CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES TEN ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME DREAM EVENTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE

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Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing

303-292-6500, ext. 105; hbrecl@centralcityopera.org

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing

303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Dream Events are Part of the April 5th Theatre of Dreams Gala 

Denver, Colo. (March 10, 2014) — Central City Opera (CCO) announces a unique online opportunity to support the company’s opera and musical theater productions and year-round programs. Tickets to ten exclusive Dream Events will be available for purchase atwww.CentralCityOperaGala.com beginning Thursday, March 13.

Dream Events include behind-the-scenes access to the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the soon-to-be-unveiled Crawford Hotel at Denver’s historic Union Station. Private curated art tours and lectures at the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art will also be featured. Three elegant dining experiences paired with musical performances will headline local artist Zach Heckendorf and three CCO Summer Festivalproductions. An inside look into Colorado’s burgeoning marijuana industry will be available with the “Ganjapreneurs” event. Prices range from $100 to $1,000 for Dream Events.

To purchase a ticket to one or more of the events, visit the www.CentralCityOperaGala.com website and fill out the online form. Spots are limited for each event and sales will take place until all tickets are sold.

“We’re thrilled to offer these amazing adventures,” says Theatre of Dreams Gala Chair Anne McGonagle. “They have been generously donated by individuals and businesses in the Denver community who value our efforts to sustain the creative and enriching mission of Central City Opera.”

The following is a full list of the ten Dream Events:

  • Twilight and Chihuly at the Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Art Museum Curated Tour followed by Reception at the Martin Museum Residence
  • Private Evening with Adam Lerner at the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Expanding Frontiers: VIP Reception and Tour of Union Station and The Crawford Hotel
  • Ganjapreneurs: A Unique and Educational Look Inside the Marijuana Industry
  • The Marriage of Figaro and a Private Dinner in Central City Plus Behind-the-Scenes Access
  • Dead Man Walking Following an Elegant Al Fresco Dinner in Central City
  • The Sound of Music with a Sneak Peek Inside the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
  • Tequila Sunset Concert with Zach Heckendorf and Gourmet Barbeque Supper in Cherry Hills Village
  • Stranahan’s Whiskey: Exclusive Taste of Colorado’s Most Precious Gold

The Central City Opera Theatre of Dreams Gala event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the newly renovated McNichols Civic Center Building located at 144 West Colfax in Denver. The evening includes a cocktail reception & seated dinner with musical guestFORTE, a multicultural tenor trio whose performances on NBC’s 2013 America’s Got Talentcaptivated millions and launched the group into the national spotlight. Proceeds from the Gala support Central City Opera’s productions and year-round programs. For more information or to purchase Gala tickets, visit www.CentralCityOperaGala.com.

Celebrating its 82nd year in 2014, 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 engagement programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES ITS 2014 SPRING FUNDRAISER: THEATRE OF DREAMS GALA April 5

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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

Featuring America’s Got Talent Finalists: FORTE

Denver, Colo. (Nov. 21, 2013) — Central City Opera announces the Theatre of Dreams Gala, an elegant evening in a beautiful downtown Denver venue to raise money for the company’s opera and musical theater productions and year-round programs. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the newly renovated McNichols Civic Center Building located at 144 West Colfax (corner of West Colfax and Bannock) in Denver.

Gala patrons and guests will be treated to an evening of fine food and exceptional live musical entertainment. The attire is “Creative Black Tie,” and the event will include a cocktail reception & seated dinner with musical guest FORTE, a multicultural tenor trio whose performances on NBC’s 2013 America’s Got Talent captivated millions and launched the group into the national spotlight. Capping off the night will be a rockin’ after-party hosted by CCO’s YP group, The Scene.

The event will be held at the stunning downtown McNichols Civic Center Building which was renovated and re-opened in 2012 as a contemporary hub for arts and culture for the people of Denver. Built in 1909, the breathtaking Greek revival building originally housed the Carnegie Library.

