Melodious Musings on the Orchestra: AMADIGI DI GAULA and Sundays at St. James

Whenever I get the opportunity to actually sit and watch one of our operas, I love to sit in the balcony.  With only 550 seats in the Opera House, there really isn’t a “bad” seat anywhere; however, up in the balcony you get a nice overview angle of the stage, an easy perspective to read […]

More Fun with CARMEN as Central City Opera Stars Sing with Jim Henson Characters

In our continuing series of “Where Have I Heard That?” we return to the ever-popular Carmen. There is no end to the number of times this familiar music has been used in pop culture, appearing lately in ads for the reality TV show, Love in the Wild, and other commercials. But my favorite uses are still […]

Focus On: Ken Cazan, Director of the One Acts

The Opera Insider caught up with Ken Cazan, who returns to direct this summer’s triple bill of one-act operas: Gianni Schicchi, The Breasts of Tiresias and The Seven Deadly Sins. During this summer season you will be directing three one-act operas; do you think the rehearsal period will be long enough? Lord,no! This is a […]

Making History Again…

The 2011 Festival is fast approaching its June 25th opening with Bizet’s Carmen. With nearly 150 people working in Central City, including staff members, singers, the production teams along with numerous other contributors, it’s not often that everyone comes to a halt during the frenzied workweek. A much-needed break, of sorts, did come to the […]

Celebrating 78 Years of Sin

The origin of sin is oftentimes traced back to Eve’s time in the Garden of Eden, but on this date (June 7th) in 1933, a new look at sin was introduced at the famed Parisian Théatre des Champs-Elysées with the premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. This satirical opera of seven scenes was […]

New Festival, New Look and New Life in Central City

[Editor’s Note: Here’s the first blog post from our new Public Relations Assistant and 2011 Festival Staffer, Jake Sinatra.] Just as the trees begin to bud in Central City, new life abounds thanks to the Central City Opera Guild. The Guild swept over Central City this week for their annual “Planting Day.” All of the […]

Central City Opera On The Road

One of the fun aspects of being a part of the year-round Central City Opera staff is “loading up the opera bus” and presenting our school shows around the state.   The Central City Opera Ensemble recently headed to Leadville, Colorado  where, with the financial sponsorship of the Breckenridge Music Festival, we performed  En Mis Palabras […]

Happy Birthday, Francis Poulenc!

On this date in 1899, composer Francis Poulenc was born in Paris. Through the wonders of YouTube, we are able to observe Poulenc himself, accompanying soprano Denise Duval for a 1959 concert version of the soprano aria from Les Mamelles de Tiresias (The Breasts of Tiresias). As a special treat, Poulenc “sings” at 4:45 into […]