Lunch & Learn Series

Looking for something new to do during your lunch break? Expand your knowledge of Central City Opera’s upcoming repertoire and find out what goes on behind-the-scenes by attending our virtual “Lunch & Learn” series! Each session is 30 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for Q&A. Lectures will be streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live. Registration is free!
(Please note, all times listed are in Mountain Daylight Time.)


TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2021 | 12PM MT

with Betsy Schwarm, Pre-performance Speaker with Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony

What led Giuseppe Verdi to write his masterpiece Rigoletto? How is this opera a creative landmark, and why was the source of the story so controversial? Music historian Betsy Schwarm offers an intriguing perspective on Rigoletto and the impact this opera continues to have on the music world today.


TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021 | 12PM MT

with John Baril, Central City Opera Music Director

Watching an opera is a completely different experience when the conductor themselves tells you specifically what to listen for. Central City Opera’s John Baril will be leading the orchestra through Rigoletto this summer and offers his perspective on what your ears should be paying attention to when the music swells.

Backstage at the Opera: Wigs & Makeup

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021 | 12PM MT

with Jason Allen, wig master

When performers wear a wig on stage, they’re often so life-like that you might not even realize it’s not their actual hair! Learn from the creator behind the hair designs about what goes into the making of these works of art and how the wigs and makeup department plays an intricate role in the summer festival.

Carousel: A Music Historian's Perspective

TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021 | 12PM MT

with Betsy Schwarm, Pre-performance Speaker with Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony

Did you know that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel was actually first envisioned as an opera? Music historian Betsy Schwarm leads you through the evolution and adaption of this beloved piece.

Producing a Festival in Covid Times

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021 | 12PM MT

with Karen Federing, Production Director at Central City Opera

In 2020, the performing arts world was brought to a halt. Now, companies are figuring out how to safely produce works with best practices that protect performers and audiences alike. Learn what Central City Opera is doing to prepare for their 2021 summer festival and what the “new normal” in theatre will be moving forward.

Carousel: A Maestro's Perspective

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021 | 12PM MT

with Christopher Zemliauskas,
2021 Festival conductor

Christopher Zemliauskas returns to Central City Opera this summer to conduct Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Hear his take on this classic, what to expect from the downsized orchestra and what he anticipates to be the showstopping numbers.

Dido and Aeneas: A Music Historian's Perspective

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2021 | 12PM MT

with Betsy Schwarm, Pre-performance Speaker with Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony

Henry Purcell’s English Baroque opera Dido And Aeneas dates so far back that the first performance is thought to be around 1689. Music Historian Betsy Schwarm will uncover more interesting facts about this piece, just in time for Central City Opera’s garden performances this summer.