The Gala will honor Barbara Ferguson and the Bonfils-Stanton FoundationMs. Ferguson is being honored for her longstanding commitment to Central City Opera, her financial support to the organization and many volunteer hours, including her involvement in founding the CCO Guild. Barbara was the first President of the CCO Guild, which celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014. The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, which was created from the estates of May Bonfils-Stanton and Charles E. Stanton, has been a generous contributor to Central City Opera over the years. When they were alive, May provided funding to establish the garden and terrace linking the Teller House to the Opera House, and Ed lent his considerable design expertise to restoration of Victorian authenticity in the public rooms of the Teller House. The Foundation has multiplied their generosity to Central City Opera, most notably with important grants to name and sustain CCO’s artists training program.  The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation strategically invests in imagination and innovation in Colorado because they believe that cultivating the creative spark is vital to making the community an exciting place where people want to live, work and thrive. Since its founding, the Foundation has distributed over $54 million in charitable contributions.

Theatre of Dreams Gala tickets are $250 per person and young professionals (ages 21-35) can purchase tickets for $150. Single Patron tickets with preferential seating are available for $350. To purchase tickets, call Alicia Holt at 303-331-7014.

About Central City Opera
Central City Opera (CCO) revises its special events schedule in 2014 to focus on one major fundraiser in the spring: Theatre of Dreams Gala. This event will replace Central City Opera’sMusic & Martinis and Party for Preservation fundraisers, and will celebrate and support all of Central City Opera’s programs which include: world-renowned opera and musical theater performances; the preservation and maintenance of the Opera House and more than 30 other Victorian-era properties; the nationally acclaimed Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program; and educational and community engagement programs, which serve more than 100,000 people each year through performances in elementary and secondary schools, community centers, senior residences and theaters.

About FORTE
FORTE is a multicultural, operatic tenor trio whose performances on NBC TV’s 2013 America’s Got Talent captivated millions and launched the group into the national spotlight. Their self-titled debut album was just released on November 11, 2013 on the Columbia label.

Having met just days before their first audition for America’s Got Talent, the trio mesmerized millions on the eighth season of the reality competition series. Solo artists in their own right, Josh Page, Sean Panikkar and Fernando Varela combine their individual talents to create FORTE’s one incredible, multicultural vocal force. For more information on FORTE, visit fortetenors.com.

Sean Panikkar’s operatic journey includes a strong connection to Central City Opera. In 2003, Sean was a Studio Artist (singers between the ages of 21 and 25) in CCO’s prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program. CCO is thrilled to welcome Sean back to the stage in Colorado. For more on the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, visitwww.centralcityopera.org/artiststraining.

Central City Opera 2014 Festival
Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved opera, The Marriage of Figaro; Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking, based on the true story and famous book written by Sister Helen Prejean about her relationship with Lousiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious musical The Sound of Music performed in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Subscriptions to see all three shows in the 2014 Festival are now available for purchase starting at just $56. Single tickets for each production will be available in January of 2014. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call the Box Office at 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 82nd year in 2014, 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 NAMES MICHAEL EHRMAN AS DIRECTOR AND ADMINISTRATOR OF BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ARTISTS TRAINING PROGRAM

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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. (Oct. 24, 2013) - Central City Opera’s (CCO) General/Artistic Director, Pelham (Pat) G. Pearce, is pleased to announce that Michael Ehrman has been named as director and administrator of the company’s nationally recognized Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.

Ehrman will maintain the format established by John Moriarty, who founded the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program in 1978.  It will continue to include added acting and stage technique classes, as well as aria coaching. The Studio Artists will have opera scene study with the CCO directing staff in preparation for the Short Works scenes offerings. During the 2014 Festival, Apprentice Artists will also perform in Trouble in Tahiti, a one-act opera by Leonard Bernstein being performed on select dates at the Williams Stables, which is directed by Ehrman. They will continue to perform featured roles in the main stage productions, as well as covering roles that will be performed by CCO’s guest artists. CCO will also carry forward its mission for the program to make sure that the Apprentice Artists receive information and coaching in regards to the business aspects of the art form and its ever-evolving trends.

