Central City Opera’s 2016 Summer Festival Features Two One-Act Operas Performed in Smaller Venues in Central City, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver

Central City Opera’s 2016 Summer Festival Features Two One-Act Operas Performed in Smaller Venues in Central City, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver

Mozart’s The Impresario
(July 27 & August 3 in Central City; July 28 in Boulder)

John Musto and Mark Campbell Later the Same Evening
(July 28 in Colorado Springs; July 30 at the Denver Art Museum; August 5 in Central City)

 

Denver, Colo. (July 7, 2016)—Central City Opera complements its two mainstage productions this summer with two one-act operas—Mozart’s The Impresario and John Musto’s Later the Same Evening—performed in smaller venues in Central City and in creative spaces in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver. Both of these shorter operas are performed by members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.

“We introduced the one-act operas last summer as a creative way to add more offerings to our festival and to bring our performances to smaller venues in cities on Colorado’s Front Range,” said Pelham (Pat) Pearce, general and artistic director of Central City Opera. “By choosing to present these more accessible operas in venues outside of the traditional opera house, we have the opportunity to engage new audience members who might not otherwise attend a full-length opera.”

Mozart’s The Impresario is 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, conducted by Aaron Breid, and features members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program and the Central City Opera Orchestra.

Later the Same Evening, by contemporary composer John Musto with libretto by 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, conducted by John Baril, and performed by members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program and the Central City Opera Orchestra.

“We are extremely proud of the work that our young artists do in these one-act operas,” said Pearce. It’s a reflection of the competitive nature of our training program and our commitment to preparing young singers for roles in major opera houses in the U.S. and around the world.”

The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Gottlieb Stephanie
Adaptation: Dwight Bowes and Michael Ehrman

Principal Cast
(in order of vocal appearance)
Madame Tiefgurgle: Danielle Palomares
Betty Braswell: Ashley Fabian
Miss Manley Alice: Anne Light
Placebo Paravotti: Peter Lake
Artemis Overtop: Chad Sonka
Irving D. Geltman: Stephen Clark

Production Credits
Conductor: Aaron Breid
Director: Michael Ehrman
Lighting Designer: Kit Baumer
Wig/Makeup Designer: Liz Printz
Musical Preparation: Eric McEnaney
Stage Manager: Christy Baumeister
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Grace Mahorney

Performances
July 27, August 3, Central City; Williams Stables Theater, noon
July 28, Boulder; Nomad Playhouse, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Later the Same Evening
Composer: John Musto
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Production Credits
Conductor: John Baril
Director: Michael Ehrman
Lighting Designer: David Martin Jacques
Wig/Makeup Designer: Liz Printz
Musical Preparation: John Arida
Stage Manager: Marisa Brink
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Grace Mahorney

Principal Cast
(in order of vocal appearance)
Elaine O’Neill: Regina Ceragioli
Gus O’Neill: Cody Muller
Estelle Oglethorpe: Tatiana Ogan
Ruth Baldwin: Anastasia Malliaras
Ronaldo Cabral: Christopher Kenney
Sheldon Segal: Nathan Ward
Rose Segal: Kaileigh Riess
Thelma Yablonski: Micaëla Aldridge
Jimmy O’Keefe: Michael Anderson
Valentina Scarcella: Anna Whiteway
Joe Harland: Michael Floriano

Performances
July 28, Colorado Springs; Pikes Peak Arts Center, Studio Bee, 7 p.m.
July 30, Denver; Denver Art Museum, 8 p.m.
August 5, Central City; Gilman Studio in the Lanny and Sharon Martin Foundry Rehearsal Center, 7 p.m.

Tickets and Information
Festival show tickets range from $31 to $108, based on availability. Subscribers who purchase both Central City Opera House shows can save up to 25%, 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.

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. Central City Opera also thanks 2016 Festival media sponsors: The Denver Post Community, 5280 Magazine, and 9NEWS.

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