CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND THE COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS AND SYRACUSE POPS CHORUS PRESENT A WORLD PREMIERE: HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

Central City Opera

Contact

Madeleine Mellini, Marketing Director
The Colorado Springs Conservatory
719.577.4556
mmellini@csconservatory.org

Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303.909.5716
kelly@citruspr.com

Colorado Springs/Denver, CO (July 10, 2014) - Central City Opera, The Colorado Springs Conservatory, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Syracuse Pops Chorus, have joined in a unique partnership to present the world premiere of a new music-theatre piece, How Green Was My Valley, this August in Colorado Springs.

Mining brings unwelcome changes to a small community in Wales – both to their lives and to their once beloved green valley. Main character Huw Morgan finds his own way as he grows into manhood amidst family crisis.

Based on the 1939 award-winning novel by Richard Llewellyn and John Ford’s subsequent Academy Award-winning film, this story of Welsh miners at the turn of the 20th century is brought to life with music by composer Roger Ames and book/lyrics by Elizabeth Bassine. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, August 15 at  8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.

General Admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and active military. Tickets are on sale now at csconservatory.org, centralcityopera.org, and chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.  Phone reservations can be made at 719.577.4556.

“We wish to emphasize the depth of our performing arts culture as we proudly welcome the production of How Green Was My Valley right here in our own magnificent Pikes Peak region,” comments Amy Lathen, Vice Chair – El Paso County Commissioners, District 2.  “We are honored to be recognized by world class performers and producers for the quality of our resources, and we are excited to share this new opportunity with our community and region,”
she concludes.

The semi-staged production will showcase singer-actors from Central City Opera and The Colorado Springs Conservatory, along with key performers from the New York musical theatre community, accompanied by Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Syracuse Pops Chorus. Nationally acclaimed director/actor Billie McBride will direct. This production is designed to introduce the work to the theatrical community for future full-scale production.

The consortium of presenting organizations is proud to partner with the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau on this project.

“We are thrilled that New York-quality talent and theatre is coming to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region this summer,” says Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price. “We want to make sure that the professionals producing and performing in How Green Was My Valley love the time that they spend here. Our hope is that this collaboration becomes an annual offering that will bring out of town visitors to the area to enjoy these types
of productions.”

Content and Relevance
With the original score featuring tunes derived from hymns and folk songs of the Welsh valleys, How Green Was My Valley invites the audience to inhabit the world of a passionate people facing the extinction of their culture. Told through the eyes of one family, the story asks the question, ‘how do we balance the preservation of our earth, allow a forward movement of industry, and look ahead with care to a world that must support new generations?’ “Change is a force of nature and we can only hope to move forward with thoughtfulness and respect for our world, and mindfulness of how we change it,” says librettist Elizabeth Bassine.

“I was attracted to Valley because the novel is so rich in both drama and lyricism. The Welsh language emerges in a way that would appeal to any composer,” comments composer Roger Ames, who chose to use both original and existing regional tunes to give voice to the story. “And we were inclined to put a lens on sociopolitical issues.  During the time we’ve been writing this piece, hundreds of men have died in mining accidents, and untold damage to the environment has taken place,” he concludes.

“Central City’s history was largely shaped by Welsh and Cornish miners who brought their expertise in hard rock mining to the area after surface minerals played out.  They formed singing societies and demanded musical entertainment, and were ultimately responsible for the building of Central City Opera’s home – the 1878 Opera House.  So this homage to the lives and struggles of Welsh miners is a perfect fit for us.  In addition, Central City Opera has made a habit of partnering with cultural organizations around Colorado and has enjoyed a rewarding and enduring collaboration with The Colorado Springs Conservatory. We are delighted to add Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Syracuse Pops Chorus to our circle of friends” says Director of Education and Community Engagement, Deborah Morrow.

Colorado Springs Conservatory’s Founding Executive Director, Linda Weise, notes, “We are proud to take part in creating and allowing new works of the highest caliber to be showcased in our region. It’s is an opportunity for our students to be exposed to the process and for the community to engage.”

About Roger Ames
Roger Ames, Pulitzer Prize nominated composer, has written music theater works for the Hartford Stage, Roundhouse Theater, Washington, Berkshire Ensemble for Theater Arts, the London Fringe, Off-Broadway, and has been commissioned to compose works for Central City Opera, Colorado, Utah Opera, Boston Lyric Opera Company, Lake George Opera, Equity Fights Aids, and numerous schools and universities. He has won a number of awards, including first prize in Boston Metro Opera’s Contempo Festival, 2010, First Prize, The International Clarinet Society, First Prize, New York City Children’s Aid Society Composition contest, numerous ASCAP classical music awards, and several National Endowment for the Arts and Meet The Composer grants. Ames has studied with Samuel Barber, John Kander, Lukas Foss, and Robert Washburn. He holds degrees in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and in music composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He is currently Resident Composer for Central City Opera, (Community Outreach), Great Neck North High School, and is Artist in Residence at New Dramatists, New York City and at El Paso Opera, Texas.

About Elizabeth Bassine
Elizabeth and Roger have a happy working partnership. They have collaborated on songs for NYC’s Off-Broadway children’s theater, Pantomonium. They have teamed up on Roger’s choral works, including those commissioned for the Williamson Singers at Westminster Choir College, and recently won first prize in the NYC Children’s Aid Society annual composition contest.  They have recently finished writing No Parking, a poignant, new music theater piece. They have had a commissioned piece, Take Joy! premiere at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, and presently await the staged concert of How Green Was My Valley.  How Green Was My Valley received its first workshop at the Nautilus Music-Theater in Minneapolis, funded by Meet the Composer, was a recent finalist for the O’Neill National Music Center, and had a second complete Equity Showcase reading at the Actors Studio in NYC.  In addition to having enjoyed a writing career in the publishing industry, Elizabeth is an award-winning painter.

