Dido and Aeneas: In History and Myth

Dido and Aeneas: In History and Myth

By Margaret Siegrist Dido commands clear literary influence as an early female leader Though its plot and characters are shrouded in legend, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas cuts a clean, relatable narrative that resonates powerfully today. Dido Also known as Elissa, Dido’s...
Rigoletto: All in Good Fun

Rigoletto: All in Good Fun

By Margaret Siegrist It challenges us to confront what makes us avert our eyes and what makes us stare. Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto is a joke gone too far, set to some of the best-known melodies in all of classical music. One of twelve operas written together by...
Carousel: Timeless & Timely

Carousel: Timeless & Timely

By Margaret Siegrist “One of America’s finest theatrical achievements,” Carousel follows the ups, downs, round and rounds of life and love. Premiering on Broadway in 1945, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second collaboration. Hammerstein worried, “We’re such...
The Ballad of Baby Doe

The Ballad of Baby Doe

Excerpt from Theatre of Dreams: The Glorious Central City Opera, 75th Anniversary Book The Ballad of Baby Doe, by composer Douglas Moore and librettist John Latouche, was the first opera commissioned by the Central City Opera House Association. It took CCO President...
A Culture in Snapshot: Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY

A Culture in Snapshot: Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY

BY 2019 DIRECTOR ALISON MORITZ IN 1853, JAPAN’S DOORS WERE OPENED TO THE WEST for the first time in over two centuries, and Western audiences were captivated by their first glimpses of Japanese culture. This booming trend of “orientalism” coincided with another major...
Alessandro Talevi: Double Bill Director

Alessandro Talevi: Double Bill Director

BACK FOR HIS FIFTH PRODUCTION AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA, Alessandro Talevi brings his distinct visual style to the double bill of The Blessed Damozel and Litanies to the Black Virgin. The Johannesburg native has had an eventful year since directing The Magic Flute at...