Central City Opera’s 2016 Summer Festival Offers a Variety of Performances,
Events, and Activities—July 9 through August 7
The Ballad of Baby Doe (60th Anniversary) and Tosca Performed at Central City Opera House;
The Impresario and Later the Same Evening Performed in Central City and Creative Venues in Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs
Denver, Colo. (June 1, 2016)—Central City Opera’s 2016 Summer Festival, which runs from July 9 through August 7, offers a variety of performances, events, and activities for opera aficionados, newcomers, and tourists alike. Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe and Puccini’s Tosca are the company’s two main-stage productions, performed in the historic and intimate Central City Opera House. Mozart’s The Impresario and John Musto and Mark Campbell’s Later the Same Evening are the featured one-act operas, performed in smaller venues in Central City and creative spaces in Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs. These productions are complemented by pre-performance lectures, opera scenes and solo performances, and post-performance socials with the artists. There are opera buses available from Denver or Lakewood to Central City and a family matinee performance of The Ballad of Baby Doe.
The Ballad of Baby Doe, 60th Anniversary (Douglas Moore/John Latouche)
The 2016 Festival opens with Douglas Moore’s classic American opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe, which held its world premiere at Central City Opera in 1956. Based on Colorado’s historical figures, Horace Tabor, Elizabeth (Baby Doe) Tabor, and Augusta Tabor, the opera tells the story of love, loss, and loneliness during the mining boom in Leadville, Colorado, in the late 1800s. CCO’s most recent production of The Ballad of Baby Doe was staged in 2006 to commemorate the opera’s 50th anniversary. This new production, directed by Ken Cazan, features Anna Christy as Mrs. Elizabeth (Baby) Doe, Grant Youngblood as Horace Tabor, Susanne Mentzer as Augusta Tabor, Donald Hartmann as William Jennings Bryan, and Sarah Barber as Mama McCourt. Timothy Myers conducts. The Ballad of Baby Doe, written and sung in English, has evening performances on July 9, July 29; August 2 and August 6, at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are on July 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27, 31, and August 4, at 2:30 p.m.
Tosca (Giacomo Puccini/Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica)
The second main-stage production at the Central City Opera House is Puccini’s powerful thriller Tosca, set in 1800 Rome during the Napoleonic Wars. Tosca tells the story of the jealous and conflicted diva, Floria Tosca, who struggles to free her lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, from the clutches of the cruel and wicked police chief Baron Scarpia. With some of the most gorgeous and memorable Puccini arias, this new production of Tosca is directed by Joachim Schamberger and features Alexandra Loutsion, as Floria Tosca, Jonathan Burton as Mario Cavaradossi, Michael Mayes as Baron Scarpia, and Donald Hartmann as the Sacristan. John Baril, CCO’s music director, conducts. Tosca, last produced by CCO in 1998, is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Evening performances are on July 16 and July 22, at
8 p.m. Matinee performances are on July 20, 24, 26, and 30; August 3, 5, and 7, at 2:30 p.m.
The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Gottlieb Stephanie)
Furthering its commitment to present shorter and more accessible operas in venues outside the traditional opera house, CCO presents Mozart’s The Impresario, a whimsical comedy about a general manager of an opera company and two rivaling divas as they scheme and squabble their way to opening night. This one-act opera, written in German and performed in English, is set in 1948 New York City. The opera is directed by Michael Ehrman and features members of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program. Aaron Breid conducts. The Impresario will be performed in Central City on July 27 and August 3, at the Williams Stables Theater, at noon and in Boulder on July 28, at The Nomad Playhouse, at 6 p.m. and
Later the Same Evening (John Musto/Mark Campbell)
Later the Same Evening, by contemporary composer John Musto and librettist Mark Campbell, imagines the lives of the figures in five Edward Hopper paintings and connects them as characters—both directly and tangentially—on one evening in New York City in 1932. This one-act opera, written and sung in English, is directed by Michael Ehrman and performed by members of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program. John Baril conducts. Later the Same Evening will be performed in Colorado Springs on July 28, at the Pikes Peak Arts Center, Studio Bee, at 7 p.m.; the Denver Art Museum on July 30, at 8 p.m.; and in Central City on August 5, at the Gilman Studio in the Lanny and Sharon Martin Foundry Rehearsal Center, at 7 p.m.