About Central City Opera
www.CentralCityOpera.org • 303.292.6500
In a lush Rocky Mountain setting less than one hour from Denver, Central City Opera is among the nation’s elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country (and the fifth-oldest opera company), the company continues to make history, offering a professional summer opera festival annually, an acclaimed artist-training program, year round touring educational programs, and historic preservation. The 2014 Central City Opera Festival features The Marriage of Figaro, Dead Man Walking and Trouble in Tahiti in Central City, plus The Sound of Music in Denver.

About The Colorado Springs Conservatory
www.csconservtory.org • 719.577.4556
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Colorado Springs Conservatory offers top tier instruction in all of the performing arts for students ages three through 19 seeking enrichment experiences, or rigorous preparatory studies for higher education and careers in the arts. Programming and performance opportunities include all genres of instrumental music, recording arts, vocals, theater and dance/movement in an environment that promotes mutual respect and positive peer interaction.

Our distinguished faculty and guest mentors serve students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in after-school programs and daytime partnerships with local school districts. Adhering to the highest pedagogical standards, The Conservatory has received international recognition as a Royal Conservatory Founding School, and Arts Schools Network Exemplary School.

In addition to arts education, students learn valuable life skills such as collaboration, interpersonal communication and civic responsibility by performing at more than 300 community outreach events each year. From the boardroom to the operating room to the green room, Conservatory alumni excel because they have been trained to strive for excellence.

About the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs
www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org • 719.633.3649
The Chamber Orchestra programs blend well-known classics with more adventuresome works including those by past and contemporary composers completely new to Colorado Springs. Its performances feature guest soloists of national renown, as well as, the region’s finest artists and composers.

Under the Baton of Maestro Thomas Wilson, the orchestra has become a center of collaboration—partnering frequently, among others, with The Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Ormao Dance Company, UCCS Music Program, Amateur Pianists International, Shivers Foundation Artists,  and local School Districts. These collaborations range from a Gospel/Chamber concert the 2010 Art-Creates-Community Award winner by public vote, to a most recent Hip-Hop Opera co-production with Mitchell High School.

The orchestra celebrated its 30th Anniversary Season with an International Composition Competition that attracted 170 submissions, and inauguration of KCME delay-broadcasts of its concerts to all Front Range audiences. A Colorado Springs Gazette review of its recent Ode to Joy concert stated, “It’s impossible not to be excited about what the future holds for us all from this now-mature orchestra”.

About the Syracuse Pops Chorus
www.syracusepopschorus.org
The Syracuse Pops Chorus, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been singing under the direction of Lou Lemos since 2004, and is made up of about 100 voices, divided into 8 voice parts.  The Pops Chorus is particularly proud to have had their signature piece of music, “God Bless America the Beau-tiful,” arranged for them by Roger Ames in 2009.  The group performs often with Symphoria (formerly the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra) at the 2100 seat Crouse-Hinds Theatre in the Onondaga County Civic Center, the New York State Fairgrounds on July 4th, and regional concerts throughout Central New York. The Chorus is also regularly asked to perform concerts at a variety of venues in the Syracuse, NY area.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND CURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT RATED “R” ON STAGE: COMMUNITY PANEL ON SEX, VIOLENCE AND NUDITY IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

Central City Opera

Contact

Contact: Sara M. Poorman
Director of Marketing, Curious Theatre Company
sara@curioustheatre.org
303-800-3030

OR

Contact: Valerie Hamlin
Director of Marketing, Central City Opera
vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
303-292-6500, ext. 108

Denver, CO – Central City Opera and Curious Theatre Company presentRated “R” on Stage: Community Panel on Sex, Violence and Nudity in the Performing Arts. The free event will be presented June 3, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Curious Theatre located at 1080 Acoma Street, Denver. Cocktails, snacks and a video presentation featuring the play Venus in Fur and the opera Dead Man Walking will be offered from 5:30 to 6 p.m. 
Join Central City Opera Director of Production Karen Federing, Curious Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret Emcee Selene Karavites-Valdez, Wonderbound Artistic Director Garret Ammon, and performing artists Karen Slack from Curious Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur and Michael Mayes from Central City Opera’s Dead Man Walking for an invigorating discussion on the high-stakes process of producing gutsy, risqué and sensual art in Denver. Emmy Award-winning FOX31 TV host Chris Parente moderates.

Garret Ammon (Artistic Director – Wonderbound) is an acclaimed choreographer who began his tenure as artistic director of Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) in 2007. Since that time, Wonderbound has garnered national attention and praise for its daring work, including being named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2009). Ammon was also recently honored as a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellow (2011); named one of Denver Westword‘s “Ten People to Watch in 2013″ and is the recipient of the 2013 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. A prolific dance maker, serial collaborator and self-professed tech geek; Ammon has created over 50 dance works over the past 14 years. He has conspired with artists across an array of disciplines and developed a trademark aesthetic that seamlessly blends tradition with adventurous new ideas. Ammon has forged a deep creative relationship with poet Michael J. Henry which has produced When the Power Goes Out (2009) and the multimedia, evening length production Intersection (2009). In 2014, Ammon and Henry will work with musician Ian Cooke to create the all new full length piece Gone West. He has also worked closely with director Chip Walton to create Curious Theatre Company‘s award-winning production of Sarah Ruhl‘s Eurydice (2009) and with painter/sculptor Mark Allen Henderson to create in pieces (2010).

Karen Federing (Director of Production – Central City Opera) Karen is beginning her 13th festival as Director of Production with Central City Opera. A native New Yorker, Karen just completed her first season as Production Manager for Gotham Chamber Opera, having previously worked with Gotham in 2013 and 2009. From 1992 to 2004 she was a Stage Manager with New York City Opera and stage managed over 45 productions, including seven Live From Lincoln Center telecasts.  Karen has stage managed for many regional opera companies over her 20-year plus career and was also part of the stage management team for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher in Central City Opera’s Dead Man Walking) is a past Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist and makes his debut in a leading role with the company this July in Dead Man Walking. Mr. Mayes is a baritone known for his consummate portrayals of iconic characters in the operatic repertoire. Originally from Conroe, Texas, Michael has performed with opera companies across the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Fort Worth Opera. Mr. Mayes has appeared internationally in conjunction with La Fenice in Castel-Franco Veneto, Italy.  His honors include 3rd place winner at the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in Chicago, the Entergy Young Texas Artist Competition Vocalist Award, John Alexander Award, the John Moriarty Apprentice Artist Award, and an advanced division winner at the Anton Guadagno Vocal Competition.

