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

Central City Opera

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

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

Denver, Colo.- Central City Opera’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 Presents Annual Girlfriends’ Day in Central City and the First Overture Night in Denver

Central City Opera

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Central City Opera Guild, established in 1974, assists Central City Opera through work in historic preservation, education, cultural and social events, and fundraising. Visit www.centralcityopera.org for more information.
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Central City Opera’s 2013 Festival Opens With A New Production of Rossini’s Beloved THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Central City Opera

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

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

Denver, Colo.- Central City Opera (CCO) opens its 2013 Festival with a new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.  Directed by CCO’s Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Marc Astafan, the production opensJune 29, with performances continuing through July 27.
One of the most beloved and performed operas throughout the world, The Barber of Seville had its world premiere in 1816 in Italy and was one of the first Italian operas performed in the United States.
This Italian comic opera in two acts about a matchmaking barber is set among the everyday places and characters of 17th century Seville, Spain. It tells the story of Rosina, a young woman who is a ward to an older man, Dr. Bartolo, who plans to marry her when she is of age so he can have her dowry. But Rosina is in love with the poor student, Lindoro, who has been serenading Rosina and is really the nobleman Count Almaviva in disguise. Figaro, the barber of Seville, is asked by Almaviva to help him lure Rosina so he can tell her he loves her. Figaro’s advice and actions lead to the adventures and mistaken identities for which the opera is known. The Barber of Seville will be performed at the Central City Opera House in Italian with English supertitles.
Live Broadcast on Colorado Public Radio: June 29
Colorado Public Radio’s (CPR) Classical Music station will feature a live broadcast of Central City Opera’s opening-night performance of The Barber of Seville on June 29.  This will be the third live broadcast on CPR from the historic Central City Opera House. CPR Classical Music Host Charley Samson will present The Barber of Seville broadcast and provide interviews with performers and insightful commentary throughout the program. The broadcast begins at 7:55 p.m. prior to the start of the opera at 8 p.m. Listeners can tune in to: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.CPR.org.
Production Team
CCO’s Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Marc Astafan will direct the 2013 production of The Barber of Seville. Marc Astafan is a respected director, educator, mentor and coach who has dedicated most of his career to the development of young opera singers in the United States. Astafan has directed critically acclaimed productions across the country, and his CCO directing credits include Tosca in 1998, Don Giovanni in 2006, Cendrillon in 2007, Rinaldo in 2009, Orpheus in the Underworld in 2010 and The Medium in 2012. Mr. Astafan also worked with CCO as an Assistant Stage Director for multiple shows from 1994 to 2005. In addition, he directed the collaborations with CCO and The Colorado Symphony for A Night at the Opera in 1997, The Jerome Kern Songbook in 2002, HMS Pinafore in 2004, The Pirates of Penzance in 2005, and The Mikado in 2006. 2012 was Mr. Astafan’s first year as Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, a national model for the professional development of young singers that provides 10 weeks of rigorous training and sessions in career management with rehearsals and opera performance opportunities in main stage and additional festival productions.
Set Designer Arnulfo Maldonado returns to Central City Opera for The Barber of Seville following his CCO debut for 2010′s Orpheus in the Underworld. Mr. Maldonado was the Set Designer for La finta giardiniera at the Alexander Kasser Theater, The Hairy Dutchman at the University of Rochester, and Romeo and Juliet for Classic Stage Company. Most recently, he has designed sets for Tosca with the Anchorage Opera and Electra/Orestes with Centro Cultural Universidad del Pacifico. He was also the Costume Designer for Betrayal with the Perseverance Theatre. Costume Designer Sara Jean Tosetti returns after designing the celebrated costumes for 2011′s Carmen, the “eye-catching styles” for 2007′s Cendrillon, the “luxuriant costumes” for 2009′s Rinaldo hailed by the Denver Post as “nothing short of spectacular,” and 2010′s Orpheus in the Underworld costumes also touted by the Denver Post as having a “showy, masquerade-ball sensibility”. A Princess Grace Award recipient, Ms. Tosetti’s recent credits include The Exonerated with Culture Project, Jane Eyre with Focus Features/BBC Films, The Merry Wives of Windsor with Shakespeare Festival of Saint Louis and Artifice with Complexions Inc. on Broadway. David Martin Jacques returns this summer for his 13th festival as Resident Lighting Designer.  He has been lauded for his design of more than 300 theatre, opera, television, dance and special event productions.  The Wig/Makeup Designer is Dave Bova, who made his CCO debut in 2012. Mr. Bova’s recent work has included Cabaret and Death of a Salesman with The Dallas Theater Center, Sweeney Todd with Barrington Stage, and Annie Get Your Gun with the Ravinia Festival.
Performing Artists  
Celebrating his 22nd Festival with the company, CCO Music Director John Baril will serve as conductor of The Barber of Seville, having led a wide range of productions during his tenure with the company, including last year’s performance of La bohème, 2011′s triple bill of one-act operas, and 2010′s performances of Three Decembers. Chorus Master for Opera Colorado since 2003, Mr. Baril made his official Opera Colorado conducting debut leading Le nozze di Figaro in 2012 and conducted the young artist performance of The Barber of Seville for the company in February 2010. He made his Opera Delaware debut in May 2010 conducting Tosca, and returned last fall for Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Levi Hammer* will be making his CCO debut as associate conductor for all three productions. Mr. Hammer also currently serves as assistant conductor of the Akron Symphony and music director of the Akron Youth Symphony. Previously, Mr. Hammer spent three seasons as associate conductor of the Castleton Festival, has assisted George Manahan at the Aspen Music Festival, and is a regular cover conductor at the Atlanta Symphony, where he has assisted Robert Spano, among others.