In addition to his new position with CCO, Ehrman will remain the Director of Opera at Northwestern University, where he recently produced and directed the Chicago premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Ehrman has extensive experience as a teacher and as author/director of many educational opera programs. In addition to Northwestern, he was Director of Opera for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and at Roosevelt University/Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has also directed at Yale University, Hartt School of Music, University of Kentucky, New England Conservatory of Music and Colorado University – Boulder. He has been a frequent guest director at Indiana University, where he has staged Little Women, Faust, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Romeo et Juliette, Manon, Susannah and Le Nozze Di Figaro.

“I’m thrilled to return to Central City Opera, my favorite opera company, where I have so many wonderful memories. I relish the opportunity to work with such talented young singers and help them in their development,” says Ehrman. “It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of John Moriarty, who was a mentor and major influence on me as both a teacher and a director. At Central City Opera, John created and developed a truly outstanding model for an opera training program.”

Ehrman first made his debut with Central City Opera in 1981 as Assistant Director of The Ballad of Baby Doe. He has directed 20 productions with CCO, including the American Opera Series from 1996-1999, which featured the fortieth anniversary of The Ballad of Baby Doe (recorded by Newport Classics), Susannah, The Crucible, and Street Scene. Mr. Ehrman returned to direct the 50th anniversary production of The Ballad of Baby Doe in 2006, followed by his most recent credit with the company as director of Susannah in 2008.

Ehrman has directed more than 150 productions and has won acclaim for his productions at such companies as Houston Grand Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theater.  Ehrman’s staging of the musical Carnival was named on several of Chicago’s “Ten Best” lists for 2005.  Recent works include La bohème for Indianapolis Opera and Madison Opera, Falstaff for Indianapolis Opera, Street Scene for the Minnesota Opera, Die Zauberflöte and The Mikado for the Colorado Symphony, and The Barber of Seville and The Sound of Music for Tulsa Opera. And, in 2013, Ehrman made his debut with the Ravinia Festival directing Die Zauberflöte, which starred James Conlon and Nathan Gunn.

2014 Festival
Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved opera, The Marriage of Figaro; Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking, based on the true story and famous book written by Sister Helen Prejean about her relationship with Lousiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious musical The Sound of Music performed in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Subscriptions for the 2014 Festival will be on sale starting in November. For more information, 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 Guild Presents Annual Girlfriends’ Day in Central City and the First Overture Night in Denver

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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, 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’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’S GENERAL/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PELHAM “PAT” PEARCE RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS 2013 BONFILS-STANTON AWARD

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

Dorothy Horrell, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
303-825-3774
dorothy@bonfils-stanton.org

Denver, Colo. (May 9, 2013) – Central City Opera is proud and honored to announce that today Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director, Pelham “Pat” Pearce, received the prestigious 2013 Bonfils-Stanton Award for his contributions made to the field of Arts and Humanities.

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation celebrated the 28th Anniversary of its Annual Award Program by announcing the 2013 recipients. Sometimes referred to as “Colorado’s Nobel Prizes,” the Annual Awards have honored prominent Coloradans for excellence in a broad range of pursuits. Honorees represent excellence in such fields as artistic direction, civic engagement, university leadership, historic preservation, biomedical research, chemistry and physics. Several honorees have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize, many have served as mentors to others, and most have continued to make significant contributions for years following receipt of the Foundation award. This annual award program was established in 1984 in recognition of Charles Stanton’s desire to bring acclaim to their efforts, and motivate others to greater accomplishments.

“Colorado is home to some of the country’s most accomplished and talented individuals, and it’s our privilege to recognize the state’s very best,” said Dorothy Horrell, president of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. “Pat Pearce provides inspiration for Coloradans, and we are pleased to honor him for his accomplishments.”