Karen Slack (Vanda in Curious Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur) is an Artistic Company Member and a member of the Artistic Council at Curious Theatre Company. She has appeared in several productions including The Long Christmas Ride Home, 9 Parts of Desire, Eurydice, Homebody/Kabul, 9 Circles, Maple and Vine, God of Carnage, Rancho Mirage and most recently Venus in Fur. Other favorite roles include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Listen Productions), Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Frida Kahlo in Pain (Theatre on Broadway), Piper Cummington in DNC Mediamockracy (Listen Productions), Berthe Morisot in Morisot Reclining (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company) and The Syringa Tree (Alliance Stage @Buntport Theatre, TheatreWorks, Town Hall Arts Center, Backstage Theatre). She has received awards and recognition from The Denver Post, Best of Westword and the Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards, among others. Slack received her training at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studio in New York.

Selene Karavites-Valdez (Emcee/Performer - Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret) currently emcees and performs at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, where she has found a niche singing and joking in burlesque and variety shows, whilst never “revealing” herself. Having studied theatre, classical music, and musical theatre in Colorado and NYC, she can play the violin, make her puppy leap through circus hoops, and chug a full beer in less than 20 seconds.

Chip Walton (Producing Artistic Director – Curious Theatre Company) founded Curious Theatre Company in 1997, serving as Producing Artistic Director since its inception. Named Denver’s “Theatre Person of the Year” in 2005, he has directed 37 shows for Curious over the past 16 years, and his work has garnered more than 50 local and national awards. In 2008, Curious was honored with the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Walton has served as the President of the National New Play Network, a network of 25 theatres across the country dedicated to the development and production of new plays for the American theatre. Walton was also selected in the inaugural class of Livingston Fellows, as one of five individuals from across Colorado selected by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as exceptional non-profit leaders with significant potential for contribution, change and leadership in Colorado’s nonprofit sector. He has directed in the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays, the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwriting Festival in Washington, D.C., and accepted a National Theatre Company Award in New York for Curious from the prestigious American Theatre Wing. Most recently, Walton participated in the Visiting Professionals program at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and is currently serving on the Leadership Group for Imagine 2020: Creating a Future for Denver’s Culture.

Rated “R” on Stage will be presented June 3, 2014 from 6-8 pm. The event is free, however, an RSVP is requested by June 2, and available through the Curious Theatre Company Box Office, 1080 Acoma Street, Denver; 303-623-0524 or online at curioustheatre.org.

About Central City Opera

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.
Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved comic opera about the marriage of the famous barber of Seville, 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 Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious family 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 available for purchase starting at just $56 and single tickets for each production are also now available starting at $20. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/tickets or call the Box Office at 303-292-6700.

About Curious Theatre Company
“No guts, no story” embodies the ethos of Curious Theatre Company. Established 16 years ago by a vanguard Artistic Company that has since grown to 28 professional actors, designers, and directors at its core, Curious brings the best new theatre to Denver, producing thought-provoking plays designed to challenge ideas, stir emotions, and leave audiences talking.

Under the artistic leadership of founding Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton, Curious Theatre Company reaches more than 17,500 individuals each year through: five main-stage productions; the innovative Curious New Voices youth education program; the unique Denver Stories original play commissions that honor area luminaries; and a range of Curious 360º audience enrichment activities.

A recipient of more than one hundred local and national awards, Curious includes among its most prized accolades the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Year by a Theatre Company, 5280 Magazine 2011 Top of the Town Editor’s Choice for Best Theatre Company, Westword Reader’s Choice for Best Theatre in 2012, and the 2013 Colorado Theatre Guild’s award for Outstanding Season.

About Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret is located underground in the historic D&F Clocktower in the heart of the Denver theatre, hotel and shopping district. Sensual decor, cocktails, appetizers, dessert, and the most eclectic entertainment around, make Lannie’s the coolest room in town.

About Wonderbound
Wonderbound uses dance to deepen humankind’s common bond through uncommon endeavors of discovery and creation. At Wonderbound, we embrace the human form as a vehicle for invention and understanding. We cherish the human spirit as a catalyst for inspiration and creativity. And, we regard the human intellect as an escort for wisdom and character. We believe in the strength of the individual, the power of community, and the immeasurable potential of collaborative endeavors. We revel in the intersections of tradition and ingenuity, vulnerability and courage, and intimacy and openness. We value quality, rigorously pursued; passion, tenaciously engaged; and dreams followed, relentlessly.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES THE PRISONS, COMPASSION AND REDEMPTION PROJECT, ENGAGEMENTS EXPLORING THE THEMES OF THE OPERA DEAD MAN WALKING

Central City Opera

Contact

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

Project Kicks Off with FREE Book Signing, Film Screening and Symposium

on the Death Penalty/Dead Man Walking
March 12 and 13 
Denver, Colo.—  Central City Opera (CCO) announces the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption ProjectThis series of thought-provoking engagements from a book signing, film screening and panel discussions in Denver to a cemetery crawl and historic tours in Central City, culminates in the main stage production of Jake Heggie’s opera, Dead Man Walking, at the Central City Opera House this summer.

To further explore the themes of the company’s 2014 production of Dead Man Walking,through the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Project, CCO has partnered with the City of Glendale, the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, DU Constitutional Rights and Remedies, Jewish Community Center, Tattered Cover, Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral, Colorado Springs Conservatory, the City of Central and Gilpin History to present happenings beginning in March and running through July.

