Otaño
Ensemble                                                  Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artists and Guest African-American Chorus

*Indicates Central City Opera debut
**Member of Colorado Children’s Chorale

 

Central City Opera Guild Presents Annual Girlfriends’ Day in Central City and the First Overture Night in Denver

Central City Opera

Contact

Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Denver, CO (June 13, 2013) – The Central City Opera Guild (CCOG) presents its annualGirlfriends’ Day at the Opera event in Central City, along with a new event titled Overture Night before a performance of Show Boat at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The dates for these fun and festive events are: Tuesday, July 23, including a performance of Rossini’s beloved The Barber of Seville, and Thursday, August 8, including a performance of Kern and Hammerstein II’s Show Boat.

Girlfriends’ Day in Central City - The Barber of Seville: Tuesday, July 23 – The day begins with a buffet lunch at Noon in the Terrace Room at Central City Opera’s Teller House prepared by Lifestyles Catering, followed by a short opera preview at 1:50 p.m. at the Williams Stables Theatre. Guests will then proceed to the Central City Opera House for the 2:30 p.m. matinee performance of The Barber of Seville. Tickets for Girlfriends’ Day, including lunch and the opera are $79 each, and may be purchased by calling the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700. Parking is available in the Teller House lot (adjacent to the Opera House) for $12.
Rossini’s comic opera about the matchmaking barber Figaro is set among the everyday characters and places of 17th century Seville, Spain. Figaro’s advice and actions lead to the adventures and mistaken identities for which the opera is known.  It will be performed in Italian with English supertitles above the stage.
Girlfriends’ Day appeals to music lovers as well as business women who want to experience a beautiful summer day in Central City with friends, clients and colleagues,” says Denise Sanderson, CCOG President.

Overture Night in Denver - Show Boat: Thursday, August 8 – An event for girlfriends or for a date night, guests will enjoy refreshments before the show at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel’s V’s Lobby Lounge from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the 7:30 pm performance of Kern and Hammerstein II’s Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets for this special Denver evening are $79, which includes one theater ticket and assorted appetizers and two drink tickets at V’s Lobby Lounge (additional cocktails may be purchased at the bar). Tickets may be purchased by calling the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700. Parking is available at the Tabor Center garage for $6 or at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Kern and Hammerstein II’s popular musical features favorites like “Ol’ Man River,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”  This story of the workers on a Mississippi show boat combines the lightness and spectacle of musical theater with the serious themes of racial prejudice and tragic love. The show is performed in English.
“Since the run of Show Boat will be in Denver at the Buell Theatre, we hope to attract new patrons to Central City Opera, one of the longest-running opera companies in the country celebrating 81 years in 2013,” says Sanderson.

One of the premiere summer music festivals in Colorado and a leader among opera festivals internationally, Central City Opera’s 2013 Festival runs June 29 – Aug. 11. It opens with two new productions in the Central City Opera House including Rossini’s comedic opera featuring a matchmaking barber, The Barber of Seville and Ned Rorem’s opera,Our Townbased on the classic Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder about life in small town America.  The CCO Festival then comes to Denver with a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s story of love on the Mississippi, the glorious American musical, Show Boatwhich will only be performed at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The ultimate opera experience, each production features internationally acclaimed artists, visually stunning sets and costumes and a professional live orchestra. For more information on the 2013 Festival, go to www.centralcityopera.org.

The Central City Opera Guild, established in 1974, assists Central City Opera through work in historic preservation, education, cultural and social events, and fundraising. Visit www.centralcityopera.org for more information.
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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES THE 3RD ANNUAL CENTRAL CITY DAYS: AN EXTRAORDINARY PROGRESSIVE PARTY BASED ON THE CLASSIC AMERICAN STORY, OUR TOWN

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Contact

Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Denver, Colo. (June 11, 2013)- Central City Opera announces its third annual Central City Days taking place in Central City on July 6 and July 14 as part of its 2013 Festival. A celebration of the historic summer home of Central City Opera, the event is inspired by this year’s regional premiere of Ned Rorem’s contemporary opera Our Town, based on the Thornton Wilder play. Central City Days moves across the streets of Central City and the landscape of the vintage American story, progressing from a “country fair” party to a mock wedding reception in the Teller House’s opulent Governor’s Parlor.  The party and the experience conclude with surprise drama in the Opera House Gardens.
The progressive party begins on both days at 5:30 p.m. with a “country fair style” party on the scenic grounds of the Gilpin County Historical Museum, and will feature live music by Denver folk band I’m with Her and local rock jamband the Psychodillos, signature beer by Central City  brewpub, Dostal Alley, delectable “fair” food, and thirst-quenching waters and teas.
 
