Have you ever wanted to sit down with a Central City Opera singer, director, conductor, orchestra musician, or production staff member and get to know them (and what they do) a little better? You’re in luck – our podcasts feature interviews with artists and others involved in our operas this season, plus insights from local experts on the Festival offerings.
You can listen at your leisure after downloading the podcasts directly to your computer, tablet, or phone from our website or a podcast app such as the built-in iTunes podcast app on Apple products or the Stitcher app (iOS and Android). See our post on how to download a podcast. We encourage you to listen on your drive to the Opera House on the beautiful Central City Parkway or up the canyon.
You can download podcasts from our 2016 season right now! During our 2017 Summer Festival, we’ll release new episodes that will provide timely information on what’s going on at Central City Opera. Downloading the episodes is easy, free, and fast. Enjoy at your leisure!
Click on the titles below to be taken to all of the Season One (2016) episodes for each week.
July 5, Week 1: The Central City Opera Summer Begins
Featuring episodes with General/Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce; Music Director John Baril; Director of Production Karen Federing; soprano Anna Christy (Baby Doe Tabor), and the stage director for The Ballad of Baby Doe, Ken Cazan.
July 12, Week 2: Another Opening, Another Show!
Featuring episodes with soprano Alexandra Loutsion (Floria Tosca); Tosca stage director Joachim Schamberger; baritone Michael Mayes (Baron Scarpia); and The Ballad of Baby Doe conductor Timothy Myers.
July 19, Week 3: Baby Doe Meets Tosca – Sharing the Stage
Featuring episodes with mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer (Augusta); bass Donald Hartmann (Sacristan & William Jennings Bryan); mezzo-soprano Sarah Barber (Mama McCourt); and Tom Getty (Assistant Conductor and Surtitlist).
July 26, Week 4: Shaping the Opera Stars of Tomorrow
Featuring episodes with Michael Ehrman (director of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program); Michael Baitzer (Principal Music Coach); and various Apprentice and Studio Artists.
August 2, Week 5: Getting to Know You (Better)
Featuring episodes with Grant Youngblood (Horace Tabor); Jonathan Burton (Mario Cavaradossi); violist Brian Cook; Michael Wingfield (Technical Director); Liz Printz (Wig/Make-up Designer) and Stacie Logue (Costume Shop Manager); and just in time for the Family Matinee on August 2, Apprentice Artists Adam Richardson (Horace Tabor cover), Alice Anne Light (August Tabor cover), and Helen Huang (Baby Doe cover).
August 9, Week 6: Until We Meet Again
On this final episode of the 2016 Festival Season, meet a very special long-time patron of Central City Opera: Jeanne Richards.
Want to learn more about this season’s operas?
Get the inside scoop via Opera Insider, our festival guide featuring history on this season’s operas, insight into what inspired the composers and librettists to write them, interviews with the artists and opera-themed activities. Download the Opera Insider at www.centralcityopera.org/insider or pick up a copy in our Gift Shop in Central City.