Michael Baitzer Appointed Director of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program

Central City Opera is thrilled to announce that Michael Baitzer, our Principal Coach of seven years, will join us as the Director of the acclaimed Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program for the 2019 Festival.   Baitzer has been a fixture of the Central City Opera (CCO) music staff since 1999, and he has overseen the […]

Celebrate the Holidays in Style!

Central City Opera Guild Announces the 2018 L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour The L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour takes you inside Denver’s historic Belcaro and Bonnie Brae neighborhoods to experience iconic architecture, incredible decor and ample holiday cheer! Six magnificent featured homes will be beautifully decorated for the holidays by the metro area’s […]

A Eulogy: Kim Peoria, A Multi-talented Musician and Unionist

By Nathan Kahn, ROPA President Emeritus and Retired AFM Negotiator With sincere thanks to contributors Ingrid Peoria, Tom Reel, Jill Dispenza and Peter Cooper Kim Peoria, ROPA Vice-President from 1988 to 1992, passed away on July 3, 2018 after a protracted battle with cancer. He left behind his wife Ingrid, a member of the Central […]

Characters of IL TROVATORE with Alex Loutsion

Before the season started, Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement department (ECE) asked leading soprano Alexandra Loutsion, (Leonora in Il trovatore) to explain the characters and plot of Il trovatore from an inside perspective. ECE: “So, you’re singing Il trovatore this summer! I’ve heard it’s a crazy story! Can you tell me about the […]

DRAMATIC “TROVATORE,” STRIKINGLY ORIGINAL “MAGIC FLUTE” IN CENTRAL CITY. Review By Peter Alexander

Central City Opera opened a powerful, dramatic production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore  Saturday (July 14) in their intimate and historic opera house. Intimate is not just a descriptor; it is a significant reason for the production’s impact. With it’s rousing choruses, virtuoso arias, violent passions and gruesome deaths, Il Trovatore meets all the expectations of grand opera, fit for […]

GRAB YOUR OSTRICH AND GO: ALESSANDRO TALEVI’S FLUTE IS PURE MAGIC, Review by Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal

  THE ITINERANT MELOMANE GRAB YOUR OSTRICH AND GO: ALESSANDRO TALEVI’S FLUTE IS PURE MAGIC Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal   This review is based on two performances, on July 11 and 21. The Magic Flute is an opera outside of time and space.  It is a fantasy which is set in no specific era and no specific place, […]

CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S IMAGINATIVE “THE MAGIC FLUTE” STIMULATES MIND AND HEART. Review By Kelly Dean Hansen

  CENTRAL CITY’S OPERA’S IMAGINATIVE “THE MAGIC FLUTE” STIMULATES MIND AND HEART By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Central City Opera’s production of “The Magic Flute,” in repertory through August 5, is ambitious, imaginative and bold.  For those who know and revere Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece, it is also potentially […]

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA. Review by Kelly Dean Hansen

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Music Director John Baril has seen his share of milestones in the pit at Central City Opera, but this summer’s “Il trovatore”—which just played its second performance and runs through August 3—represents a new height for him […]

Central City Opera Podcast Season 3

Listen now: ccopodcast.libsyn.com The Central City Opera Podcast introduces you to the movers and shakers of the Central City Opera Festival. Episodes feature interviews with principal artists, directors, conductors, production staff, and other special guests. Now in its third season, you can listen to new and old episodes here: ccopodcast.libsyn.com. You can also listen through iTunes, […]

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 […]