CCO’s Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Project presents the community with a number of opportunities to engage in discussions about challenging topics such as the death penalty and are, therefore, intended for mature audiences (17+). The events kick off in Glendale and Denver in March and include:

Book Signing and Film Screening – Wednesday, March 12, 6:00-9:00 pm 
Wolf Theatre at the Jewish Community Center
Meet Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking, at a screening of the award-winning film by the same name starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, followed by a book signing hosted by the Tattered Cover. FREE admission. Bring your own book or buy one on site. The evening kicks off with a special preview performance of the operaDead Man Walking by Central City Opera Ensemble Artists. The event will take place in the Wolf Theatre at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center located at 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246.

Death Penalty/Dead Man Walking Symposium - Thursday, March 13
3:30-5:30 pm – Symposium
5:30-6:30 pm – Reception

Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral, Annunciation Room 
Join panelists Sister Helen Prejean, opera composer Jake Heggie, District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District George H. Brauchler, Defense Mitigation Specialist Greta Lindecrantz and victim survivor Dana Sampson for a symposium on the death penalty and other themes related to Dead Man Walking. The symposium is hosted by the University of Denver’s (DU) Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program and moderated by the Program’s Director, Professor Sam Kamin. FREE admission. 5:30-7:00 pm: VIP reception by invitation only. The venue is located at 4610 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246. The City of Glendale and the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce have generously sponsored the Symposium.

Master Class with the Composer – Friday, March 14, 4:30-6:00 pm, 6 pm Central City Opera Performance, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado Springs
Central City Opera partners with The Colorado Springs Conservatory on a special master class with opera composer Jake Heggie. Students, faculty and alumni from the Colorado Springs Conservatory, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, and Colorado College will be selected to participate. The Master Class is open to the public and provides a unique opportunity to learn the magic behind creating a piece likeDead Man Walking. Jake Heggie will coach Dead Man Walking scenes with Central City Opera Ensemble Artists and a reception for attendees with the composer will be held following. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by March 13 to aschubauer@csconservatory.org or via phone at 719.577.4556. The Colorado Springs Conservatory is located at 415 S. Sahwatch Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Interfaith Religious Round Table – Thursday, April 10, 6-8 pm
Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
Sponsored by and hosted at DU’s Sturm College of Law, this interfaith discussion on the death penalty will be led by leaders in the Catholic, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, Buddhist and Unitarian Universalist faiths. All are welcome and admission is FREE. The round table will be held in room 165 at DU’s Sturm College of Law located at 2255 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210.

Central City Days: Divas and Desperados - July 13 and 19, 11:30-1:30 pm
Followed by Dead Man Walking matinee at 2:30 pm, Central City

Adventurers are invited to head to the hills of Central City for an afternoon introduction to some of the county’s most infamous bad boys and naughty girls. After meeting at the entrance of the picturesque Central City Cemetery for a picnic lunch, event participants will be treated to graveside tales reenacted by costumed Gilpin History docents. The tours will continue from the historic Washington Hall jail across the street from the Opera House, relaying stories of the town’s most notorious characters. An old-fashioned outlaw gunfight tops off the event in front of Main Street’s Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino. Tickets for Central City Days are only $15 and include a FREE drink at Dostal Alley Brewpub. Boxed lunches can be purchased in advance for $10. For $55, patrons can enjoy Central City Days and the matinee performance of the opera Dead Man Walking in the intimate Central City Opera House. The $55 ticket also includes a FREE drink in the Teller House’s Terrace Room during intermission of the opera. To purchase tickets or for more information visit CentralCityOpera.org/ccdays or call the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700.The City of Central has generously sponsored Central City Days.

Book Clubs
Readers are invited to join book clubs through the Tattered Cover in Denver in reading the book Dead Man Walking to explore the themes of this powerful true story. For more information about book clubs, visit www.tatteredcover.com/regionalcatalog/215909 or denverlibrary.org/content/dpl-book-clubs.

For more information about the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Projectvisit www.CentralCityOpera.org/project or email Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing, at hbrecl@centralcityopera.org

Central City Opera 2014 Festival
Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved comic opera about the marriage of the famous barber of Seville, 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 Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious family 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 available for purchase starting at just $56 and single tickets for each production are also now available starting at $20. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/tickets 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 engagement programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.
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Inside the Orchestra and Central City Opera bring Orchestra Music and Opera to Children and their Families February 5 through Febuary 24

ISOTinyTotsWinter2014

Contact

Shelby Mattingly, Executive Director, Inside the Orchestra
303-355-7855, shelby@insidetheorchestra.org

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

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Celebrates 28 Years

Denver, Colo – Central City Opera (CCO) partners for the fifth year with Inside the Orchestra (ISO) on ISO’s Winter Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program. CCO will bring opera to the 28th annual program, which takes place Feb 5 through Feb 24 at venues throughout the Denver metro area ranging from the McNichols Building in Civic Center to the Commerce City Recreation Center. (Find a complete list of performances below and at www.insidetheorchestra.org).

A 45-minute performance, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra engages, entertains and educates pre-school children six and under (but all ages are welcome). Kids can interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. Audiences experience what it is like to be truly inside the orchestra as they are seated on the floor and surrounded by professional musicians. The conductor becomes the tour guide for the performance, with scripting designed to educate and entertain children. Children and their parents are creatively engaged in theatre-of-the-mind activities as they do activities like stomp like giants and throw a temper tantrum during Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, grow with music from 2001: A Space Odyssey and ride into the sunset with the William Tell Overture. This season, the theme of Tiny Tots is “Curiosity.” Kids can satisfy their curiosity about orchestra music when they are introduced to each family of instruments in the orchestra by the musicians and the conductor. And, back by popular demand, live opera music will be sung in alternating performances by local Central City Opera Ensemble Artists, Chad Reagan and Adam Ewing.

On February 22, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra will also welcome special guest Curious George, who will help guest conduct one piece and be available to meet and greet with the audience after the show. Two shows, at 9:30 and 10:30 am, will give families an opportunity to step inside the orchestra and opera while enjoying the newly renovated McNichols Building in downtown Denver.