Following the “fair”, the party progresses as Gilpin County Historical Society guides ( and, on July 14 only, special guest guide Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel)   lead guests on a short  walking tour down Central City’s cobblestone streets en route to a mock wedding reception .  Staged in the Governor’s Parlor of the 1872 Teller House (once considered the finest hotel west of the Mississippi River) guests will enjoy an  array of sentimental sweets and wedding cakes, wine, champagne and local craft beers,  along with live operatic accompaniment before heading out to the Opera Gardens  for a surprise ending.
 
Guests on July 6th may purchase a discount package that includes a ticket to that evening’s opening night  performance of Our Town at the historic Central City Opera House,   The opera begins at 8 p.m., a half hour after the Central City Days party concludes.
 
Guests on July 14th may purchase a discount package that includes a ticket to that afternoon’s 2:30 p.m. matinee performance of Our Town at the historic Central City Opera House with the Central City Days party commencing immediately  following at 5:30 p.m.
 
Tickets are $75 for the Central City Days Progressive Party and Our Town performance, or $40 for the Central City Days Progressive Party only. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/ccdays or call the Box Office at 303.292.6700 for tickets or more information. Central City Opera subscribers can add  two Central City Days passes to their subscription for just $75.
 
Central City Opera’s 2013 Central City Days sponsors and supporters include: the City of Central; New Age Beverage/XingTea; Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel; The Gilpin County Historical Society; Dostal Alley; Century Casino; Gateaux Bakery; Cook with Cook; Angie Stevens/I’m With Her; Brad Martin/Psychodillo; Pop Chips; and, the Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
 
Central City Opera 2013 Festival – Tickets on Sale Now!
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem's operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.
 
Central City Opera Comes to Denver's Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II's Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.
Celebrating its 81st 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 in its 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.
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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES THE REGIONAL PREMIERE OF NED ROREM’S OUR TOWN

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Contact

Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Denver, Colo. (June 10, 2013)- For its second 2013 Festival offering, Central City Opera (CCO) brings the regional premiere of Ned Rorem's contemporary opera based on the classic play, Our Town, to the stage for nine performances, opening July 6, with performances continuing through July 28. Our Town will be a new production performed in English.
 
Known as a quintessential American play, Our Town tells the story of the ordinary and extraordinary events in the lives of those in Grover's Corners, a small New Hampshire town in 1901. A story that delves into three critical components of the human experience – daily life, love/marriage and death/loss – Thornton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work in 1938. 
 
Ned Rorem, an award-winning composer, worked with librettist J.D. McClatchy to transform Thornton Wilder's play into an opera that premiered in 2006 at Lake George Opera (now Opera Saratoga) in New York. States the New York TimesOur Town is "an intimate chamber opera to match the play's spareness…Rorem's music is accessible, singable, and full of integrity." 
 
Central City Days: An Extraordinary Celebration of Our Town
July 6 and July 14, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Central City
A progressive party before opening night of Our Town on July 6 and following the 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on July 14, attendees can enjoy the third annual Central City Days. Loosely based on the three acts of Our Town, the festive event progresses from a “country fair” party on the scenic grounds of the historic McFarlane House with live music, food and beer to a vintage mock wedding reception in the Teller House’s opulent Governor’s Parlor complete with sweets, wine, champagne and live operatic singing.  The party and the experience conclude with a surprise finale in the Opera House Gardens. Tickets are $75 for the Central City Days Progressive Party and Our Town performance, or $40 for the Progressive Party only. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/ccdays or call the Box Office at 303.292.6700 for tickets or more information.
 
Performing Artists
Christopher Zemliauskas returns to CCO to conduct Our Town after conducting Oklahoma! in 2012, Carmen and Amadigi di Gaula in 2011, and A Little Night Music in 2009. Currently the Assistant Musical Director of the Opera Program at CU Boulder, Mr. Zemliauskas has been the Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Central City Opera for productions including Carmen, West Side Story, Susannah, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, and Massenet's Cendrillon. He has also been on the music staff with Minnesota Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Colorado, and Indianapolis Opera.
 
Praised by the New York Times as "nimble of voice, body and spirit," soprano Anna Christy continues to impress audiences with an extraordinary blend of sparkling voice, powerful stage presence and innate musicality. She returns to CCO to perform the title role of Emily Webb, following her past CCO roles as Olympia in 2004's Les contes d'Hoffmann and Tytania in 2002's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Says Christy, “Emily offers me a breadth and depth of characterization that I don't often get to portray, and I get to use music and the visceral experience of the human singing voice to elevate her emotions.  I'm most looking forward to experiencing her journey, and sharing the stage with some of the best singing actors I know.”
  
