Friday, May 15 at Robert E Loup Jewish Community Center

WHO: Central City Opera (CCO) will host a panel discussion with Colorado’s leading ladies about their role as creators, influencers and changemakers. The event is part of CCO’s The Power of Women (POW!) Project, a series of dynamic events that focuses on the evolving role of women in society inspired by CCO’s 2015 Festival production, La Traviata.

WHAT: The panel features powerful women who work in non-traditional roles. These women will discuss their 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. Panelists include: Co-founder and Editor of Westword, and Editor of the 24/7 westword.com, as well as the bimonthly Chronicle, Westword’s marijuana magazine, Patricia Calhoun, also a regular on the weekly Colorado Public Television roundtable Colorado Inside Out and the former president of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; Emmy award-winning poet, essayist, playwright, filmmaker, and acclaimed author, Susan Griffin; A lifelong United Methodist ordained in 1986, Rev. Dr. Melanie Rosa, District Superintendent of the Mile High Pikes Peak District, overseeing 40 churches in the Denver/Colorado Springs area; 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.

Friday, May 15, 4:30-6:00 pm

WHERE: Robert E Loup Jewish Community Center, Social Hall
The JCC is located at 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246. For the Social Hall, use the south entrance by the Wolf Theatre.
To further explore the themes of the company’s 2015 production of La Traviata through The Power of Women (POW!) 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 Colorado Ballet to present happenings that began in March and run 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 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 kicked off in Boulder and Denver in March and run through CCO’s production in July and August. The events which follow the May Leading Ladies panel are:

The Power of Women in the Arts
Thursday, June 25, 6-8 pm at Colorado Ballet
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.

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
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. Single tickets for Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival are available now and range from $25 to $102. 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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