“For the fifth year, we’re thrilled to partner with Inside the Orchestra to provide a magical and interactive opportunity to expose young kids and their parents to classical music through this unique concept of placing the audience inside the performance,” says Central City Opera Education and Community Engagement Director Deb Morrow.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Admission Information

Designed to bring orchestra music to underserved communities, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra is the only music education program of its kind in the country and depends heavily on grants and donations. The cost of admission is a suggested ticket price of $7.50/person. (Complimentary admission will be offered to those in need, and children under one are free.) Performances do sell out, so it is encouraged to purchase admissions promptly.

To register for tickets, go to www.insidetheorchestra.org/tiny-tots-events and follow the registration and payment instructions. Patrons may also pay for admission at the door the day of the performance, but space is limited. Be sure to check the Inside the Orchestra website prior to the concert. Music lovers can give the gift of music by becoming an Inside Sponsor (starting at $7.50), which provides free admission to children in need. Email info@insidetheorchestra.org with questions or if you are a member of the press and will be attending.

Inside the Orchestra

The mission of ISO is to bring orchestra music to young children in the greater Denver metropolitan community, cultivating music appreciation and enhancing their education through an engaging first-hand experience with the orchestra. ISO is celebrating 50+ years in Denver supporting the orchestra and 28 years bringing professional live orchestra music to Denver’s youth. ISO hired Thomas H. Jensen (previously the conductor of the Colorado Ballet, as well as a radio broadcaster) as Music Director 27 years ago, challenging him to develop an engaging orchestra program that would both entertain and educate children, sparking their creativity and igniting a love of learning. In an effort to make orchestra music accessible to all children, regardless of any socio-economic boundaries, and to ensure that the arts stay alive in education, ISO underwrites performances through private and corporate contributions, grants and special events. Each season ISO programs are performed for an average of 20,000 children in the Denver metro area at 30 elementary schools and ten different venues. For more information about ISO or for the concert schedule please visit www.insidetheorchestra.org/tiny-tots-events.

Baritone Chad Reagan

A Central City Opera Ensemble Artist, Denver-native baritone Chad Reagan performs and teaches throughout the region for the company year-round. This year, Chad will appear with Boulder Opera in their production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa as well as with the Central City Opera Ensemble in the premier of How Green Was My Valley. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member in the music department at the Community College of Denver.

Baritone Adam Ewing

Also a Central City Opera Ensemble Artist, baritone Adam Ewing is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, under the instruction of Patrick Mason. An avid performer and teacher, Ewing was most recently seen as Schaunard in the CU production of La Bohème and a featured soloist in Songs for a New World with the Reedy Studio. He is a frequent member of the Denver Early Music Consort and the Boulder Bach Festival. Favorite operatic roles include Gianni Schicchi, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement

CCO’s year-round Education and Community Engagement programs strive to enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone with programs for all ages. The company has visited over 100 communities across Colorado with these programs, entertaining and educating up to 100,000 people each year. CCO is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services. For more information on CCO’s Education and Community Engagement, contact Director Deborah Morrow at 303-292-6500 or visit www.centralcityopera.org/education.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Performance Information

February 5 through February 24
Wednesday, February 5: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Monday, February 10: 9:30 and 10:30 am, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Denver, CO 80202
Tuesday, February 11: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Wednesday, February 12: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80226
Monday, February 17: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Commerce City Rec Center, 6060 Parkway Dr, Commerce City, CO 80022
Saturday, February 22: 9:30 and 10:30 am, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Denver, CO 80202
Monday, February 24: 9:30 and 10:30 am, The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134

Central City Opera 2014 Festival

Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved comic opera about the marriage of the famous barber of Seville, 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 Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious family 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 available for purchase starting at just $56 and single tickets for each production are also now available starting at $20. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/tickets 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 engagement programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.

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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 GUILD PROUDLY PRESENTS OPERA ROCKS: A SLEW OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR KIDS

Central City Opera

Contact

Christina Dinegar, Opera Rocks Co-Chair 303-278-9541; christinadinegar@q.com
Ericka McDaniel, Opera Rocks Co-Chair 303-798-8923; emcdaniel5@earthlink.net
Kelly Nelson, Publicist 303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Denver, Colo. – Central City Opera Guild announces Opera Rocks, a series of fun and interactive events to engage children and introduce them to the art of opera:

Storytelling through Opera and Art

On Sunday, April 21, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Central City Opera Guild will present Storytelling through Opera and Art at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Children and their families will be captivated by a magical afternoon in the stimulating surroundings of the Denver Art Museum.

Opera and art tell stories in unusual ways– through singing, music, painting, sculpture, photography and textiles. Participants will spend an afternoon with Central City Opera artists at the Denver Art Museum as they bring the elements of storytelling to life through music and theater activities, including a performance of The Great Opera Mix-up and some Mad-Lib style games, followed by a visit to the Fox Games installation where families can create a mini stage set inspired by the artwork. Participants will then have access to all of the galleries at the DAM.

The price is $10 per person and includes free Museum access following the program. This event is ideal for children ages 5 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Storytelling through Opera and Art will be held in the Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum, located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock in Denver. For directions, contact (720) 865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org. Parking is available at the Cultural Complex Garage located at 12th Avenue and Broadway. Tickets can be purchased through the Central City Opera Box Office at (303) 292-670 or www.centralcityopera.org/art.

Opera Inside Out

Central City Opera Guild presents Opera Inside Out, a behind-the-scenes experience for families on Tuesday, June 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., starting at Williams Stables Theater, 113 Eureka St., Central City.

Opera Inside Out opens with a short family performance presented by Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement artists. The program will progress with age-appropriate activities (for children 6-12 years) and a tour of the historic Central City Opera House, including views from all areas of the intimate 550-seat space.

The behind-the-scenes opportunities continue with a backstage tour that includes the orchestra pit and the adjoining Cast House with views of the singers’ dressing rooms, the costume shop and the wig and make-up studios. Families will discover the inner workings of opera through this up-close experience. Interactive games and activities will also be included. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased through the Central City Opera Box Office at (303) 292-670 or www.centralcityopera.org/insideout.

