Did You Know? Central City Opera’s One Acts

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. Central City Opera’s 2017 mainstage operas, Carmen and Cosí fan tutte, are classics, well-known pieces that are often performed by companies across the world. Alongside these famous works, however, Central City Opera allows you to experience lesser-known one act operas, hidden gems […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 13 – Megan Marino, Despina in COSI FAN TUTTE

Get ready for a long conversation between good friends on this episode of the podcast. Mezzo-soprano Megan Marino and I have known each other for nearly 12 years, and she is our Despina in COSI FAN TUTTE this summer. We get into how she’s a lot like Despina in real life, her journey with classical […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 12 – Michael Mayes, Escamillo in CARMEN

A fan favorite at Central City, baritone Michael Mayes is back this summer as Escamillo in Carmen. On this episode, Mike talks about the difference between singing this kind of a role versus roles he’s done in the past at CCO, and he digs into the psychology of the lead characters. Mike also shares what […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 11 – David Adam Moore, Guglielmo in COSI FAN TUTTE

On this episode of the podcast, meet baritone David Adam Moore who is performing the role of Guglielmo in COSI FAN TUTTE this season. David shares why he loves stepping into the shoes of this “bull in a china shop” –type character, and reflects on how much he learned from his Studio Artist days at […]

Did You Know? Cosí and Controversy

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. Cosí fan tutte, the second mainstage production of Central City Opera’s 2017 season, is the final opera collaboration between composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. At the time of Cosí fan tutte‘s premiere in 1790, Mozart and da […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 10 – Patrick Carfizzi, Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTE

Bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi is our Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte this season. On this episode of the podcast, Patrick dives deep into the psyche of this professor who is more complex than meets the eye. Last seen at Central City Opera in 2013 as Don Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Patrick shares why […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 9 – Hailey Clark, Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE

On this episode of the podcast, meet soprano Hailey Clark, our Fiordiligi in this season’s Cosi fan tutte. Hailey describes Fiordiligi’s personality and shares how she identifies – and doesn’t – with this reserved character. She also discusses the musical challenges and delights of the role, her self-described obsession with podcasts, and how she found […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 8 – John Baril, CCO Music Director & Conductor of COSI FAN TUTTE

On this episode of the podcast, we hear from Central City Opera’s Music Director, John Baril, who is also conducting COSI FAN TUTTE this season. He delves deep into the opera, discussing what makes Mozart’s music stand out for him, how COSI compares with the other Mozart/Da Ponte operas, and the art of singing and […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 7 – Stephen Barlow, Stage Director of COSI FAN TUTTE

The stage director of this summer’s production of COSI FAN TUTTE is Australian Stephen Barlow. On this episode of the podcast, Stephen discusses his concept for this updated production and why he considers Mozart to be the “Shakespeare of opera.” He also tells us how he was inspired to work in theater – has to […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 6 – Adriano Graziani, Don Jose in CARMEN

On this episode of the podcast, meet Carmen’s other half, Don Jose. Welsh tenor Adriano Graziani talks about the mental and physical demands of the role and what he loves about this character. He also shares how he first became interested in opera, the challenges and fun of an international career, and the Welsh connection […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 5 – Jose Maria Condemi, Stage Director of CARMEN

Jose Maria Condemi is the stage director of CARMEN for the 2017 season. On this episode, he shares how hearing a duet from CARMEN when he was a kid in Buenos Aires got him excited about the opera, and how he remembers this childhood memory whenever he works on the show. He also delves into the […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 4: Adam Turner, Principal Conductor of CARMEN

  Former Associate Conductor/Chorusmaster Adam Turner returns to Central City Opera as Principal Conductor of Carmen. On this episode,  Adam talks about how he’s looking forward to his first Carmen as principal conductor after assisting on many other productions. He tells us what he thinks we should listen for and why Carmen is one of those […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 3: Emily Pulley, Carmen in CARMEN

Meet this summer’s “Carmen” on this episode of the podcast. Soprano Emily Pulley shares how she hopes to make her mark on this iconic role and why she thinks audiences keep coming back to this warhorse of an opera. She also reflects on how she got into opera in the first place, the advice she […]

Behind the Scenes with Ronell Oliveri, Wig and Makeup Designer

When audiences see performers on stage, the character’s effortless physical features are the result of hours of planning, preparation and hard work from Central City Opera’s wig and makeup department. We had the opportunity to sit down with Ronell Oliveri, Central City Opera’s resident Wig and Makeup Designer and Supervisor and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on […]

Did You Know? Famous Stars Performed at Central City Opera

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. Since Central City Opera’s opening in 1878, many stars of the stage and screen have performed in the 550 jewel-box theater. Even before the creation of Central City Opera, the theater hosted famous acts such as P.T. Barnum’s circus and […]

Central City Opera is in full bloom – Annual Planting Day June 7

Don’t miss the next Central City Opera Guild Event – An Afternoon at the Opera, July 19, 2017 at 12 pm. Open to the public, tickets on sale now! If you’ve walked by the Central City Opera House in the past three weeks, you’ve probably seen the gorgeous flowers that are brightening the Opera House […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 2: Nancy Parker, Chairperson of the Board

Nancy Parker is the Chairperson of the Central City Opera Board and has been involved with the company for over 30 years. On this episode, she shares her experiences with the company and why it is so important to her that it keeps thriving. Listen to the episode by clicking the PLAY button on the […]

Did You Know? The 1932 Central City Opera House Restoration

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. This summer, the Central City Opera Festival will be celebrating its 85th season of presenting world-class opera in the historic Central City Opera House. The Opera House itself, however, has been around much longer than that. Built in 1878 by […]

Central City Opera Podcast -Season 2, Ep. 1: Pelham “Pat” Pearce, General and Artistic Director

  The first episode of Season 2 of the Central City Opera Podcast features Pelham “Pat” Pearce, our General and Artistic Director. Listen to the episode by clicking the PLAY button on the media player below, or subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Stitcher. Questions? See our post on how to download a podcast. Find a […]