Did You Know? Famous Stars Performed at Central City Opera

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. Since Central City Opera’s opening in 1878, many stars of the stage and screen have performed in the 550 jewel-box theater. Even before the creation of Central City Opera, the theater hosted famous acts such as P.T. Barnum’s circus and […]

Throwback Thursday: Thornton Wilder as the Stage Manager in Our Town

For Throwback Thursday, here’s a great photo of Thornton Wilder from a 1950 performance of Our Town in Wellesley, Massachusetts. In addition to writing the historic play, Wilder would often portray the role of the Stage Manager, as pictured below. Image from Yale’s Beinecke Library You can also listen to Wilder reading from Act Three of […]

Throwback Thursday: Looking Back on Opening Night 1932

With opening night of Central City Opera’s 2013 Festival now just a few days away, let’s look back on July 16, 1932, the opening night that started it all… Crowds filled the street before the sold-out first performance of Camille in 1932.  Although the Opera House was built in 1878, the Central City Opera House Association […]

Central City Opera Celebrates Benjamin Britten

We’re very excited to share the recently digitally-remastered clips from our 2002 production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Britten was born in 1913 and the “centenary” celebration of his works spans the 2012 and 2013 seasons of performing arts companies around the world. Central City Opera has a rich tradition of producing the […]