Take a Child to the Opera

On Thursday, July 18 from 11:30 – 5:00 p.m., the Central City Opera Guild will present Take a Child to the Opera, for a full day of fun and the opportunity to see a family matinee performance of The Barber of Seville at 2:30 p.m.

Families can enjoy a historical scavenger hunt around Central City, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Opera House Garden, learn about the famous Barber of Seville from Central City Opera singers, participate in interactive theater games and head to the opera with a special gift. Perfect for ages six and older.

Central City Opera will present an all-new production of The Barber of Seville from June 29 to July 27. This Italian comic opera in two acts about a matchmaking barber is set among the everyday places and characters of 17th century Seville, Spain. The opera follows Rosina, the ward of Dr. Bartolo, who plans to marry her so he can have her dowry. But Rosina is in love with the poor student, Lindoro, who has been serenading her and is really the Count Almaviva in disguise. Figaro, the barber of Seville, is employed by Almaviva to help him meet Rosina. 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. The Family Matinee features Central City Opera’s talented members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program in lead roles.

Take a Child to the Opera tickets, which include the opera performance of The Barber of Seville, are $25 for children and $30 for adults. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/takeachild for tickets and more information.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement artists have presented performances and workshops in more than 125 communities across Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Each year, the Central City Opera Ensemble presents more than 150 performances and workshops in schools, senior centers and communities large and small. These performances provide opportunities for audiences to hear and learn about less familiar works along with old favorites and for new audiences to be introduced to the art form of opera.

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/guild for more information.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR 2013 FESTIVAL

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

ROSSINI'S THE BARBER OF SEVILLE NED ROREM'S OUR TOWN
KERN AND HAMMERSTEIN II'SSHOW BOAT
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Denver, Colo.- The show-stopping line up of nationally renowned artists has been selected for Central City Opera's (CCO) 2013 Festival, which also marks the organization's 81st year. Running June 29 to Aug. 11, the Festival offers the best of both worlds. It opens with two new productions in the Central City Opera House featuring 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 CCO Festival then comes to Denver with a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's glorious American musical,Show Boat, which will only be performed at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. A full cast list for each of the 2013 productions is located at the end of this release.

 

Single tickets, starting at $20 for main stage productions, are available for purchase beginning March 1 for CCO's 2013 Festival.

 

The Barber of Seville (June 29 – July 27) – The 2013 Festival opens with a new production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. The opera is one of the most beloved and performed operas throughout the world. The Barber of Sevillehad its world premiere in 1816 in Italy and was one of the first Italian operas performed in the United States. Its American premiere was in 1823 in New Orleans and it was performed in New York shortly thereafter. 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.

 

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 most recently 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 winner, baritone Daniel Belcher returns to Central City Opera as Figaro, the barber of Seville, following his roles as the sly and clever Gianni Schicchi (2011) and 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 Cenerentolaand Papageno in Die Zauberflötewith Utah Opera; Captain Corcoran inH.M.S. Pinafore with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City; and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with Opera Colorado.

 

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 Fieldwith the Nashville Opera, and Nerone in Agrippina with Berlin Staatsoper.She has received prizes in several competitions, including the Operalia Competition held in Madrid, Spain, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Richard F. Gold Shoshana Foundation Career Grant from The Juilliard School, among others.

 

The tenor role of Count Almaviva will be double-cast. Making his CCO debut, David Portillo* will perform the role 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, 2009 Winner of the Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation Competition, and 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 ofRamiro in La Cenerentola with Nashville Opera & Lyrique en Mer; Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, and Count Almaviva inThe Barber of Seville with the Lismore Music Festival.

 

Returning after his 2007 role as Pandolfe in Cendrillon, The Doctor in Vanessa(2005) and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2002), bass-baritonePatrick 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 theSan 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, a role he also 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. Recent performances include Sparafucile inRigoletto with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with the Chicago Opera Theater, and Larkens in La Fanciulla del West with Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

 

Hailed as a "promising young soprano" by the Los Angeles Times, Alexandra 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;tenor Ian O'Brien will perform the role of Ambrogio; tenor William Dwyer performs as an Officer; and bassWesley Gentle will portray a Notary.

 

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 Underworldin 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 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.

 

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, andRomeo and Juliet for Classic Stage Company. Most recently, he has designed sets for Tosca with the Anchorage Opera and Electra/Oresteswith 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 labeled a "coup de theatre" by the Rocky Mountain News, the "luxuriant costumes" for 2009's Rinaldo hailed by theDenver Post as "nothing short of spectacular," and 2010's Orpheus in the Underworld costumes also touted as having a "showy, masquerade-ball sensibility" by the Denver Post. 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 Windsorwith 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. Mr. Jacques will light all three productions for the 2013 Festival. He has been lauded for his design of more than 300 theatre, opera, television, dance and special event productions. Wig/Makeup Designer for all three productions in 2013 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.

 

Our Town (July 6 – July 28)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. States theNew York Times, Our Town is "an intimate chamber opera to match the play's spareness…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. Our Town will be performed in English.

 

Performing Artists

Christopher Zemliauskas returns to CCO to conductOur Town after conducting Oklahoma! in 2012, Carmen andAmadigi 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 also 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 theNew 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'sLes contes d'Hoffmann and Tytania in 2002's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ms. Christy made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Papagena in Julie Taymor's new production of Die Zauberflöte, in 2005, and two more debuts followed, with appearances as Muffin in the world premiere of William Bolcom's AWedding at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Zemire in Zemire et Azor. This season also brought her back to Santa Fe Opera to sing Celia in Lucio Silla. In 2006, Ms. Christy appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Hortense in the world premiere production of Tobias Picker's 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 inThe Mother of us All; Marzelline in a concert versionFideliowith 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 therecipient 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 Gibbs. Mr. Fergusonmade 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 inThe 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. His other CCO credits includeacclaimed performances as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (2012), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (2009), Sam inSusannah and the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia in 2008, and the Prince in the 2007 production of Cendrillon. A former CCOBonfils-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'sWar 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 the 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 English 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 inThe Barber of Seville with the Metropolitan Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with both New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera; Timur in Turandotwith 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.