2016 Summer Festival Ticket Information, Additional Performances, and Events
Tickets and Information
Festival single-show tickets range from $31 and to $108, based on availability. Subscribers who purchase both Central City Opera House shows can save up to 25% on additional show tickets, along with additional and more exclusive opportunities. One-act opera tickets start at $34 ($31 for subscribers), and group discounts are available for ten or more people. All prices are subject to change, based on availability. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call the box office, 303-292-6700, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Opera Notes (45 minutes before shows in the Central City Opera House)
Pre-performance talks, 45 minutes before main-stage performances, are held across the street from the opera house at the Williams Stables Theater.
Birthday Party for Baby (Opening Night, July 9, 5:30 p.m.)
Join us on opening night for a special 60th anniversary celebration of The Ballad of Baby Doe. A fundraiser for Central City Opera, the evening includes special guests of honor, cocktails, and dinner at the historic Teller House in Central City. Tickets are $85. Opera tickets are sold separately.
Watch the stars of tomorrow perform a collection of staged opera scenes from some of the world’s most popular operas. These 30-minute performances, starting at 1:15 p.m., are held at the Williams Stables Theater, across the street from the opera house, and feature members of CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. Tickets are $15 ($10 for subscribers).
(July 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 30, and 31; August 4 and 5)
Lunch and a Song
Enjoy a 30-minute performance by artists from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Training Program while having lunch prepared by Kevin Taylor’s Face Bar restaurant in the Teller House. Starting at 11:45 a.m., this lunchtime event is an easy add-on to a matinee performance. Tickets are $30. (July 13, 17, 20, 23, 24, 30, and 31)
Post-Op (Formerly Après-Opera) (July 22 and 29; August 6)
Following select weekend evening performances, join the company’s talented artists for cocktails and impromptu performances at the Teller House. Free admission.
Boomer Bus Includes Transportation, Lunch, and Exclusive Opera Information
(July 19 and July 23, The Ballad of Baby Doe; July 26, Tosca)
This special-event package includes a glass of champagne, exclusive insider experiences, a boxed lunch in the gardens, and a Short Works performance. Patrons board the bus in Denver at 10:00 a.m. at Sports Authority in Glendale and 10:30 a.m. at Simms Steakhouse off of 6th Ave.
The return bus ride to Denver includes a question-answer session with a member of CCO’s Education and Community Engagement team. Tickets are $35. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/visit/opera-bus for additional information.
Opera Bus Provides Transportation from Denver (July 13, 17, 20, and 24)
Roundtrip bus rides to Central City to attend operas, activities, and other events are $20 and leave Denver at 10:00 a.m. from Sports Authority in Glendale and 10:30 a.m. from Simms Steakhouse off of 6th Ave. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/visit/opera-bus for additional information.
Afternoon at the Opera Includes Lunch and a Closer Look at The Ballad of Baby Doe,
(July 19, 11:15 a.m.)
Presented by the Central City Opera Guild, this unique experience includes a special lunch with an in-depth presentation about the opera, its historical setting, and furnishings once owned by Baby Doe and Horace Tabor. Catered lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Teller House. Tickets for this afternoon event are $30. For all details, visit www.centralcityopera.org/event/afternoon-at-the-opera.
Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee, The Ballad of Baby Doe (August 2 at 2:30 p.m.)
This special family matinee performance of The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Central City Opera House provides a great introduction for kids, families, and adults looking for an educational approach to the opera experience. The matinee performance includes a narrator’s preview and an autograph session with the singers following the performance. Tickets are $20. Prices are subject to change, based on availability.
About Central City Opera
Celebrating its 84th year, Central City Opera is the second oldest professional opera festival in the country, 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 engagement programs and to preserve and maintain the Central City Opera House, and 30 other Victorian-era properties.
Summer Festival Sponsors
Central City Opera expresses its sincere gratitude to 2016 Festival sponsors: Citizens of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, Avenir Foundation, Inc., Central City Opera House Association Endowment Fund and Lanny and Sharon Martin. CCO also thanks 2016 Festival media sponsors: The Denver Post Community, 5280 Magazine, and 9NEWS.