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 […]

Puccini’s Famous Aria “O mio babbino caro”

Gianni Schicchi, which Central City Opera will present in 2011, contains one of the best-known arias of the opera world –  “O mio babbino caro.”  It has been used as the soundtrack for countless films and commercials, and even brought fame to 10-year-old Jackie Evancho on America’s Got Talent. In the film world, you’ll find […]

Central City Elks Lodge Clock

While roaming the internet, I came across an interesting tidbit about the Elks Lodge in Central City, CO. Did you notice that the time is “stuck” at eleven o’clock? This wasn’t an accident! A picture of the clock was recently placed on Waymarking.com (displayed below): The description said, “This beautiful Elks Lodge building features a […]

Central City Happenings

It’s almost time for the season to start, and Central City is buzzing with people and activity. The season doesn’t officially begin until Saturday, but Madama Butterfly‘s final dress rehearsal is today, which means we have our first audience! Everyone has been preparing all week. The ushers learned the famous Ushers’ Song last week, and […]