Ms. Christy made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte in 2005, and two more debuts followed that year, with appearances as Muffin in the world premiere of William Bolcom's A Wedding at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Zemire in Zemire et Azor. In 2006, Ms. Christy appeared with the Metropolitan Opera as Hortense in the world premiere production of An American Tragedy, and returned later in the season with performances of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Other important past engagements include her San Francisco debut as Angel More in The Mother of us All; Marzelline in a concert version Fidelio with the San Francisco Symphony; Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Los Angeles Opera; Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music and Annabelle in The Glass Blowers with New York City Opera; and her Santa Fe Opera debut as Jiang Ching in the world premiere of Madame Mao. Ms. Christy is the recipient of a 2005 Martin E. Segal Award, the 2004 ARIA award, a 2002 Sullivan Foundation Grant, and the 2000 Shouse Debut Artist Award from Wolf Trap Opera, among others. Recent performances include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with the English National Opera, Lisette in La Rondine with the Metropolitan Opera, and the title role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Canadian Opera Company.
 
Acclaimed for his versatility in both opera and concert, tenor William Ferguson*makes his CCO debut performing the role of the endearing George GibbsMr. Ferguson made his debut with the Santa Fe Opera in 2006 as Caliban in the North American premiere of Thomas Adès' The Tempest. The same year, Ferguson joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera where he has performed Beppe in I Pagliacci as well as roles in Le nozze di Figaro and The Magic Flute (under the baton of James Levine). A regular artist at The New York City Opera, his performances have included the title role in Candide, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, the Funeral Director in A Quiet Place, and twice as Hérisson de Porc-Épic in L'Étoile, among many others. Additional recent credits include the Electrician in Powder Her Face with New York City Opera, the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with the Opera Memphis, and Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro with Los Angeles Philharmonic. 
 
Colorado native, tenor Vale Rideout, returns to CCO as narrator and commentating guide through Grover's Corners, Stage Manager. Mr. Rideout performed the role of George Gibbs in the professional premiere of Rorem’s Our Town at Lake George Opera in 2006. His other CCO credits include acclaimed performances as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (2012), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (2009), Sam in Susannah and the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia in 2008, and the Prince in the 2007 production of Cendrillon. A former CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, Mr. Rideout has since performed throughout the United States and in Europe and will make his debut this season with the New York Philharmonic performing Britten's War Requiem. Most recently, Mr. Rideout won a 2011 Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Classical, for Milwaukee's Florentine Opera Company's production of Elmer Gantry in which he sang the role of Frank Shallard.
 
Singing her brilliant lyric repertoire all over Europe and North America in a career spanning over 30 years, soprano Sally Wolf returns to CCO to perform the role of  Emily's mother, Mrs. Webb. In addition to her role as Donna Anna in CCO's 2006 production of Don Giovanni, Ms. Wolf has received critical acclaim for her portrayals of Mimi in La bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and has performed with many of the world's most prestigious opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, The Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Grand Théâtre du Genève, Monte Carlo Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, to name a few. Recent credits include playing the role of Alice in Falstaff and Berta in Barber of Seville with the Seattle Opera, and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Austin Opera. Ms. Wolf is currently on the voice faculty of Westminster Choir College/Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey where she has taught since 2001. With a "deep, toffee-smooth voice and convincing interpretive abilities" (New York Times), bass Kevin Langan returns to CCO to sing the role of George's father and town doctor, Dr. Gibbs, following his previous CCO roles as Commendatore in 2006's Don Giovanni and Seneca in L'Incoronazione di Poppea. With a career spanning 35 years and 1,300 performances, recent credits include Friar Laurence in Opera Colorado's Romeo and Juliet; Colline in La bohème and Basilio in The Barber of Seville with the Metropolitan Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with both New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera; Timur in Turandot with San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, and Santa Fe Opera; and many others. 
 
Opera singers Kevin Langan and Sally Wolf will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in Central City this July as they perform together in CCO's production of Our Town. When asked to share their secret for wedded bliss, Langan says, “We have always respected each other's gifts and vocal talents, and have never imposed on the other to make any sacrifices on our careers even though it meant we often were separated for extended periods of time. We always check our egos at the door when we are together and never allow any jealousies over our careers to invade our relationship, both personal and professional.” Adds Wolf, “I am still awed by his talent, discipline and perfectionism! With respect to jealousies, how can you be jealous of someone you love and respect especially when you will never compete for the same roles/jobs?”
 