Under Pearce’s leadership since 1996, Central City Opera has received critical praise locally, nationally and internationally for premiering new operas, presenting neglected works, and staging traditional operas in innovative ways. His reputation for creativity and vision has drawn the best talent from the United States and around the world.

Pearce’s commitment to developing new talent is manifested through the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, a model professional development program for young singers. His love of history and preservation has helped save the character of Central City as one of America’s few remaining historic mining towns. His ear for excellence, passion for story-telling, and bold experiments with musical theatre, non-traditional venues, and artistic collaboration have made Central City Opera a vital force on the American and international opera scenes.

Other recipients of the 2013 Bonfils-Stanton Awards include entrepreneur, advocate for equal rights and philanthropist Tim Gill for Community Service, and accomplished researcher and innovative teacher Dr. Leslie A. Leinwand for Science and Medicine.

About the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation believes that extraordinary arts and leadership are key to building a vibrant Colorado. Every day, the Foundation strategically invests in imagination and innovation, because they believe that cultivating the creative spark is vital to making the community an exciting place where people want to live, work and thrive. Since its founding, the Foundation has distributed over $54 million in charitable contributions.

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.

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. 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 AWARDED $20,000 GRANT FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

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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

 

Grant to Support Central City Opera’s 2013 Festival Production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town 

Denver, CO (December 3, 2012) — Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announced that Central City Opera is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to be awarded an NEA Art Works grant this year. The grant for $20,000 will support the company’s 2013 Festival production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. An independent agency of the federal government, the NEA advances artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. “I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including Central City Opera’s production of Our Town,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new works, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.” Central City Opera was one of 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff, and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit. “One of Central City Opera’s primary goals is to contribute to the strength and vitality of the operatic art form by offering extraordinarily varied subjects and styles of opera and music theater repertoire,” explains Central City Opera General/Artistic Director Pelham G. Pearce. “Funding from the NEA makes it possible for us to realize this goal by introducing attendees to significant opera and music theater works, as well as attracting multi-talented vocal and production artists seeking to explore new or less familiar pieces.” The grant money will go towards presenting Central City Opera’s new production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, opening July 6 and running through July 28, 2013. 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. States the New York Times, Our Townis “an intimate chamber opera to match the play’s sparseness…Rorem’s music is accessible, singable, and full of integrity.” 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. Ken Cazan returns to CCO to direct Our Townfollowing his hugely successful partnership with this past Summer Festival’s Oklahoma!Other recent credits with the company of 2010′s Three Decembers, A Little Night Music in 2009, and the sold-out West Side Story in 2008. Resident Stage Director 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. Christopher Zemliauskas returns to Central City Opera to conduct Our Town. Currently the Assistant Musical Director of the Opera Program at CU Boulder, Mr. Zemliauskas was the Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Central City Opera from 2004-2008. He made his debut as a conductor with the company leading A Little Night Music in 2009 and most recently conducted five performances of Carmen in 2011, andOklahoma! last summer. He has also been on the music staff with Minnesota Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Colorado, and Indianapolis Opera. In addition to Our Town, Central City Opera’s 2013 Festival will feature a new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, directed by Marc Astafan, CCO’s administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program; Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat, which will be performed in Denver only at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and directed byRay Roderick who will be making his CCO debut. For more information or to purchase tickets for 2013, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700. Next month, on January 16 and 17, 2013, CCO will be collaborating with Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC), Colorado Symphony, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, and University of Denver’s Newman Center for two special performances of the Colorado premiere of A Journey of the Human Spirit. An inspiring evening of live music, opera, and dance, tickets start at just $26 and can be purchased by calling the Newman Center Box Office at 303-871-7720 or at www.journey.maccjcc.org. The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government that has awarded more than $4 billion on projects of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the National Endowment for the Arts at arts.gov. Celebrating its 81st year in 2013, Central City Opera is 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 during its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.

CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF JOHN MORIARTY

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF JOHN MORIARTY, FOUNDER/ADMINISTRATOR OF BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ARTISTS TRAINING PROGRAM

Denver, Colo. (November 1, 2011) – Central City Opera’s (CCO) General/Artistic Director, Pelham (Pat) G. Pearce, announces that following more than 30 years of service, John Moriarty is retiring as the administrator of the company’s nationally recognized Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. The organization is also pleased to announce that it has named Marc Astafan to succeed Mr. Moriarty as the new administrator of the Program. “The past 33 summers I have spent in Central City have been among the most productive and satisfying for me. From the time of my arrival in 1978, I felt very much at home in the town and as part of the Opera Festival. Now, after having gradually shed administrative and conducting duties, I feel it is time to bring an end to what has been a most gratifying association,” says John Moriarty. “Although it is with great sadness that I close this chapter, I can do so knowing that the Association and the Festival are in good hands. I shall always cherish the memories of my years with Central City Opera, as well as the many friendships I have made in Colorado.” John Moriarty – 30+ Years of Inspiration In 1978, John Moriarty founded the company’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, a rigorous 10-week program that has become a national model for the professional development of young singers. It integrates daily training in diction and movement, individual coaching, and sessions in career management with rehearsals and performance opportunities in the summer’s main stage and surrounding productions. Approximately 30 participants are selected from more than 1,000 applicants each year. Some of America’s most notable opera professionals, including Denyce Graves, Cynthia Lawrence, Mary Mills, Emily Pulley, Samuel Ramey, Celena Shaffer, Matthew Polenzani and Gregory Turay are former students of the program. Mr. Moriarty served as Central City Opera’s artistic director from 1982-1998 before becoming artistic director emeritus. Says Moriarty, “In 1982, when then Chairman of the Association At Gilman then Vice-President Jeannie Fuller asked me to assume the post of artistic director, I felt honored to be asked to take a leadership position with such a historic and storied organization. At that time, the Opera Festival was in shaky condition. But with superb cooperation and backing from the Board of Directors, it was possible to restore the Festival to its prominent place in Colorado and in the opera world.” In 2008, Moriarty celebrated 30 years with Central City Opera. The 2008 Festival included Opera Pops- A Tribute to John Moriarty, commemorating the artistic director emeritus’ 30th anniversary with the company, as well as that of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. The evening was headlined by Artists Training Program alumna, Denyce Graves. At the closing ceremonies for the Central City Opera Festival, it was proclaimed by then Mayor Buddy Schmalz that “in honor of the distinguished career of Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty and his accomplishments and contributions to the City of Central through his dedicated and loyal service to the Central City Opera, ‘A’ Street will now be known as ‘Moriarty Lane.’” Mr. Moriarty had the great honor of replacing the street sign for “A” Street with one for “Moriarty Lane” following the ceremonies. Ten years prior, on June 17, 1998, then Colorado Governor Roy Romer declared June 17, 1998 as John Moriarty Day “for his uncompromising dedication to artistic excellence.” A lauded conductor of many Central City Opera productions during his tenure, Mr. Moriarty led the world premiere of Henry Mollicone’s Gabriel’s Daughter in 2003, as well as the CCO digital recording of Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe in 1996 and the 50th anniversary production of the opera in 2006. The John Moriarty Award is named in his honor and annually presented to an exemplary Apprentice Artist at the final performance of the festival. “In addition to his many contributions to the opera world, John Moriarty has enriched Central City Opera with his development of a young artists training program that has become one of the most respected in the country, along with love and knowledge of the art form, history, and the company’s properties,” says Central City Opera President/Chairman of the Board Nancy Parker. “Central City Opera’s 30 plus years with John have been years of rebuilding, progress, education and joy to the opera fans of Colorado. We thank him for the experience and dedication.” Marc Astafan -Veteran Stage Director Takes on New Role at CCO As the new Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, Astafan will continue with the format established by John