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...
Setting the Stage for BILLY BUDD

Setting the Stage for BILLY BUDD

BASED ON HERMAN MELVILLE’S NOVELLA, Billy Budd is a play in contrasts. Britten’s opera explores the duality of morals and law while pitting the expanse of the sea against the claustrophobia of the small society onboard a 1797 British warship. With the Napoleonic Wars...
Alison Moritz: MADAMA BUTTERFLY Director

Alison Moritz: MADAMA BUTTERFLY Director

ALISON MORITZ UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTIVATING YOUNG TALENT. After being mesmerized by the opera at age nine in her hometown of St. Louis, Alison knew that the performing arts were where she belonged, but it wasn’t until her 20s that she felt the pull to...
Ken Cazan: BILLY BUDD Director

Ken Cazan: BILLY BUDD Director

Ken Cazan has been an integral force in Central City Opera’s project to mount every work by 20th century composer Benjamin Britten. After directing this summer’s production of Billy Budd, there will be only two works by the prolific British composer that Ken has not...