Out of the Box
“I was very impressed with the talent, the selections, the narrative, the direction…I could go on and on.” – Audience member, Smooth Operator, Lone Tree Arts Center
You thought you had to wait until the summer festival for a good cry or a hearty laugh in the theatre, but Central City Opera makes opera mobile! Enjoy the fun anytime, from a lecture or one singer and a pianist for a small group up to a quartet in a 90-minute program of staged opera/musical scenes. Call us and we’ll load up the magic opera bus and bring you a program of scenes and arias just right for any occasion, whether it’s holiday party entertainment, a corporate event, a lecture series or a community concert.
The Rocky Mountain region enjoys the benefits of a vibrant population; diverse, educated and expanding rapidly. Central City Opera recognizes its historic role as an arts and cultural resource and is unique in bringing its award-winning touring programs to the entire region, including rural and remote locations. Our touring programs center on family entertainment, offering educational programs for children and community programs for families, using 3-4 singers and a pianist. Our artists are also adept at encouraging, gently guiding and inspiring middle or high school singers in a master class situation.
When: Available year-round, 2-4 day tours
Fees: Cost varies based on program and distance. In the Denver metro area, a community performance averages $1,500; school programs generally begin at $350. Fees are negotiable depending on size of community or school and ability to pay.
Minimum Technical Requirements
- Performance space of 25’ x 15’, preferably a stage
- Piano (recently tuned or tuned for performance)
- (Community performance only) General warm lighting with the ability to focus instruments, if possible. CCO technical director sets and runs lights unless venue requires its own personnel, the expense for which is the responsibility of the presenter.
- (Concert) Presenter retains all ticket revenue, provides all front of house personnel and services, and local publicity.
- Central City Opera provides press kits, flyers or posters and printed programs.
Take two, three or four stellar singers and a proficient pianist, choose wisely from 400 years worth of glorious vocal repertoire, and stir up four entertaining 60-90-minute variety performances of opera and musical theatre that audiences love.
All four shows are available year round for booking, anywhere in Colorado and Wyoming, or the western areas of Kansas and Nebraska.
There’s a Song for That!
Isn’t it funny how snippets of songs come to mind when we hear a certain phrase or subject? There’s a Song for That!, Central City Opera’s newest ensemble concert, explores this phenomenon with songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and more; scenes from Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic masterpieces The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance; and a host of other Broadway and Opera favorites. You don’t want to miss four splendid singers – and a masterful musician at the piano – performing silly, sad, or salacious songs for all occasions.
- There’s a Song for That! (4 singers) $2,000 per performance*
A musical reflection on the ups, the downs, and the all around magic of love, featuring a romantic duo or trio (and dynamic pianist) from the Central City Opera Ensemble. Relive the rollercoaster of love through this eclectic program of songs and duets from opera and musical theatre.
“Last evening’s performance was superb – all the artists did an excellent job – that’s not an easy program! The highlight of the evening was the 8 senior citizens we encouraged to attend (with free admission) who absolutely loved it. One darling 80-year-old gentleman, sitting front and center, was nearly having a heart attack when “Carmen” came down into the audience and directed her aria just to him.” – Sue Hillhouse, Ouray Performing Arts Guild – Love Notes 2009
- Love Notes (2 singers) $1,000 per performance*
- Love Notes (3 singers) $1,500 per performance*
Staged scenes from operas and musical theatre highlighting infamous schemers from “Sweeney Todd” to “La Traviata” and “The Music Man” to “Carmen.” With leading men and ladies like Don Juan, Cleopatra and Delilah, this concert features some of the most beautiful arias and duets ever written, as well as a few funny, jazzy, finger-snapping numbers.
“While members of the audience grabbed a cup of coffee during intermission they commented on the high quality performers and the entertaining program. They loved the variety of music! The introduction to the songs was helpful and entertaining, but above all the performance was great.” – Amanda Arnce, Community Events Coordinator, Highlands Ranch Community Association, 2010 (Smooth Operator at Cherry Hills Community Church)
- Smooth Operator (3 singers) $1,500 per performance*
Saints and Sinners
The Central City Opera Ensemble invites you to enjoy the extremes of opera, where saints are absolutely angelic and sinners despicably demonic. Scenes and songs from opera and classic musical theatre favorites like Rigoletto, Faust and Godspell will stir your soul – but in which direction? Both Heaven and Hell beckon.
“I loved the selections, or as I call them, the best of the best. If you didn’t have a program and even if you weren’t familiar with opera you would remember the music and start humming because you had heard it somewhere (commercials, background music for TV or movies). I always recommend this group to other presenters.” – Marvin Brown, Lander (WY) Concert Association – Saints and Sinners 2011
- Saints and Sinners (4 singers) $2,000 per performance*
* Additional fee may be charged for distances further than the Denver metro area. Please call us at 303-331-7026 to discuss.
Download information on all three performances by pdf.
We’d be happy to speak to your club, service organization or group, with an optional PowerPoint presentation to accompany the discussion. Cost varies based on program and distance.
EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
The Central City Opera Ensemble performs throughout the year, and we may already have something scheduled in your area. Check out our Events listings to see what’s performing next!