By Margaret Siegrist, Marketing Consultant Since Pelham (Pat) Pearce joined Central City Opera as General/Artistic Director more than 22 years ago, the company has produced operas of varying size and scope, everything from classics to new and specially commissioned works. However, beginning with the U.S. premiere of Gloriana in 2001, the works of contemporary composer […]
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The Central City Opera Guild and Denver’s best designers and florists are putting the finishing touches on the L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour. Six Belcaro and Bonnie Brae homes have been trimmed with the most festive and fashionable decor our experts could cook up, and their doors are open to you November 16-17! Reserve last […]
BY MARGARET SIEGRIST On a chilly 1878 March evening, the curtains parted for the first time at a new Opera House nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Beneath ornate ceiling frescos, rough and tumble benefactors filled each row of hickory chairs in the audience. Gold and silver nuggets showered the stage at the final […]
Central City Opera is thrilled to announce that Michael Baitzer, our Principal Coach of seven years, will join us as the Director of the acclaimed Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program for the 2019 Festival. Baitzer has been a fixture of the Central City Opera (CCO) music staff since 1999, and he has overseen the […]
Central City Opera Guild Announces the 2018 L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour The L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour takes you inside Denver’s historic Belcaro and Bonnie Brae neighborhoods to experience iconic architecture, incredible decor and ample holiday cheer! Six magnificent featured homes will be beautifully decorated for the holidays by the metro area’s […]
By Nathan Kahn, ROPA President Emeritus and Retired AFM Negotiator With sincere thanks to contributors Ingrid Peoria, Tom Reel, Jill Dispenza and Peter Cooper Kim Peoria, ROPA Vice-President from 1988 to 1992, passed away on July 3, 2018 after a protracted battle with cancer. He left behind his wife Ingrid, a member of the Central […]
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 […]
By Deborah Morrow Our 2018 production of The Magic Flute prominently features three young boys who have a great deal to do in this opera. We thought it would be interesting to sleuth out a bit more information about children in opera. Opera composers have created a long tradition of utilizing the voices of children […]
By Deborah Morrow, Director of Education and Community Engagement The infamous “Face on the Barroom Floor” is something of a conundrum. Most everyone knows that there is an actual face painted on the floor of the Teller House bar in Central City. But the famous poem, “The Face Upon the Floor” from 1887 (and its […]
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 […]
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The secret to Central City Opera's success: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program which develops young opera singers to launch their careers. The General/Artistic Director talks about the business and the joy of opera.
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