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 […]

Calling All Gleeks! High School Summer Performing Arts Intensive Auditions Coming Up in October!

Do you know a talented teenager who’s a fan of Glee?  A budding musician/singer/dancer/actor/playwright/composer looking for a great summer camp opportunity?  Have we got the program for you! The 2010 Performing Arts Intensive scenes program performance.  Photo by Lucy Gram. For the 8th year, Central City Opera is combining forces with the Colorado Springs Conservatory […]

Education & Community Programs – Something for Everyone

Anyone for a cup of tea? We caught Central City Opera Ensemble Artists Leslie Remmert-Soich and Erin Hackel this week at a brush-up rehearsal for The Great Opera Mix-Up, one of several programs performed for students throughout the year. While the summer festival has closed, Central City Opera continues to operate throughout the year.  The […]

Central City Elks Lodge Clock

While roaming the internet, I came across an interesting tidbit about the Elks Lodge in Central City, CO. Did you notice that the time is “stuck” at eleven o’clock? This wasn’t an accident! A picture of the clock was recently placed on Waymarking.com (displayed below): The description said, “This beautiful Elks Lodge building features a […]

Closing of the 2010 Festival

Well, loyal readers, it looks like it’s that time. The 2010 Central City Opera Festival has officially closed, and all of our artists and designers are leaving Central City in search of new adventures. The Festival Staff remains behind to clean, consolidate information, and just generally wrap things up. It’s been a wonderful festival, and it’ll […]

Signor Deluso

Among my favorite things about this festival are the festival extras; especially Signor Deluso and Face on the Barroom Floor. I love getting the chance to see our Apprentice and Studio Artists show off their operatic chops and, while I haven’t seen Face yet, Signor Deluso is just plain hilarious. Written by Thomas Pasatieri and […]

2010 Summer Performing Arts Intensive

It’s been a whirlwind weekend up here in Central City. Colorado Springs Conservatory partnered with Central City Opera for the seventh Summer Performing Arts Intensive, bringing fourteen talented high school students to Central City for the weekend. The kids had been working for two weeks on a program of scenes and songs and their own […]

A Peek at the Costumes of ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD

“Sara Jean Tosetti’s spectacular costumes…manage to seem both historical and contemporary, with a showy, masquerade-ball sensibility.” – Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post Today we’re sharing with you some of these bright, festive costumes from this year’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld. As Marc Astafan describes the show in his Director’s Notes:“It’s about a married couple […]