Alessandro Talevi: Double Bill Director

BY ERIN OSOVETS BACK FOR HIS FIFTH PRODUCTION AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA, Alessandro Talevi brings his distinct visual style to the double bill of The Blessed Damozel and Litanies to the Black Virgin. The Johannesburg native has had an eventful year since directing The Magic Flute at Central City Opera last summer, keeping audiences from […]

EPIC, POWERFUL “BILLY BUDD” AMAZES CENTRAL CITY AUDIENCE

By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D., Freelance Classical Music Writer The operas of Benjamin Britten are strange.  They are powerful, emotional, musically sophisticated, profound, and culturally relevant, but they are also strange.  The characters in Britten operas tend to be almost allegorical, only coming into their own as real humans as the plot develops. Herman Melville’s […]

Central City Opera Podcast Season 4

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 fourth season, you can listen to new and old episodes here: ccopodcast.libsyn.com. You can also listen through Apple […]

Experience the Unforgettable at the Central City Opera 2019 Festival

DENVER (May 23, 2019)— Experience the unforgettable at the Central City Opera 2019 Festival July 6 through August 6. This year, main stage productions include “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini (opening July 6) and the Colorado premiere of “Billy Budd” by Benjamin Britten (opening July 13). Both world-class performances will be brought to life in the historic 550-seat jewel box […]

The Britten Canon: “It’s Just GREAT Theater”

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 Benjamin Britten have been an […]