 

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 inMadama Butterfly with Portland Opera, the title role of Kepler inKepler with the Spoleto Festival USA, and Falstaff in FalstaffwithAngers 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 after his other recent credits with the company of 2010's Three Decembers, A Little Night Music in 2009 and the sold-outWest Side Story in 2008. Chair of Vocal Arts and Opera, Resident Stage Directorand 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. Muraokareturns to CCOas 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'sMotezuma. Recent credits include The Tempestand 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 forOklahoma! Recent credits include the 2012 Miss America Pageant, Hello my Baby with the Rubicon Theater, and 39 Steps with the Ensemble Theatre Company.

 

Show Boat (Aug. 6 – Aug. 11) - 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.

 

Performing Artists

Hal France returns to lead the Central City Opera (CCO) Orchestra after his lauded performances ofSusannah 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) andGloriana (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 andCarmen 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 inCandide (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-Dick; Three 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.

 

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 the Chicago Lyric Opera, and she will also be reprising the role with Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera in 2013 and 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 theLos 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 Susannahin 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 ofBeatrice in Three DecemberswithFort 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 bohèmea 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 inThe Barber of Seville with the San Francisco Opera, Giacomo inBeatrix Cenci with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Morales in Carmenat 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.

 

Following her acclaimed performances with CCO as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music(2009), Maria in West Side Story (2008) and as Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (2008), soprano Sarah Jane McMahon returns as Magnolia, an aspiring performer and the daughter of Cap'n Andy and Parthy Ann. Ms. McMahon has been hailed by The New York Times as "bright, active, and fastidiously musical," and by Opera News as having "a golden sound." A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, Ms. McMahon has since performed with such opera companies as New York City Opera and Los Angeles Opera (in Parsifal opposite Plácido Domingo), and her recent credits include soprano soloist in theGala concert with Placido Domingo with the New Orleans Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Virginia Opera, and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

 

Bass Soloman Howard* will be making his CCO debut as advice-giving dock worker Joe, a role he will also be playing 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's currently in his second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, getting ready to perform the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. 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.

 

Auditions will be held in Denver in March for casting the roles of Parthy Ann and Ellie in this summer's Show Boat.

 

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 Pianonational tour.

 

Scenic Designer James Youmans* will make his CCO debut with ShowBoat. 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 Away, Swinging on a Star, and revivals ofWest Side Story and Gypsy. In 2010, Mr. Youmans won a Tony Award for Broadway's Come Fly Away. Other live events Mr. Youmans has designed includeThe Music City Holiday Spectacular at Opryland and the NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show for NBA Entertainment. 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 TonyAward-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, Hairand 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. Most recently, Mr. Steinberg is currently preparing for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Carnegie Hall. Nevin's recent sound designs on Broadway include the Performers andMagic/Bird, both of which opened (and closed) in 2012.

 

Central City Opera 2013 Festival – Single Show Tickets on Sale March 1Central 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.

 

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, 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 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 2013 Production Cast Lists

Additional roles TBA * = Central City Opera Debut

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The Barber of Seville

Music

Gioachino Rossini

Libretto

Cesare Sterbini

Conductor

John Baril

Director

Marc Astafan

Assistant Director

Stephanie Havey

Scenic Designer

Arnulfo Maldonado

Costume Designer

Sara Jean Tosetti

Lighting Designer

David Martin Jacques

Wig/Makeup Designer

Dave Bova

Associate Conductor

Levi Hammer*

Chorus Master

Levi Hammer*

Musical Preparation

Michael Baitzer/Bonnie Koestner

Stage Manager

Diane Lin Cole

Assistant Stage Manager

Ginger Castleberry

Supertitles

Thomas Getty

Cast

Fiorello

Shea Owens

Count Almaviva

David Portillo*/Javier Abreu*

Figaro

Daniel Belcher

Rosina

Jennifer Rivera*

Doctor Bartolo

Patrick Carfizzi

Berta

Alexandra Loutsion*

Ambrogio

Ian O'Brien

Don Basilio

Grigory Soloviov*

Un Ufficiale

William Dwyer

Un Notaio

Wesley Gentle

Our Town

Music

Ned Rorem

Libretto

J.D. McClatchy

Conductor

Christopher Zemliauskas

Director

Ken Cazan

Assistant Director

Corinne Hayes

Scenic Designer

Alan E. Muraoka

Costume Designer

Marcy Froelich

Lighting Designer

David Martin Jacques

Wig/Makeup Designer

Dave Bova

Chorus Master

Levi Hammer*

Musical Preparation

Michael Baitzer

Stage Manager

Rachel L. Ginzberg

Assistant Stage Manager

Ginger Castleberry

Supertitles

Thomas Getty

Cast

Stage Manager

Vale Rideout

Dr. Gibbs

Kevin Langan

Mrs. Soames

Claire Shackleton

George Gibbs

William Ferguson*

Emily Webb

Anna Christy

Mrs. Webb

Sally Wolf

Joe Crowell

Robert Murphy

Frank

Alexander Elliott

Sam

Isaac Bray

Lady in the Balcony

Leah Bobbey

Man in the Audience

Jason Ryan

Mr. Webb

John Hancock

Simon Stimson

Kevin Newell

Mrs. Gibbs

Phyllis Pancella

Show Boat

Music

Jerome Kern

Book and Lyrics

Oscar Hammerstein II

Conductor

Hal France

Director

Ray Roderick*

Assistant Director

Kyle Lang

Choreographer

TBA

Scenic Designer

James Youmans*

Costume Designer

TBA

Sound Designer

Nevin Steinberg*

Lighting Designer

David Martin Jacques

Wig/Makeup Designer

Dave Bova

Associate Conductor

Levi Hammer*

Musical Preparation

Bonnie Koestner

Stage Manager

Diane Lin Cole

Assistant Stage Manager

Rachel L. Ginzberg

Cast

Steve

TBA

Queenie

Angela Renee Simpson*

Parthy Ann

TBA

Cap'n Andy

Gene Scheer

Ellie

TBA

Frank

Curt Olds

Julie

Emily Pulley

Gaylor Ravenal

Troy Cook

Magnolia

Sarah Jane McMahon

Joe

Soloman Howard*

CENTRAL CITY OPERA GUILD PRESENTS: 2013 OPERA TEASER

Central City Opera

Contact

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. ###

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA BRING OPERA AND ORCHESTRA MUSIC TO CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

