and One-of-a-kind Dream Events
Denver, Colo. (Feb. 11, 2015) —Central City Opera (CCO) announces the second annual Theatre of Dreams Gala. This festive evening celebrates the company’s 83 years and takes place at a hip downtown Denver venue. The event will raise money for and honor CCO’s opera and musical theater productions and year-round programs, including historic preservation, Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program, and education and community engagement. The Theatre of Dreams Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at City Hall, a distinctive live music and events venue, located at 1144 Broadway in Denver around the corner from the Denver Art Museum, and a stone’s throw from the Capitol and History Colorado.
The 2015 event follows last year’s successful Theatre of Dreams Gala and offers a modern take on the annual fundraiser. Held at an edgy new location, the Gala will feature Soloman Howard, who starred in the role of Joe with a memorable rendering of the song “Ol’ Man River” in Central City Opera’s 2013 production of Show Boat. Also taking the stage at the Gala will be members of The Spirituals Project who also performed in Show Boat. In addition to the live performances, patrons and guests will be treated to a black tie evening of cocktails and a seated dinner. Attendees will also have the opportunity to be the first to buy spaces for this year’s Dream Events. A hit as part of last year’s Gala, the Dream Events are special happenings throughout the year offering behind-the-scenes access to exclusive locations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The After Party will cap off the evening with late night dancing, creative cocktails and treats. For more information, visit www.CentralCityOperaGala.com.
Following his Central City Opera debut in the company’s 2013 production of Show Boat, The Denver Post hailed that “Howard has a superhuman ability to reach low, and then lower still, while maintaining a rich and bright tone to his voice. As his notes dropped on stage, jaws dropped in the audience. It carried the night… ” A recent graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Soloman’s 2014-15 operatic highlights include high-profile debuts with Metropolitan Opera as The King in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda, Los Angeles Opera (as Doctor Grenvil in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata), at the Glimmerglass Festival as Banquo in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, and as Sarastro in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
The Spirituals Project
The Spirituals Project’s roots date back to 1991 to a series of concerts, lectures and workshop programs conducted by Dr. Arthur C. Jones of the Colorado Women’s College of Denver at DU and his accompanist Ingrid Hansen Thompson on songs created and first sung by African Americans in slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries. The present mission of The Spirituals Project is to both initiate and provide sponsorship for a wide program of activities which all have the goal of offering public audiences an understanding of the history and continuing cultural functions of the spirituals in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.SpiritualsProject.org.
Tickets and Sponsorships
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. After Party only tickets will also be available. Please visit www.CentralCityOperaGala.com for more Gala information. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, call Alicia Holt Corliss at 303-331-7014.
Central City Opera 2015 Festival
July 11-August 9, 2015
La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Man of La Mancha, the Tony Award winning musical by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion
The Prodigal Son by Benjamin Britten
The Blind by Lera Auerbach
Don Quixote and the Duchess by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Central City Opera’s (CCO) 2015 Festival features five productions performed in Central City and across the state of Colorado. Verdi’s opera about the love and loss of a tuberculosis-stricken mistress, La Traviata, and the Tony Award winning musical of a brave knight’s adventures, Man of La Mancha, will be performed in the intimate Central City Opera House. With the final three shows of the 2015 Festival, Central City Opera delivers its mission in a new way through the presentation of three unique one-act operas. To engage with CCO’s diverse communities served and with new audiences, these short productions will be performed in creative spaces from historic buildings in Central City to venues throughout the state in Aspen, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder. The 2015 one-act operas include The Prodigal Son, Britten’s church parable about the return of a wayward son; The Blind, an operatic feast for the senses about a group of blind people who have lost their way; and Don Quixote and the Duchess, the story of a practical joke played on a courageous knight.
Two-pack subscriptions for Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival productions of La Traviata and Man of La Mancha start at just $38 and provide up to a 25% discount on single tickets. Subscribers also save $10 when they purchase the One Act three-pack which includes The Blind, The Prodigal Son and Don Quixote and the Duchess. Single tickets for Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival will be available April 15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.CentralCityOpera.org or call 303-292-6700.