Baritone John Hancock returns to CCO as Emily's father, Mr. Webb, following his performance as John Buchanan in CCO's 2002 Summer and Smoke. Acclaimed for his refined vocalism and theatrical versatility, Mr. Hancock has appeared regularly with Metropolitan Opera, along with the San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glimmerglass Opera, and many others. A graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, he was a winner of the Richard F. Gold Grant presented by the Shoshana Foundation, numerous grants and prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Loren L. Zachary Society and the Sullivan Foundation. His recent credits include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Portland Opera, the title role of Kepler in Kepler with the Spoleto Festival USA, and Falstaff in Falstaff with Angers Nantes Opera. Acclaimed by the Seattle Times for her "lustrous and expressive voice" in her performance as Adalgisa in Norma, mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella returns to CCO as George's mother, Mrs. Gibbs, after her lauded appearances as Rinaldo in 2009's Rinaldo, Lucretia in 2008's The Rape of Lucretia and her CCO debut as Nerone in 2006's L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Renowned for her artistic versatility and musicianship, Ms. Pancella has an extensive repertoire ranging from Baroque to Contemporary. Recent credits include Despina in Così fan tutte with the Boston Lyric Opera, and Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with the Music of the Baroque. She also recently performed as a Soloist in Bach Cantatas with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
 
Rounding out the remainder of the cast are members of CCO's Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program including: Claire Shackleton as Mrs. Soames; Robert Murphy as Joe Crowell; Alexander Elliott as Frank; Isaac Bray as Sam; Leah Bobbey as the Lady in the Balcony; Jason Ryan as the Man in the Audience; and Kevin Newell as Simon Stimson.
 
Production Team
The director of last summer's Oklahoma! and 2011's three one-acts, Ken Cazan returns to CCO to direct Our Town following other recent credits with the company including 2010's Three Decembers, A Little Night Music in 2009 and the sold-out West Side Story in 2008. Chair of Vocal Arts and Opera, Resident Stage Director and Associate Professor for the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Mr. Cazan is one of America's most sought-after directors, having staged more than 100 productions for more than 40 opera companies. Alan E. Muraoka returns to CCO as the Scenic Designer for Our Town following his 2012 debut for Oklahoma!  In his twenty-year career, Mr. Muraoka has designed for theatre, opera, television, and film, where he has been up for two Emmy nominations and three Art Director's Guild Award nominations as a production designer and art director. Mr. Muraoka's opera credits include critically acclaimed productions such as Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice, an operatic adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, and the American premiere of Antonio Vivaldi's Motezuma. Recent credits include The Tempest and Dialogues of the Carmelites for USC Opera, and The Fall of the House of Usher for Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater. Hailed for her richly evocative and character-enhancing period costumes, Marcy Froelich returns to CCO as Costume Designer for Our Town, following her 2012 debut for Oklahoma!  Recent credits include the 2012 Miss America Pageant, Hello my Baby with the Rubicon Theater, and 39 Steps with the Ensemble Theatre Company. David Martin Jacques returns this summer for his 13th festival as Resident Lighting Designer.  He has been lauded for his design of more than 300 theatre, opera, television, dance and special event productions.  The Wig/Makeup Designer is Dave Bova, who made his CCO debut in 2012. Mr. Bova's recent work has included Cabaret and Death of a Salesman with The Dallas Theater Center, Sweeney Todd with Barrington Stage, and Annie Get Your Gun with the Ravinia Festival.
 
Central City Opera 2013 Festival – Tickets on Sale Now!
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem's operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.
 
Central City Opera Comes to Denver's Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II's Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.
 
In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. Single show tickets start at $20 with subscriptions for two or more shows starting at $32. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
 
Celebrating its 81st 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 in its 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.
 
 (Set, costume designs, and headshots available upon request.)

