1930s Paris to the English Countryside in Under 3 Hours!

Last Saturday afternoon, the Central City Opera House stage featured Rodolfo and Marcello’s brightly lit Parisian garret for a matinee of La Bohème. By 7:30 that same night, the stage was transformed into the dark Bly House setting for The Turn of the Screw. On days like this, our hardworking stagehands have only a few […]

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists in the Spotlight

This Thursday afternoon (August 9 at 2:30pm), you can witness the splendid young artists of Central City Opera’s 2012 Festival as they take the stage in the lead roles of La Bohème during our Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee. These hardworking and extremely talented artists, most of whom are in their college years, are usually […]


Composer Benjamin Britten This year’s opera The Turn of the Screw doesn’t have the ever-popular songs that Oklahoma! does, or even the familiar musical moments of La Bohème, but composer Benjamin Britten did include very tuneful children’s songs in the opera.  One notable song that could have several meanings is Miles’ song “Malo.” This verse […]

Video Clips from LA BOHÈME – Central City Opera’s 2012 production

Central City Opera’s La Bohème continues through August 12th. To whet your appetite, enjoy these snippets from the production. From Act One, an excerpt of “O soave fanciulla” with Mimi  & Rodolfo: From Act Two in the Café Momus: From Act Three with Marcello & Mimi: Glimpses of Central City Opera’s 2012 production of LA […]

The Talented Teens of the Summer Performing Arts Intensive

This week is one of my favorite times of the entire year. As production/stage manager of Central City Opera’s Education & Community Programs, I get to witness some pretty transformative experiences as young students enjoy their first exposure to classical music. But probably the most touching, powerful and uplifting moments for me happen during our […]

Turn of the ScrewFest

Last Saturday, the historic and haunted Teller House filled with spirits and entertainment for the first of two creepy-cool Turn of the ScrewFest paranormal parties. The events are part of Central City Opera’s Paranormal Project, in celebration of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Menotti’s The Medium.  The all-star cast of Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, […]

Scenic Design of THE TURN OF THE SCREW

In the final segment of our interview with Alessandro Talevi, stage director of this summer’s The Turn of the Screw, Mr. Talevi gives us some background information on the Madeleine Boyd’s rich, dark scenic design. If you’ve seen a performance already, you may have wondered about the upside-down images that are projected onstage; watch the […]

Britten’s Brilliant Twelve-Tone Row in THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Central City Opera opens its third mainstage production tonight with the creepy and cool opera The Turn of the Screw. While not as toe-tapping as the songs from this year’s Oklahoma!, the score is very interesting. The opera is organized in a way that would thrill those of the Type-A personality. Benjamin Britten built the entire […]