Entries by Central City Opera

Characters of IL TROVATORE with Alex Loutsion

Before the season started, Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement department (ECE) asked leading soprano Alexandra Loutsion, (Leonora in Il trovatore) to explain the characters and plot of Il trovatore from an inside perspective. ECE: “So, you’re singing Il trovatore this summer! I’ve heard it’s a crazy story! Can you tell me about the […]

DRAMATIC “TROVATORE,” STRIKINGLY ORIGINAL “MAGIC FLUTE” IN CENTRAL CITY. Review By Peter Alexander

Central City Opera opened a powerful, dramatic production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore  Saturday (July 14) in their intimate and historic opera house. Intimate is not just a descriptor; it is a significant reason for the production’s impact. With it’s rousing choruses, virtuoso arias, violent passions and gruesome deaths, Il Trovatore meets all the expectations of grand opera, fit for […]

GRAB YOUR OSTRICH AND GO: ALESSANDRO TALEVI’S FLUTE IS PURE MAGIC, Review by Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal

  THE ITINERANT MELOMANE GRAB YOUR OSTRICH AND GO: ALESSANDRO TALEVI’S FLUTE IS PURE MAGIC Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal   This review is based on two performances, on July 11 and 21. The Magic Flute is an opera outside of time and space.  It is a fantasy which is set in no specific era and no specific place, […]

CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S IMAGINATIVE “THE MAGIC FLUTE” STIMULATES MIND AND HEART. Review By Kelly Dean Hansen

  CENTRAL CITY’S OPERA’S IMAGINATIVE “THE MAGIC FLUTE” STIMULATES MIND AND HEART By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Central City Opera’s production of “The Magic Flute,” in repertory through August 5, is ambitious, imaginative and bold.  For those who know and revere Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece, it is also potentially […]

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA. Review by Kelly Dean Hansen

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Music Director John Baril has seen his share of milestones in the pit at Central City Opera, but this summer’s “Il trovatore”—which just played its second performance and runs through August 3—represents a new height for him […]

What to Listen for in IL TROVATORE

By John Baril, Music Director One of the many brilliant things about Verdi’s music is that, generally, he creates a mood with the orchestra using the most economical of means. For instance, the very beginning of Il trovatore features three bass drum and timpani rolls, each time getting louder than the last. Arguably, this suggests darkness, […]

Central City Opera Podcast Season 3

Listen now: ccopodcast.libsyn.com The Central City Opera Podcast introduces you to the movers and shakers of the Central City Opera Festival. Episodes feature interviews with principal artists, directors, conductors, production staff, and other special guests. Now in its third season, you can listen to new and old episodes here: ccopodcast.libsyn.com. You can also listen through iTunes, […]