Central City Opera’s 2013 Festival Opens With A New Production of Rossini’s Beloved THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

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Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Denver, Colo.- Central City Opera (CCO) opens its 2013 Festival with a new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.  Directed by CCO’s Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Marc Astafan, the production opensJune 29, with performances continuing through July 27.
One of the most beloved and performed operas throughout the world, The Barber of Seville had its world premiere in 1816 in Italy and was one of the first Italian operas performed in the United States.
This Italian comic opera in two acts about a matchmaking barber is set among the everyday places and characters of 17th century Seville, Spain. It tells the story of Rosina, a young woman who is a ward to an older man, Dr. Bartolo, who plans to marry her when she is of age so he can have her dowry. But Rosina is in love with the poor student, Lindoro, who has been serenading Rosina and is really the nobleman Count Almaviva in disguise. Figaro, the barber of Seville, is asked by Almaviva to help him lure Rosina so he can tell her he loves her. Figaro’s advice and actions lead to the adventures and mistaken identities for which the opera is known. The Barber of Seville will be performed at the Central City Opera House in Italian with English supertitles.
Live Broadcast on Colorado Public Radio: June 29
Colorado Public Radio’s (CPR) Classical Music station will feature a live broadcast of Central City Opera’s opening-night performance of The Barber of Seville on June 29.  This will be the third live broadcast on CPR from the historic Central City Opera House. CPR Classical Music Host Charley Samson will present The Barber of Seville broadcast and provide interviews with performers and insightful commentary throughout the program. The broadcast begins at 7:55 p.m. prior to the start of the opera 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.
Production Team
CCO’s Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Marc Astafan will direct the 2013 production of The Barber of Seville. Marc Astafan is a respected director, educator, mentor and coach who has dedicated most of his career to the development of young opera singers in the United States. Astafan has directed critically acclaimed productions across the country, and his CCO directing credits include Tosca in 1998, Don Giovanni in 2006, Cendrillon in 2007, Rinaldo in 2009, Orpheus in the Underworld in 2010 and The Medium in 2012. Mr. Astafan also worked with CCO as an Assistant Stage Director for multiple shows from 1994 to 2005. In addition, he directed the collaborations with CCO and The Colorado Symphony for A Night at the Opera in 1997, The Jerome Kern Songbook in 2002, HMS Pinafore in 2004, The Pirates of Penzance in 2005, and The Mikado in 2006. 2012 was Mr. Astafan’s first year as Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, a national model for the professional development of young singers that provides 10 weeks of rigorous training and sessions in career management with rehearsals and opera performance opportunities in main stage and additional festival productions.
Set Designer Arnulfo Maldonado returns to Central City Opera for The Barber of Seville following his CCO debut for 2010′s Orpheus in the Underworld. Mr. Maldonado was the Set Designer for La finta giardiniera at the Alexander Kasser Theater, The Hairy Dutchman at the University of Rochester, and Romeo and Juliet for Classic Stage Company. Most recently, he has designed sets for Tosca with the Anchorage Opera and Electra/Orestes with Centro Cultural Universidad del Pacifico. He was also the Costume Designer for Betrayal with the Perseverance Theatre. Costume Designer Sara Jean Tosetti returns after designing the celebrated costumes for 2011′s Carmen, the “eye-catching styles” for 2007′s Cendrillon, the “luxuriant costumes” for 2009′s Rinaldo hailed by the Denver Post as “nothing short of spectacular,” and 2010′s Orpheus in the Underworld costumes also touted by the Denver Post as having a “showy, masquerade-ball sensibility”. A Princess Grace Award recipient, Ms. Tosetti’s recent credits include The Exonerated with Culture Project, Jane Eyre with Focus Features/BBC Films, The Merry Wives of Windsor with Shakespeare Festival of Saint Louis and Artifice with Complexions Inc. on Broadway. David Martin Jacques returns this summer for his 13th festival as Resident Lighting Designer.  He has been lauded for his design of more than 300 theatre, opera, television, dance and special event productions.  The Wig/Makeup Designer is Dave Bova, who made his CCO debut in 2012. Mr. Bova’s recent work has included Cabaret and Death of a Salesman with The Dallas Theater Center, Sweeney Todd with Barrington Stage, and Annie Get Your Gun with the Ravinia Festival.
Performing Artists  
Celebrating his 22nd Festival with the company, CCO Music Director John Baril will serve as conductor of The Barber of Seville, having led a wide range of productions during his tenure with the company, including last year’s performance of La bohème, 2011′s triple bill of one-act operas, and 2010′s performances of Three Decembers. Chorus Master for Opera Colorado since 2003, Mr. Baril made his official Opera Colorado conducting debut leading Le nozze di Figaro in 2012 and conducted 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 returned last fall for Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Levi Hammer* will be making his CCO debut as associate conductor for all three productions. Mr. Hammer also currently serves as assistant conductor of the Akron Symphony and music director of the Akron Youth Symphony. Previously, Mr. Hammer spent three seasons as associate conductor of the Castleton Festival, has assisted George Manahan at the Aspen Music Festival, and is a regular cover conductor at the Atlanta Symphony, where he has assisted Robert Spano, among others.
