THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE (60th Anniversary Production) by Douglas Moore
TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini
LATER THE SAME EVENING by John Musto and Mark Campbell
THE IMPRESARIO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

ST. MATTHEW PASSION by Johann Sebastian Bach
Semi-staged Production in Partnership with Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder Bach Festival and CU Choruses

Denver, Colo. (July 11, 2015) – “We have been experimenting over the past few seasons with the way we deliver our product,” said Central City Opera (CCO) General Director Pelham (Pat) Pearce. “While we met thousands of new friends through our offerings presented in Denver at the Buell and the Ellie, we determined that the most important thing Central City Opera can provide to our patrons (in addition to a great production) is the truly unique experience we provide in Central City.”

Building on the success of the festival footprint for 2015, Central City Opera will again present all four of its offerings of the 2016 Summer Festival in Central City.

Central City Opera’s (CCO) 2016 Summer Festival, running July 9 to Aug. 7, features four productions with a wide range of offerings from classic operatic repertoire to comic Italian opera and contemporary works. The company’s first two productions of the 2016 Festival, The Ballad of Baby Doe and Tosca, will be performed in the company’s intimate Central City Opera House. The final two shows, one-act operas Later the Same Evening and The Impresario, will be performed in alternate spaces in Central City.

Douglas Moore’s American opera The Ballad of Baby Doe, which had its world premiere at Central City Opera in 1956, kicks off the 2016 Festival with a special 60th anniversary production at the Central City Opera House on July 9 and runs through Aug. 6, 2016. The Ballad of Baby Doe is performed in English and is based on the true story of Colorado historical figures, Horace Tabor, Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor and Augusta Tabor. The story of love, loss and loneliness is set during the mining boom in Leadville, Colorado during the late 1800s. Silver baron Horace Tabor falls for Baby Doe and leaves his wife Augusta.  They enjoy great fortune together but when silver goes bust, the once rich pair end up penniless and alone.

The heart wrenching tale of tragic love, Puccini’s Tosca, is Central City Opera’s second offering of the 2016 Festival.  Also performed in the Central City Opera House, this production opens on July 16 and runs through Aug. 7, 2016. One of the most popular operas in the repertoire, Tosca is set in 1800 Rome. It follows the story of a fiery prima donna, Floria Tosca, who struggles to free her true love, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Tosca will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

“It’s a lullaby to New York, the music is that late night, New York…lamp-shining-in-a-dark street…that kind of atmosphere,” said composer John Musto on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday of the opera Later the Same Evening, which will be the third offering of Central City Opera’s 2016 Festival. One of the two one-acts to be presented next summer, this contemporary opera with a libretto by Mark Campbell had its professional premiere at Glimmerglass Opera in 2011. The opera imagines the lives of the figures in five paintings by American icon Edward Hopper, weaving a narrative that connects them on a single night in New York City in 1932. Later the Same Evening will be performed in English at an alternate venue in Central City.

As its final production for 2016, Central City Opera presents Mozart’s comic one-act opera, The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor). The opera tells the whimsical story of an entrepreneur, Frank. He must put together a company of actors and singers while dealing with their whims, rivalries and demands for exorbitant amounts of money for their services. Through a number of twists and turns, the performers and Frank find a way to reconcile all in the end. The Impresario will be performed in English at an alternate venue in Central City.

Additional performance dates, as well as artistic staff announcements and further casting for the 2016 Summer Festival, are to be announced. Subscription packages for the 2016 Festival will go on sale in the fall of 2015. Visit centralcityopera.org for 2016 information and to sign up for Central City Opera’s Email Club for the latest news and updates.

St. Matthew Passion in Boulder, 2016

Also in 2016, Central City Opera will collaborate with Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Boulder Bach Festival and CU Choruses on a semi-staged production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion to be performed in Boulder on April 23 and 24, 2016. St. Matthew Passion was composed in 1727 and is a setting of sections of St. Matthew’s Gospel, designed as part of Good Friday Vespers for the strict Lutheran stronghold of Leipzig, Germany. “This piece makes an overwhelmingly emotional impact and is infused with drama – it’s positively operatic in sweep and pacing,” said Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Michael Butterman who will be conducting the oratorio. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 303-449-1343 x2 or visit www.BoulderPhil.org.

Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival features four productions performed in Central City and on the road in Colorado from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs. Verdi’s romantic story of tragic love and one of his most popular operas, La Traviata (July 11 to August 8), and the Tony Award-winning musical of a brave knight’s adventures, Man of La Mancha (July 18 to August 9), will be performed in the intimate Central City Opera House. With the final two shows of the 2015 Festival, Central City Opera delivers its mission in a new way through the presentation of two unique one-act operas performed in Central City and on the road, both in English. The Prodigal Son, a one-act by Britten based on the church parable of a wayward son, will be performed in Central City July 29 and August 5; in Colorado Springs July 30. The one-act opera by Boismortier, Don Quixote and the Duchess, includes irony and an elaborate ruse to fool the title character and is performed in Central City July 28 and August 1; August 6 in Ft. Collins.

Single tickets for the 2015 Festival range from $25 to $108 and are subject to change based on availability. Two-pack subscriptions for La Traviata and Man of La Mancha start at $47 and include a savings of up to 25% off of single tickets. Groups of 10 or more also save 25%. For complete information on the entire festival season, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 83rd year in 2015, Central City Opera is the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.


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