A 2010 Grammy Award winner, baritone Daniel Belcher returns to CCO as Figaro, the barber of Seville, following his roles as the sly and clever Gianni Schicchi (2011), The Husband in The Breasts of Tiresias (2011), John Brooke in Little Women (2001), and Henry Cuffe in Gloriana (2001). A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, Mr. Belcher has recently performed the roles of Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri with both the Utah Symphony & Opera and Houston Grand Opera; Dandini in La Cenerentola and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Utah Opera; Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City; and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with Opera Colorado.
“Figaro is like an old friend to me, particularly Rossini’s Figaro,” says Belcher, who has previously sung the role of Figaro with Arizona Opera, Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Utah Opera, to name a few. “There is one secret to making Figaro complete, which is making everything sound vocally and seem physically at ease. Somehow, Figaro can always get out of situations.  The moment it looks hard, it undermines the character. Everything must be a complete joy.
A sought after and versatile lyric mezzo soprano, Jennifer Rivera* will make her CCO debut performing the role of Rosina, a role she has performed with numerous companies, including the New York City Opera, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Dayton Opera, Portland Opera, and the Berlin Staatsoper.  Other recent credits include the title role of Stellidaura in La Stellidaura vendicante with the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Mrs. Williamson in The Difficulty of Crossing a Field with the Nashville Opera, and Nerone in Agrippina with Berlin Staatsoper.
The tenor role of Count Almaviva will be double-cast. Making his CCO debut, David Portillo* will perform the role for performances between June 29 – July 17. Mr. Portillo has previously performed the role of Count Almaviva with the Pittsburgh Opera, Tulsa Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Having established a reputation as an accomplished vocalist with uncommon technical facility, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2009 Shoshana Foundation Grant, 2009 American Opera Society of Chicago Award, and is a two-time recipient of a Shouse Career Development Grant from the Wolf Trap Foundation. His recent credits include: Tonio in La fille du regiment with the Ft. Worth Opera; David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Percy in Anna Bolena with the Minnesota Opera. Also making his professional CCO debut, Javier Abreu* will perform the role of Count Almaviva, for the July 21, 23 and 27 performances. A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice and Young Artist, his recent credits include the role of Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Nashville Opera and Lyrique en Mer; Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with the Lismore Music Festival.
Returning after his role as Pandolfe in Cendrillon (2007), The Doctor in Vanessa (2005) and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2002), bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi will perform the role of the doctor and Rosina’s guardian, Doctor Bartolo. A frequent artist with the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Carfizzi’s credits there include performances of La bohème, Turandot and Andrea Chénier. Other recent credits include Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China with the San Francisco Opera, Fra Melitone in La forza del destino with Oper der Stadt Köln, and Jailer in Dialogues des carmélites with the Metropolitan Opera. Making his CCO debut, Russian bass Grigory Soloviov* will perform the role of music teacher Don Basilio, which he performed with the Washington National Opera in 2009. A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory and the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Mr. Soloviov has won or placed as a finalist in many prestigious vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition.
Hailed as a “promising young soprano” by the Los Angeles TimesAlexandra Loutsion* makes her professional CCO debut in the role of Berta, servant to Doctor Bartolo. A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist and recipient of the John Moriarty Award, Ms. Loutsion continues to be recognized for her passionate performances and vocal versatility as a rising star on the operatic and concert stage. Her recent credits include Mother/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel with the Pittsburgh Opera, the cover role of Anna in Maometto II with the Santa Fe Opera, and the cover role of Tosca in Tosca with the Santa Fe Opera.
Artists in CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, celebrating 35 years in 2013, round out the remainder of the cast. Baritone Shea Owens will be playing the role of Fiorello; and tenor William Dwyer performs as an Officer.
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Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town about not-so-ordinary life in small town America is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.
Show Boat  at Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Show Boat, Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic slice-of-life musical of workers on a Mississippi showboat  at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.
In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
Celebrating its 81st year, Central City Opera is the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.

(Set, costume designs, and headshots available upon request.)
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