A 2010 Grammy Award winner, baritone Daniel Belcher returns to CCO as Figaro, the barber of Seville, following his roles as the sly and clever Gianni Schicchi (2011), The Husband in The Breasts of Tiresias (2011), John Brooke in Little Women (2001), and Henry Cuffe in Gloriana (2001). A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, Mr. Belcher has recently performed the roles of Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri with both the Utah Symphony & Opera and Houston Grand Opera; Dandini in La Cenerentola and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Utah Opera; Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City; and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with Opera Colorado.
“Figaro is like an old friend to me, particularly Rossini’s Figaro,” says Belcher, who has previously sung the role of Figaro with Arizona Opera, Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Utah Opera, to name a few. “There is one secret to making Figaro complete, which is making everything sound vocally and seem physically at ease. Somehow, Figaro can always get out of situations.  The moment it looks hard, it undermines the character. Everything must be a complete joy.
A sought after and versatile lyric mezzo soprano, Jennifer Rivera* will make her CCO debut performing the role of Rosina, a role she has performed with numerous companies, including the New York City Opera, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Dayton Opera, Portland Opera, and the Berlin Staatsoper.  Other recent credits include the title role of Stellidaura in La Stellidaura vendicante with the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Mrs. Williamson in The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with the Nashville Opera, and Nerone in Agrippina with Berlin Staatsoper.
The tenor role of Count Almaviva will be double-cast. Making his CCO debut, David Portillo* will perform the role for performances between June 29 – July 17. Mr. Portillo has previously performed the role of Count Almaviva with the Pittsburgh Opera, Tulsa Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Having established a reputation as an accomplished vocalist with uncommon technical facility, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2009 Shoshana Foundation Grant, 2009 American Opera Society of Chicago Award, and is a two-time recipient of a Shouse Career Development Grant from the Wolf Trap Foundation. His recent credits include: Tonio in La fille du regiment with the Ft. Worth Opera; David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Percy in Anna Bolena with the Minnesota Opera. Also making his professional CCO debut, Javier Abreu* will perform the role of Count Almaviva, for the July 21, 23 and 27 performances. A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice and Young Artist, his recent credits include the role of Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Nashville Opera and Lyrique en Mer; Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with the Lismore Music Festival.
Returning after his role as Pandolfe in Cendrillon (2007), The Doctor in Vanessa (2005) and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2002), bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi will perform the role of the doctor and Rosina’s guardian, Doctor Bartolo. A frequent artist with the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Carfizzi’s credits there include performances of La bohème, Turandot and Andrea Chénier. Other recent credits include Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China with the San Francisco Opera, Fra Melitone in La forza del destino with Oper der Stadt Köln, and Jailer in Dialogues des carmélites with the Metropolitan Opera. Making his CCO debut, Russian bass Grigory Soloviov* will perform the role of music teacher Don Basilio, which he performed with the Washington National Opera in 2009. A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory and the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Mr. Soloviov has won or placed as a finalist in many prestigious vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition.
Hailed as a “promising young soprano” by the Los Angeles TimesAlexandra Loutsion* makes her professional CCO debut in the role of Berta, servant to Doctor Bartolo. A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist and recipient of the John Moriarty Award, Ms. Loutsion continues to be recognized for her passionate performances and vocal versatility as a rising star on the operatic and concert stage. Her recent credits include Mother/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel with the Pittsburgh Opera, the cover role of Anna in Maometto II with the Santa Fe Opera, and the cover role of Tosca in Tosca with the Santa Fe Opera.
Artists in CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, celebrating 35 years in 2013, round out the remainder of the cast. Baritone Shea Owens will be playing the role of Fiorello; and tenor William Dwyer performs as an Officer.
Central City Opera 2013 Festival – Tickets on Sale Now!
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town about not-so-ordinary life in small town America is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.
Show Boat  at Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Show Boat, Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic slice-of-life musical of workers on a Mississippi showboat  at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.
In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
Celebrating its 81st 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 in its 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.

