Making History Again…

The 2011 Festival is fast approaching its June 25th opening with Bizet’s Carmen. With nearly 150 people working in Central City, including staff members, singers, the production teams along with numerous other contributors, it’s not often that everyone comes to a halt during the frenzied workweek. A much-needed break, of sorts, did come to the […]

Character Spotlight: AMADIGI DI GAULA’s Leading Man and the Countertenor Voice

South African countertenor Christopher Ainslie makes his Central City Opera and North American debut in the title role in Amadigi di Gaula.  Christopher now lives in London and has rapidly established himself as a leading interpreter of Baroque opera and oratorio in Great Britain and Europe. This summer Central City Opera will have the opportunity […]

MUSIC AND MARTINIS Mixes Opera and Opulence

Scintillating décor met delightful dining and musical magnificence at the third-annual Music & Martinis at the Cable Center at the University of Denver last Thursday. The event offered the first glimpse at some of this year’s Apprentice Artists of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, a ten-week intensive program created by Central City Opera’s Artistic […]

Celebrating 78 Years of Sin

The origin of sin is oftentimes traced back to Eve’s time in the Garden of Eden, but on this date (June 7th) in 1933, a new look at sin was introduced at the famed Parisian Théatre des Champs-Elysées with the premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. This satirical opera of seven scenes was […]

AMADIGI DI GAULA Armour from Aurora, Colorado

Back Porch F/X, a local company in Aurora, Colorado, is making the armour for the sorcerer Melissa in our North American premiere of Georg Friedrich Händel’s Amadigi di Gaula. They recently posted some in-process photos on Facebook. Fresh out of the mold – bronze armour for the Central City Opera sculpted by my student intern […]

New Festival, New Look and New Life in Central City

[Editor’s Note: Here’s the first blog post from our new Public Relations Assistant and 2011 Festival Staffer, Jake Sinatra.] Just as the trees begin to bud in Central City, new life abounds thanks to the Central City Opera Guild. The Guild swept over Central City this week for their annual “Planting Day.” All of the […]

Fashion, Fun and Sin with Central City Opera’s Young Professional Events

The following post comes from our Young Professionals (YP) Project Manager, Heather Brecl. It might not even be fair that I have the most fun job ever! The last two nights were incredible as we unleashed our Central City Opera energy at two fantastic happenings in Denver and Boulder. Mondo fashion night: Wednesday night, we […]

Central City Opera On The Road

One of the fun aspects of being a part of the year-round Central City Opera staff is “loading up the opera bus” and presenting our school shows around the state.   The Central City Opera Ensemble recently headed to Leadville, Colorado  where, with the financial sponsorship of the Breckenridge Music Festival, we performed  En Mis Palabras […]

Happy Birthday, Francis Poulenc!

On this date in 1899, composer Francis Poulenc was born in Paris. Through the wonders of YouTube, we are able to observe Poulenc himself, accompanying soprano Denise Duval for a 1959 concert version of the soprano aria from Les Mamelles de Tiresias (The Breasts of Tiresias). As a special treat, Poulenc “sings” at 4:45 into […]

Now Playing at a School Near You: The Great Opera Mix-Up

“For drama that can’t be beat, surprise them with something sweet.” – Lyrics from The Great Opera Mix-Up The auditorium at Cory Elementary School in Denver was filled with laughter and familiar opera melodies this morning with two back-to-back student assemblies by Central City Opera’s Ensemble Artists.  Singers Leslie Remmert-Soich, Erin Hackel and Aaron Pearson […]

Puccini’s Famous Aria “O mio babbino caro”

Gianni Schicchi, which Central City Opera will present in 2011, contains one of the best-known arias of the opera world –  “O mio babbino caro.”  It has been used as the soundtrack for countless films and commercials, and even brought fame to 10-year-old Jackie Evancho on America’s Got Talent. In the film world, you’ll find […]