Opera News Review: Così fan tutte

Megan Marino (Despina) and Tamara Gura (Dorabella) in Central City Opera’s production of Così fan tutte Photography by Amanda Tipton Così fan tutte CENTRAL CITY, CO Central City Opera 7/19/17 GIVEN THE SMALL DIMENSIONS of its Opera House stage (not to mention the 550-seat capacity auditorium), Central City Opera made a logical choice in mounting […]

Opera News Review: Carmen

Carmen CENTRAL CITY, CO Central City Opera 7/12/17 CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S past few seasons, which experimented with a sprinkle of performances away from its home theater, evidently brought mixed results for the company. This summer’s schedule listed no run-out visits to far-off Denver or Colorado Springs. Instead, operagoers had to travel the forty winding miles […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 25 – Lisa Zetah, Director of Marketing and Opera Neophyte

On this final episode of Season Two of the podcast, meet Director of Marketing Lisa Zetah. Brand-new to opera, Lisa shares some exciting plans for the company and gives her reactions to seeing her first summer festival, as well as how she’s not the only one to have “drunk the Central City Opera Koolaid” in […]

Did You Know? The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. Every summer, young singers from across the country, and often across the world, to sing at the Central City Opera Festival in the heart of Colorado. These are the members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, a summer-long young […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 24 – Rachel Ginzberg & Erin Thompson-Janszen, Stage Managers

                    Want to know who the real Wizards behind the Curtains are? Stage managers Rachel Ginzberg and Erin Thompson-Janzsen are the nerve centers for COSI FAN TUTTE and CARMEN this season. On this episode, they’ll give you the run-down on what they’re doing right before curtain […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 23 – Kim Peoria, Bassoonist, Orchestra Manager, and MORE

One of the hardest working people in our orchestra, bassoonist Kim Peoria is also the Orchestra Manager, Music Librarian, and Assistant to the Music Director. A part of Central City Opera for 26 years, Kim takes us behind the scenes and into the pit in this episode, sharing details such as how loud it gets […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 22 – Andrew D. Edwards, Set & Costume Designer for COSI FAN TUTTE

On this episode of the podcast, meet the set and costume designer for COSI FAN TUTTE, Andrew D. Edwards. He discusses why he and director Stephen Barlow chose to set this opera around the year 1900 at a university, as well as how he designs for the opera stage and singers, what a costume fitting […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 21 – David Martin Jacques, Lighting Designer

David Jacques is the longtime lighting designer at Central City Opera. I interviewed him over Skype back in April about what exactly a lighting designer DOES, and David explains how music and light go hand-in-hand. [insert soundbite here?] We also talk about how the people at CCO are like family to him and why those […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 20 – Gina Perregrino and John Kun Park, Apprentice Artists

                  The Apprentice and Studio Artists of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program at Central City Opera are some of the most talented up-and-coming singers in the country. In addition to performing in the chorus, opera scenes, and one-act operas, many are also covering principal roles. On this […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 19 – Bille Bruley, Nebuchadnezzar in THE BURNING FIERY FURNACE

If you saw The Prodigal Son in 2015 at Central City Opera, you’ll recognize this summer’s Nebuchadnezzar in The Burning Fiery Furnace – tenor Bille Bruley. A highly talented Britten interpreter, Bille shares how he is putting this updated production concept into a context that works for him, and describes this flawed King and his journey to […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 18 – Alison Moritz, Stage Director of GALLANTRY and CABILDO

On this episode of the podcast, meet the stage director of the one-acts Gallantry and Cabildo. Alison Moritz is back this season after assistant directing Tosca last summer, and she talks about her concepts for both these pieces. She also shares how she got into directing and what she’s dying to direct next, and why […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 17 – Ken Cazan, Stage Director of THE BURNING FIERY FURNACE

The stage director of The Burning Fiery Furnace is Ken Cazan, who has directed at Central City Opera for 16 seasons. This one-act opera by Benjamin Britten is a timeless tale from the Bible, and Ken walks us through the storyline and background of the piece, as well as his friendship with the opera’s original […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season Two, Ep. 16 – Matthew Plenk, Ferrando in COSI FAN TUTTE

You’ll finally get to meet tenor Matthew Plenk on this episode of the podcast. He’s playing the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte this season. We talk about his favorite aspects of Ferrando’s character and music, his experiences at the Metropolitan Opera during the National Council Auditions and the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, […]

Did You Know? Opera Performance Practice

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. Opera is an art form with a long and storied past, dating back to the beginning of the seventeenth century. Over the years, various traditions have established themselves on the opera stage, along with performance practice procedures that are still […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 15 – Angela Mortellaro, Micaela in Carmen

On this episode of the podcast, get to know soprano Angela Mortellaro, who is performing the role of Micaela in Carmen this season. She shares her thoughts on the symbolism of Micaela in the opera, how she loves the rehearsal process of any show she’s in, prepping for a new role and a new company, […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 14 – Tamara Gura, Dorabella in COSI FAN TUTTE

On this episode of the podcast, meet mezzo soprano Tamara Gura who is performing the role of Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte this season. Tamara talks about living and working in Europe, the magic of Mozart’s music, how the experience of losing her father 10 years ago has made her into a more honest and […]