(Set, costume designs, and headshots available upon request.)
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CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S MUSIC & MARTINIS ON JUNE 13 STIRS UP AN EVENING OF COCKTAILS, DINNER AND PERFORMANCES BY OPERA STARS OF TOMORROW

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Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Denver, Colo.— Central City Opera will shake it up and stir a packed house at the annual Music & Martinis fundraising event. The “Colorado casual” evening benefits Central City Opera (CCO). The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the Cable Center on the University of Denver campus, located at 2000 Buchtel Blvd. in Denver. 

Music & Martinis kicks off with cocktail hour at 6 p.m., featuring a martini bar sponsored by Boulder-based purveyor of organic spirits, Altitude Spirits.  A formal dinner follows with dessert and a presentation of highlighted musical performances. At the company’s exclusive pre-festival Denver event, patrons will get a sneak peek at the 2013 Festival as the 2013 Apprentice Artists from the company’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program perform live musical selections from Broadway classics to opera favorites.

A live auction will be led by veteran charity auctioneer of nearly 28 years, Gary Corbett. The auction will offer patrons the exclusive opportunity to bid on a walk-on role in a CCO 2014 production, tickets to Santa Fe Opera and The Book of Mormon, an African Safari for two, a  week-long stay at a condo in Palm Desert, other adventure destination trips and more.

Central City Opera General/Artistic Director, Pelham “Pat” Pearce and Grammy-winning baritone Daniel Belcher, who plays Figaro in this year’s production of The Barber of Seville, will serve as co-masters of ceremonies for the evening’s festivities. Pelham “Pat” Pearce was selected in 1996 as Managing Director and named General/Artistic Director of CCO in 1998. During his 16-year tenure, Mr. Pearce has set forth the company’s current artistic mission of balancing traditional and progressive works. CCO’s national/international reputation has been elevated with American premieres such as Gloriana in 2001 and world premieres including Gabriel's Daughter in 2003 and the new Chinese opera, Poet Li Bai in 2007. Nationally, he has served as Chairman of the Grants Review Panel for the NEA; as a juror for the Rosa Ponselle Int’l Voice Competition and Regional Met Auditions; and as a Board Member for OPERA America.  Mr. Pearce recently received the prestigious 2013 Bonfils-Stanton Award for his contributions made to the field of Arts and Humanities.    

Baritone Daniel Belcher returns to CCO this summer after his most recent appearance with the company in 2011 as the title character in Gianni Schicchi and Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias). He has performed in many of the world’s music capitals, including Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Geneva, Toronto, Tokyo, Seoul and Houston.  With a 50-role repertoire, Belcher has championed roles from the Baroque to those composed expressly for him. Earlier this season, he appeared at Houston Grand Opera as Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, Opera Colorado as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Utah Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Florentine Opera for Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro.  Mr. Belcher is one of the premiere interpreters of Rossini performing today, and he is closely associated with the roles of Dandini in La Cenerentola, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri

Music & Martinis tickets are $150 per person and young professionals (ages 21-40) can purchase tickets for $75. Patron level tickets are available for $250 and include preferred seating with one of the artists for the evening. To purchase tickets call Alicia Holt at 303-331-7014.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program
The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program is a national model for the professional development of young singers. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty in 1978, the rigorous 10-week program integrates daily training in diction, movement, and stage combat; individual coaching; and sessions in career management with rehearsals and performance opportunities in the summer's main stage and surrounding productions. The program, which selects 30 participants from nearly 1,000 applicants each year, has provided valuable training for many of America's most notable young opera professionals, including Denyce Graves, Cynthia Lawrence, Margaret Lattimore, Mary Mills, Emily Pulley, Greg Turay, Latonia Moore, Matthew Polenzani, Jesus Garcia, Chad Shelton, Daniel Belcher, and Celena Shafer.

Central City Opera
Proceeds from Music and Martinis support Central City Opera’s programs including its annual Summer Festival, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, the preservation and maintenance of the Opera House and more than 30 other Victorian-era properties and its education and community programs, which serve more than 100,000 people each year through performances in elementary and secondary schools, community centers, senior residences and theaters.

Central City Opera 2013 Festival
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem's operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.
 
Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II's Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.
 
Two and three pack subscriptions for the 2013 Festival are available now and offer the best discounts and seat selections with a savings of up to 25% off single ticket prices. Subscriptions start at $30. Single tickets, starting at $20, are also on sale now. In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
 
Celebrating its 81st 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 in its 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.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES DENVER AUDITIONS FOR KERN AND HAMMERSTEIN II’S SHOW BOAT MARCH 21 and 22