Moriarty, with an added acting class and stage technique class taught by Astafan. He will also be adding one-on-one acting, monologue coachings and role study. The Apprentice Artists will have opera scene study with the CCO directing staff in preparation for the Short Works scenes offerings that will be overseen by Astafan. They will continue to perform featured roles in the main stage productions, as well as covering roles that will be performed by CCO’s guest artists. CCO will also carry forward its mission for the program to make sure that the Apprentice Artists receive information and coaching in regards to the business aspects of the art form and its ever-evolving trends. “I’m thrilled to return to Central City Opera in this new position, and to play such a vital role in the training of young and exceptionally talented opera artists. This is not only a new beginning but a continuation of the legacy that my mentor, champion and friend, John Moriarty, began. He is responsible for my early career as an opera educator and stage director and to him I’ll always be grateful,” says Astafan. The two first met in late 1992 when John interviewed Marc to assistant direct at CCO. John didn’t hire Astafan and Marc took a position with The Santa Fe Opera that summer. Soon after, John’s then assistant at New England Conservatory in Boston (NEC), James Robinson, hired Marc as a stage manager for The Barber of Seville, a production that was directed and conducted by John. This marked the first time the two worked together. The following year, John called Marc and offered him an assistant directing position at CCO for the company’s season opener, Manon, directed by Adelaide Bishop. Says Astafan, “At this point, John had never seen my work as a director, but he went with his gut feeling about me. His feelings about young talent were usually right.” A few weeks later, Moriarty asked Astafan to join him on the faculty at NEC. Astafan continued to assistant direct at CCO in the summers until Moriarty offered Astafan the opportunity to direct Tosca in 1998. The two continued to work together at NEC until 2000 when Astafan left to join the directing staff at The Met. 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. Marc’s career took off in 1994 at the NEC, where he eventually became the Resident Stage Director and Director of Productions, and continued teaching classes in acting, stage technique, directing and scene study until 2008. He made his official directing debut with The Magic Flute at the Eugene Opera in Oregon in 1996. Many engagements followed, most notably productions at Central City Opera, Virginia Opera, Nevada Opera, Opera Delaware, Anchorage Opera, and Syracuse Opera. He has also been guest director and teacher at The Juilliard School, Temple University, Florida State University and The University of Southern California, as well as directing and teaching at Central City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Music Academy of the West, Bay View Music Festival, Atlantic Coast Opera Festival and The Tanglewood Music Center. Marc’s New York debut came in 1999 when he directed and choreographed The Magic Flute on the site of the Egyptian Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Opera Orchestra of New York. From 2000 to 2002, he directed The Met’s revivals of Tosca and Le Nozze di Figaro. Since then, Astafan has continued to direct critically acclaimed productions across the country. Astafan attended Schenectady County Community College, The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and The Boston Conservatory. Astafan’s full Central City Opera credits include: Assistant Stage Director for Manon in 1994, The Queen of Spades in 1995, Rigoletto in 1996, Madama Butterfly in 1997 and 2005; Stage Director for Tosca in 1998, Don Giovanni in 2006, Cendrillon in 2007, Rinaldo in 2009, and Orpheus in the Underworld in 2010; Collaborations with CCO and the CSO 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. Astafan also assisted with Education and Community Programs from 1994-1996, as well as The Face on the Barroom Floor from 1996-1998, an opera that was commissioned by CCO in 1978. 2012 Festival Running June 30 to Aug. 12, Central City Opera’s 2012 Festival will feature three new dynamic productions: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s original collaboration and Broadway classic, Oklahoma!;Puccini’s famous and most popular opera, La Bohème; and a new production of Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera based on the Henry James ghost story, The Turn of The Screw, as part of the world-wide celebration of the centenary of Britten’s birth. In addition to its slate of operas for 2012, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience. Attendees will again find many exciting enhancements to their Central City experience. Subscriptions for the 2012 Festival are on sale now starting at just $28. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.