Project Kicks Off with FREE Round Table Discussion and Live Performance

at CU Boulder Thursday, March 19 

Denver, Colo. (March 13, 2015) —  Central City Opera (CCO) announces The Power of Women (POW!) project. This series of dynamic events exploring the evolving role of women in society includes round table talks, comedy night, a panel discussion of powerful women and live performances, and culminates in the main stage production of Giuseppe Verdi’s popular opera, La Traviata, opening July 11 at the Central City Opera House this summer.

To further explore the themes of the company’s 2015 production of La Traviata through The Power of Women project, CCO has partnered with the CU Women’s Resource Center, Blush & Blu bar, the University of Denver, the City of Glendale, the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Public Television 12 (CPT12), Robert E Loup Jewish Community Center and Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret to present happenings beginning in March and running through July.

CCO’s The Power of Women (POW!) project presents the community with a number of opportunities to engage in discussions about the evolving role of women in society, including those related to the mistress Violetta, the leading lady of La Traviata. Topics related to the role of women include the sex worker industry and what role sex and gender plays in equality; therefore, these events are intended for mature audiences (17+). The events kick off in Boulder and Denver in March and run through CCO’s production in July and August. POW! events include:

MARCH (Women’s Herstory Month)
POW! Round Table: The Evolving Role of Women in Society (17+)
Co-hosted by the CU Women’s Resource Center and Central City Opera
Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30 pm, CU Boulder, Old Main Chapel – FREE
Due to the sensitive nature of the discussion, photography and videography is NOT allowed.
Panelists will explore the role of women in society through the eyes of Violetta, an escort, in Verdi’s La Traviata at a round table. The discussion will focus on what drives the sex worker industry and the role sex plays in equality with CU graduate student Cassandra Gonzalez, CU Associate Professor of Musicology Rebecca MaloyDominatrix Saskia Pavlovia and a former escort. Live opera excerpts will be performed by the Central City Opera Ensemble. FREE and open to the public. The venue for the event, Old Main Chapel, is located at 1600 Pleasant Street, just south of Macky Auditorium on the CU campus in Boulder. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.CentralCityOpera.org/roundtable.  Metered parking can found on Arapahoe street by Macky Auditorium and in lot 308.

Inspiring the Power of Possibility at the 2015 DU Women’s Conference
Friday, March 27, 2015, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm – FREE
Creative entrepreneurship is what started Central City Opera 83 years ago, and today’s artists are embodying that entrepreneurial spirit more than ever. Along with the Central City Opera Ensemble, soprano/piano ensemble Liria Duo will inspire attendees to harness their own creative powers and set life in motion. FREE; registration required online (http://www.du.edu/duwomen/conference/index.html) by March 20 to attend conference. The session is part of the University of Denver’s 20th Annual Women’s Conference, which seeks to connect students, staff, faculty women, and men allies to learn and share in the spirit of unity to advance the success of women at DU. This event will be held in DU’s Sturm Hall, Room 312 at 2000 E. Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80208.

APRIL (Sexual Assault Awareness Month)
POW! Comedy Night at Blush & Blu

Saturday, April 11, 8:00 pm at Blush & Blu Bar on Colfax in downtown Denver – $10 cover
Audience members will laugh the night away at this hip downtown bar with comedienne Debbie Scheer and sexologist Shanna Katz. Attendees are invited to anonymously submit questions about sex that they’ve been dying to know but are afraid to ask. The pre-show includes a short and lively discussion on women’s sexual empowerment along with a preview of La Traviata by the Central City Opera Ensemble. $10 cover at the door. All genders welcome. Blush & Blu is located in downtown Denver’s Capitol Hill at 1526 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets.

Leading Ladies: Creators, Influencers and Changemakers
Friday, May 15, 4:30-6 pm, Robert E Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Denver, Social Hall
Moderated by 7News Investigative Reporter Theresa Marchetta

From courtesan to clergy to Congress, this discussion celebrates the power of women as creators, influencers and changemakers and features powerful women in non-traditional roles. Discuss women’s contributions to society and explore how some of the most unlikely of female heroines have harnessed their own power to influence those around them and the generations that follow. Hear from our panelists including: Applewood United Methodist Church’s Reverend Michele Lee, a mother of three who volunteers at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility mentoring incarcerated women; Emmy award-winning poet, essayist, playwright, filmmaker, and acclaimed author, Susan Griffin; and Professional Engineer Lisa Goodbee, President of Goodbee & Associates, a full-service technical consulting firm specializing in the development and implementation of utility coordination programs for transportation and environmental projects. Moderating the panel is 7News Investigator Theresa Marchetta, a mother of three, two-time Emmy award winner for Best News Anchor, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2010 Woman of Distinction, and a tireless volunteer who has served on numerous boards including the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund and received countless awards for her community involvement including awards from the American Red Cross and the Donor Awareness Council, and the Primo Award, which honors the best in Colorado’s Italian American Community.

FREE and open to the public. The JCC is located at 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246. For the Social Hall, use the south entrance by the Wolf Theatre.

The Power of Women in the Arts
Thursday, June 25 – Location and time TBD
Hosted by Eden Lane, Host/Producer of InFocus on CPT12 in Denver
Learn of the challenges and triumphs of women who work in the arts world, many in traditional male roles, and others who take a production from the page to the stage from Colorado’s leading ladies in the arts. The time and venue for this event is to be announced.

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata
July 11-August 8 at the Central City Opera House

In this romantic story of tragic love, the radiant yet ill mistress Violetta Valery finds true love and abandons her life as a party girl to be with the young nobleman, Alfredo Germont. His father demands that she sacrifice their love and when Alfredo fights to win her back, it just might be too late. Tickets start at $25. www.CentralCityOpera.org/traviata

For more information and updates about The Power of Women events, visit www.CentralCityOpera.org/pow or email vhamlin@centralcityopera.org. Also follow Twitter @ccityopera and Facebook for event information and photos.

Central City Opera 2015 Festival
July 11-August 9, 2015
La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Man of La Mancha, the Tony Award winning musical by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion
The Prodigal Son by Benjamin Britten
Don Quixote and the Duchess by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Central City Opera’s (CCO) 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, and the Tony Award winning musical of a brave knight’s adventures, Man of La Mancha, 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. To engage with CCO’s diverse communities served and with new audiences, these short productions will be performed in creative spaces from historic buildings in Central City to venues in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. The 2015 one-act operas include The Prodigal Son, Britten’s church parable about the return of a wayward son; and Boismortier’s Don Quixote and the Duchess, the story of a practical joke played on a wandering but courageous knight.

Two-pack subscriptions for Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival productions of La Traviata and Man of La Mancha start at just $38 and provide up to a 25% discount on single tickets. Subscribers can also purchase the operas The Prodigal Son and Don Quixote and the Duchess at a discount before they are available to the general public. Single tickets for Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival range from $25 to $102 and will be available on April 15. For more information and to purchase tickets, 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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