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Kelly Nelson, Publicist 303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com
Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing 303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Denver, Colo.- Central City Opera (CCO) will hold auditions in Denver on March 21 and 22 for the two principal roles of Parthy Ann Hawkes and Ellie Mae Shipley for Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s glorious American musical Show Boat. CCO’s 2013 Summer Festival production of Show Boat will be directed by Ray Roderick, who will be making his debut with the company, while Hal France returns as conductor. Auditions are March 21 and 22 in Denver, and will be held at 1245 Champa Street on the 3rd floor. For the role of Parthy Ann, auditions will be held from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, and auditions for Ellie Mae are from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please contact Wanda Larson at 303-292-6500 to schedule an audition time. The deadline to schedule an audition is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Character Breakdown Parthy Anne Hawks – female 40 – 60 mezzo – a strong comedic character actor who sings a bit. The overprotective and disapproving Parthy Ann is the wife of Cap’n Andy and Magnolia’s mother. Ellie Mae Shipley – female 25 – 35 alto – a strong comedic actor/singer/dancer. Ellie Mae’s partner is Frank, and together they are two actors on the boat in search for a place to live. Performers should be prepared to sing an up-tempo song, a ballad in the style of the show, and a song from the show as well Performers may be asked to read sides. Those auditioning for the role of Ellie should also be prepared to dance and bring character heels. A current headshot and resume are required. Those auditioning should bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Those hired must be current members of AGMA or be willing to join AGMA for this union contract. More information about AGMA membership can be found at musicalartists.org Rehearsals for Show Boat begin on July 9, 2013 at CCO’s rehearsal facility in Central City, Colorado. The show opens on August 6 and runs through August 11. As its final production for the 2013 Festival, Show Boat will be running in Denver only for seven performances at the Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Buell Theatre. Central City Opera 2013 Festival Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28 The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Our Townis the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28. Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11 Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic musical,Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11. Two and three pack subscriptions for the 2013 Festival are available now and offer the best discounts and seat selections with a savings of up to 30% off single ticket prices before May 1st. Subscriptions start at $30. Single tickets, starting at $20, are on sale now. In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
Celebrating its 81st 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 in its 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. ###

CENTRAL CITY OPERA GUILD PRESENTS: 2013 OPERA TEASER

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Kelly Nelson, Publicist kelly@citruspr.com 303-909-5716
Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing vhamlin@centralcityopera.org 303-292-6500, ext. 108

WHO: The Central City Opera Guild (CCOG) will host an entertaining evening of cocktails, dinner and a glimpse into the 2013 Central City Opera Festival on Thursday, March 14. Monies raised will support Guild efforts to assist Central City Opera with historic preservation, education, cultural and social events, and fund raising. WHAT: The 2013 Opera Teaser offers just a taste of the Festival's 81st season. Attendees can indulge themselves and their music loving companions with a seated dinner and high quality entertainment provided by the Central City Opera Ensemble singers. Popular arias will be featured from – The Barber of Seville, Our Town and Show Boat. A round of opera trivia may also be enjoyed at each table throughout the evening. Tickets prices: $150 for a Patron Ticket*; $70 for General Tickets; and $65 for Guild Members. Those who donate a $100 contribution (fully tax-deductible) will be serenaded with their favorite aria, ballad or tune by one of CCO's talented artists. Tickets are available online at centralcityopera.org or by calling the Box Office at 303-292-6700. WHEN: Thursday, March 14 Cocktails (cash bar) – 6:00 pm Dinner – 6:45 pm Program – 7:30 pm WHERE: Denver Country Club 1700 East First Avenue, Denver CO 80218 WHY: Proceeds benefit the CCOG's efforts to support CCO including historic preservation, education, cultural and social events. *Patron ticket includes an $80 tax-deductible donation. Central City Opera 2013 Festival Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28 Rossini's comic opera about a matchmaking barber, The Barber of Seville, opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem's operatic adaptation of Our Town, about life, love and loss in small town America, is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28. Central City Opera Comes to Denver's Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11 Central City Opera then comes down the hill to Denver for seven performances of Kern and Hammerstein's Broadway classic musical, Show Boat featuring "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," at the Buell Theater in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Two and three pack subscriptions for the 2013 Festival are available now and offer the best discounts and seat selections with a savings of up to 30% off single ticket prices before May 1st. Subscriptions start at just $30. Single tickets, starting at $20, go on sale March 1. In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience. Attendees will again find exciting enhancements to their Central City experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700. Central City Opera Guild was established in 1974 to assist Central City Opera, the fifth-oldest opera company in the United States, with historic preservation, education, cultural and social events, and fund raising. Its many programs include: Take a Child to the Opera Days, the Opera House Gardens, Victorian home preservation, Apprentice Artist support and opera preview dinners. For more information, please visit www.centralcityopera.org/guild. ###