Spotlight On: Troy Cook, Baritone (Giorgio Germont, LA TRAVIATA)

  Troy Cook, Baritone Editor’s Note: Today’s blog comes from an article in our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide). Deborah Morrow (Director, Education & Community Engagement) interviewed Troy Cook. He plays Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, which plays its final performance today. We understand that this summer’s production of La Traviata will be your first opportunity to […]

Spotlight On: Christopher Zemliauskas, Conductor

Christopher Zemliauskas,Conductor Editor’s Note: Today’s blog comes from an article in our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide). Emily Murdock (Associate Director, Education & Community Engagement) interviewed Christopher Zemliauskas, conductor of our one-act operas Don Quixote and the Duchess and The Prodigal Son. He was last in Central City in 2013 conducting the opera Our […]

Spotlight on: Nicholas Ward, Baritone

Nicholas Ward, Baritone Editor’s Note: Today’s blog comes from an article in our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide). Emily Murdock (Associate Director, Education & Community Engagement) interviewed Nicholas Ward, one of our Apprentice Artists. He portrays Elder Son in our one-act opera The Prodigal Son this year as well as Marquis D’Obigny in La […]

Where in the World is La Mancha?

“La Mancha,” translates as “The  Channel” and refers to a wide bleak plain in Spain (pictured above in red). It can also be translated as “The Stain” – not great for a knight’s home base. The climate, according to Dale Wasserman (Man of La Mancha), is “Nine months of winter and three months of hell…It’s […]

Musical Word Search with Central City Opera

Have you taken a look at our Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide)? In addition to background on the 2015 Festival productions and interviews with the artists, there are quite a few activities, including the Word Search below and a musical version of Sudoku. Download your free copy today! Produced by Central City Opera’s Education & […]

Spotlight On: Mezzo-Soprano Lucy Schaufer (Aldonza, MAN OF LA MANCHA)

Lucy Schaufer, Mezzo-SopranoAldonza, MAN OF LA MANCHA Today’s blog comes from an article in our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide), where Ms. Schaufer was interviewed by Erin Joy Swank of Central City Opera’s Education & Community Engagement staff. Our audiences are familiar with you in musical theatre roles, portraying Elsa in last year’s The […]

What to Listen for in LA TRAVIATA – Act III

John Baril Conductor, La Traviata Today we conclude our three-part blog series on “What to Listen for in La Traviata” with Conductor John Baril. If you’re just joining us, please read the previous posts on Act I and Act II. ACT III The last Act starts with another prelude featuring pronounced sobbing or weeping in […]

What to Listen for in LA TRAVIATA – Act II

John Baril Conductor, La Traviata Today we continue with the second part of our Opera Insider article on “What to Listen for in La Traviata“, courtesy of conductor John Baril. If you’re just joining us, read our blog post regarding Act I. ACT II Alfredo’s aria in Act II is usually performed with the strings playing […]

What to Listen for in LA TRAVIATA – Act I

John Baril Conductor, La Traviata For our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide), we asked John Baril, Central City Opera’s Music Director and Conductor for La Traviata, to write about some of the musical themes and devices Giuseppe Verdi employed in this opera and what to listen for.  Here are his thoughts: ACT I La […]

Props for the 2015 Festival

Props Master Ellie Engstrom carves the back of a Chaise. The Central City Opera Properties Department has just finished refurbishing a chaise lounge that will be used in the upcoming production of La Traviata (opening July 11). “It was super fun and definitely one of the most interesting things to do for the show,” said  Ellie […]