Central City Opera

Contact

Shelby Mattingly, Executive Director, Inside the Orchestra 303-355-7855, shelby@insidetheorchestra.com

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

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

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA
BRING OPERA AND ORCHESTRA MUSIC TO CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

TINY TOTS INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 27 YEARS

JANUARY 20 TO FEBRUARY 15

Denver, Colo - Central City Opera (CCO) partners for the fourth year with the Junior Symphony Guild (JSG), now known as Inside the Orchestra (ISO) on their 2013 Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program. CCO will bring opera to the 27th annual program, which takes place Jan. 20 through Feb. 15 at venues throughout the Denver metro area ranging from Boettcher Concert Hall to El Jebel Shrine (a complete list of performances is below and at www.insidetheorchestra.com).

A 45-minute performance, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra engages, entertains and educates pre-school children six and under (but all ages are welcome). ISO’s adult professional orchestra surrounds the audience as they hear well-known repertoire ranging from “Looney Tunes” to “Star Wars” to Beethoven. Children and their parents are creatively engaged in theatre-of-the-mind activities as they stomp like giants and throw a temper tantrum during Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, grow with music from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and ride into the sunset with the “William Tell Overture.” And, back by popular demand, live opera music will be sung in alternating performances by local Central City Opera Ensemble ArtistsChad Reagan and Adam Ewing. The baritones will sing “Largo al factotum,” widely known as “The Figaro Aria,” that is performed by the main character in Rossini’s famous opera, The Barber of Seville. This opera is being presented in a new production during the 2013 Central City Opera Festival this summer.

On Feb. 4, Inside the Orchestra’s Conductor Tom Jensen will welcome Judi Wolf to the podium as a guest conductor during the 10:30 a.m. show at Boettcher Hall. Mrs. Wolf will conduct a piece from Carmen with a rose in her mouth. A tireless advocate of the arts, Judi’s numerous awards include the Colorado Fine Arts Foundation 2012 Citizen of the Arts Award, the Villager Newspaper Woman of the Year and Girl Scouts of America Woman of Distinction.

“For the fourth year, we’re thrilled to partner with Inside the Orchestra to provide a magical and interactive opportunity to expose young kids and their parents to classical music through this unique concept of placing the audience inside the performance,” says Central City Opera Education and Community Programs Director Deb Morrow.

Baritone Chad Reagan
A CCO Ensemble Artist, Denver-native baritone Chad Reagan performs and teaches throughout the region for the company year-round. This year Chad will appear with Opera Theater of the Rockies in a production of Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief in addition to performing with Lamont Opera as the Father in Hansel and Gretel. Currently he is an adjunct faculty member in the music department at the Community College of Denver.

Baritone Adam Ewing
Baritone Adam Ewing is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado-Boulder, under the instruction of Patrick Mason. An avid performer and teacher, Mr. Ewing was most recently the vocal coach for the Colorado Music Festival’s production of Brundibár, as well as singing the role of the Dog. Other favored roles include the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro and the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass.
Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Admission Information
Designed to bring orchestra music to underserved communities, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra is the only music education program of its kind in the country and depends heavily on grants and donation. The cost of admission is a suggested donation of $7.50/person. (Complimentary admission will be offered to those in need, and children under one are free.) Performances do sell out, so it is encouraged to purchase admissions promptly. To register for tickets, go to http://www.insidetheorchestra.com/event-registration/ and follow the registration and payment instructions. Patrons may also pay for admission at the door the day of the performance, but space is limited. Be sure to check the Inside the Orchestra website prior to the concert (www.insidetheorchestra.com). Music lovers can give the gift to music by becoming an Inside Sponsor (starting at $7.50), which provides free admission to children in need. Email info@insidetheorchestra.com with questions or if you are a member of the press and will be attending.

Inside the Orchestra
The mission of ISO is to bring orchestra music to young children in the greater Denver metropolitan community, cultivating music appreciation and enhancing their education through an engaging first-hand experience with the orchestra. ISO is celebrating 50+ years in Denver supporting the orchestra and 27 years bringing professional live orchestra music to Denver’s youth. ISO hired Thomas H. Jensen (previously the conductor of the Colorado Ballet, as well as a radio broadcaster) as Music Director 27 years ago, challenging him to develop an engaging orchestra program that would both entertain and educate children, sparking their creativity and igniting a love of learning. Mr. Jensen created two unique award-winning programs: Inside the Orchestra and Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra. In an effort to make orchestra music accessible to all children, regardless of any socio-economic boundaries, and to ensure that the arts stay alive in education, ISO underwrites almost all performances through private and corporate contributions, grants and special events. Each season ISO programs are performed for 25,000 children in the Denver metro area at 30 elementary schools and seven different venues. For more information about ISO or for the concert schedule please visit www.insidetheorchestra.com.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement Programs
CCO’s year-round Education and Community Engagement Programs strive to enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone with programs for all ages. The company has visited over 100 communities across Colorado with these programs, entertaining and educating up to 100,000 people each year. CCO is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services. For more information on CCO’s Education and Community Engagement Programs, contact Education and Community Engagement Programs Director Deborah Morrow at 303-292-6500 or visit www.centralcityopera.org/education.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Performance Information
January 20 to February 15
Sunday, Jan. 20: 1:30 and 3:00 p.m., Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Monday, Feb. 4: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, CO 80202

Tuesday, Feb. 5: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220 SOLD OUT

Wednesday, Feb. 6: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134

Wednesday, Feb. 13: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., El Jebel Shrine, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver, CO 80212

Friday, Feb. 15: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80226

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 April 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.

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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