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 […]

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 […]