Road Trip: Day 4 – Doylestown, PA

  Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce hits the road, making his way from Denver to New York City for annual auditions. Experience his travels as he shares his inspiring insights, beautiful art, stunning performances and infamous friends along the way. DAY 4 “Bucks County Civil War Round Table Museum seemed like a natural […]

Road Trip: Day 3 – Cocktails with Friends

Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce hits the road, making his way from Denver to New York City for annual auditions. Experience his travels as he shares his inspiring insights, beautiful art, stunning performances and infamous friends along the way. DAY 3 “A Jack Russell Terrier and cocktail…the things that brighten the day!  Good […]

Road Trip: Day 3 – Joni Mitchell Kinda Day

Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce hits the road, making his way from Denver to New York City for annual auditions. Experience his travels as he shares his inspiring insights, beautiful art, stunning performances and infamous friends along the way. DAY 3 “View from my hotel window this morning in St. Clairsville, Ohio (metro Wheeling, […]

Road Trip: Day 2 – Pie and Indiana

Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce hits the road, making his way from Denver to New York City for annual auditions. Experience his travels as he shares his inspiring insights, beautiful art, stunning performances and infamous friends along the way. DAY 2 “I learned a new phrase in Illinois…Foot-Hi Pie…which must involve meringue, I reckon!” […]

Road Trip: Day 2 – Jayhawks

Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce hits the road, making his way from Denver to New York City for annual auditions. Experience his travels as he shares his inspiring insights, beautiful art, stunning performances and infamous friends along the way. DAY 2 “After an overnight in Topeka, Kansas, on the road trying to beat […]

Pack the Bags – Road Trip!

Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce hits the road, making his way from Denver to New York City for annual auditions. Experience his travels as he shares his inspiring insights, beautiful art, stunning performances and infamous friends along the way. DAY 1 The road trip begins!  DAY 1 The Eastern Plains of Colorado DAY […]

Q & A with Education and Community Engagement

At CCO, Education and Community Engagement is designed to enrich lives and learning at every age. It consists of touring programs, educator workshops, and community and summer festival events. In 2016, ECE also released a series of podcast episodes which shared intimate access to how the summer festival is produced. Deborah Morrow Director of ECE, […]

The Houses on The Hill: CCO’s Preservation of Colorado History

Did you know that Central City Opera owns more historic properties than any other nonprofit organization in Colorado? With over 30 properties in Central City, including the opera house and Teller House, CCO keeps these houses maintained so that they may be housing for our Principal Artists, Festival Staff, and Young Artists during the Summer […]

Always Through the Changing: Baby Doe’s “Silver Standard” on CCO and American Opera

As we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of The Ballad of Baby Doe in Central City this year, it reminded us of what wonderful and tragic series of events transpired for the real Elizabeth “Baby Doe” McCourt Tabor and her valiant and prideful husband Horace Tabor. In the 1950s, it was composer Douglas Moore and librettist […]

General and Artistic Director Pelham Pearce’s 20th Anniversary Tribute

On November 2, 2016 the Board of Directors of Central City Opera, staff and friends paid tribute to General and Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce at the annual meeting. Thank you Pat for your contributions to Central City Opera over the past 20 years. Here’s to another 20 years of thrilling experiences! General and Artistic […]

Central City Opera Podcast: Week Five – Getting to Know You (Better)

This week’s episodes feature interviews with three of the principal covers performing in the Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee performance of THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE:  Helen Huang, soprano (Baby Doe); Alice Anne Light, mezzo-soprano (Augusta Tabor); and Adam Richardson, baritone (Horace Tabor). You’ll also hear from the romantic leads of our main stage operas, tenor Jonathan Burton (Mario […]

Central City Opera Podcast: Week Four – Shaping the Opera Stars of Tomorrow

This week’s episodes feature interviews with the Director and Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, Michael Ehrman; the Principal Coach/Diction Coach, Michael Baitzer; soprano and Apprentice Artist Ashley Fabian (Kate in THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, Shepherd Child in TOSCA, and Betty Braswell in THE IMPRESARIO); mezzo-soprano and Studio Artist Tatiana Ogan (Meg in […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Week Three: Baby Doe Meets Tosca – Sharing the Stage

This week’s episodes feature interviews with mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer (Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe); bass-baritone Donald Hartmann (Sacristan in Tosca and William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe); mezzo-soprano Sarah Barber (Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe); and Tom Getty, Assistant Conductor and Surtitlist. Listen to the episodes by […]

Read What the Press Has to Say

“Tosca is taut, tight, and thrilling” – Daily Camera “Lean and Mean Tosca“ – Opera Today “Tosca…both well-conceived and blessed with phenomenal voices” – ColoradoDrama “The Ballad of Baby Doe with a hip, canny, multi-faceted new production“ – Opera Today “The Ballad of Baby Doe…stellar Central City Opera production.” – ColoradoDrama  “Baby Doe…still seduces in Central City” – […]