CENTRAL CITY OPERA PRESENTS LEADING LADIES: CREATORS, INFLUENCERS AND CHANGEMAKERS

Central City Opera

Contact

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108;
vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 105;
hbrecl@centralcityopera.org

THIS DYNAMIC PANEL DISCUSSION IS PART OF THE POWER OF WOMEN (POW!) PROJECT,
INSPIRED BY CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S LA TRAVIATA

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.


WHEN:
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.
THE POWER OF WOMEN (POW!) PROJECT
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:

JUNE 
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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OPERA AND MODERN DANCE GET “INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA”  IN THE WINTER TINY TOTS SERIES

Tiny Tots Logo Winter 2015

Contact

Shelby Mattingly
Executive Director, Inside the Orchestra
303-355-7855
shelby@insidetheorchestra.org

Valerie Hamlin
Director of Marketing, Central City Opera
303-292-6700 x118
vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

LaRana J. Skalicky
Associate Executive Director
303-825-4847
larana@kimrobardsdance.org

OPERA AND MODERN DANCE GET “INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA” 
IN THE WINTER TINY TOTS SERIES
FEBRUARY 4 THROUGH FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Tiny Tots: Interactive Orchestra Programs for All to Enjoy

 Denver, Colo (January 13, 2015) – This February, Inside the Orchestra (ISO) will be partnering for the first time with Kim Robards Dance Company and continuing their longstanding partnership with Central City Opera in the Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestraprogram.  The concerts will take place February 4th through February 23rd at venues throughout the Denver metro area, ranging from The Wildlife Experience in Parker (museum admission is included in the price of the Tiny Tots ticket) to the famed Boettcher Concert Hall, where children get the rare opportunity to sit surrounded by the live professional orchestra on the Boettcher stage. (Find a complete list of performances below and at www.insidetheorchestra.org). Tickets for the show are only $9.95/person, though discounted and complimentary admissions for those in need are offered – no one is turned away.  Go to www.insidetheorchestra.org/tiny-tots-events/ for more information and to register and purchase tickets.
A 45-minute performance, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra engages, entertains and educates children six and under and their families (all ages are welcome). Audiences experience what it is like to be truly inside the orchestra as they are seated on the floor and surrounded by a 30-piece professional orchestra. Kids can interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. The collaborative performance with orchestra, opera singers from Central City Opera and dancers from Kim Robards Dance creates a one-stop cultural experience.

ISO has been engaging children with their Tiny Tots programs for over 28 years constantly providing new program offerings. In 2015, audiences will be treated to:

  • Featured dancers from Kim Robards Dance
  • New musical selections combined with old favorites – come in the winter and spring and enjoy new programming each visit
  • Tiny Tots Tour Packs: buy a 5-pack or a 10-pack of tickets to be used in any increment you like, for any show(s) you like, for the full 2014-2015 series

Inside the Orchestra
Inside the Orchestra is a local nonprofit organization that brings orchestra music to young children in the greater Denver metropolitan community, cultivating music appreciation and enhancing their education through engaging first-hand experiences. Each year, ISO brings orchestra music to over 20,000 children and caregivers throughout Colorado through two key programs – Inside the Orchestra for Schools, and Tiny Tots. The Inside the Orchestra for Schools program is an interactive 50-minute program geared toward students in K-8th grade, wherein a 14-15 piece orchestra performs in-school assemblies. Students sit surrounded by the professional orchestra, as the conductor faces the audience and engages them throughout the performance, asking questions and teaching them about the music as it is playing around them. The audience is treated to up-close-and-personal demos by the strings, woodwinds, horns and percussion. Scripting is designed to not only introduce music concepts, but to tie to curriculum that children are studying in other subjects. In-classroom follow-up by the conductor and supplementary lesson plans are provided as well.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra – Upcoming Dates
Tiny Tots – Wednesday, February 4th, 2015: 9:30 and 10:45 AM, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Tiny Tots – Monday, February 9th, 2015: 9:30 and 10:45 AM, The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S Peoria Street, Parker, CO 80134
Tiny Tots – Tuesday, February 10th, 2015: 9:30 and 10:45 AM, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Tiny Tots – Wednesday, February 18th, 2015: 9:30 and 10:45 AM, Mile Hi Church, 9077 West Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80226
Tiny Tots – Saturday, February 21st, 2015: 9:30 and 10:45 AM, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Denver, CO 80202
Tiny Tots – Monday, February 23rd, 2015: 9:30 and 10:45 AM, Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Central City Opera
Celebrating its 82nd year, 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.

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 Leigh, Darion & Wasserman
The Prodigal Son by Benjamin Britten
The Blind by Lera Auerbach
Don Quixote and the Duchess by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival features five productions performed and delivered in non-traditional ways. Verdi’s opera about the love and loss of a tuberculosis-stricken mistress, 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. The final three shows are one-act operas with performances in alternate spaces from historic buildings in Central City to diverse venues throughout Colorado including locations in Aspen, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder. The 2015 one-act operas include The Prodigal Son, Britten’s church parable about the return of a wayward son; The Blind, an operatic feast for the senses about a group of blind people who have lost their way; and Don Quixote and the Duchess, the story of a practical joke played on a 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 also save $10 when they purchase the One Act three-pack which includes The BlindThe Prodigal Son and Don Quixote and the Duchess.  Single tickets for Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival will be available this spring. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.CentralCityOpera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Kim Robards Dance
Now in its 28th season, Kim Robards Dance (KRD) is a professional modern dance touring company based in the Aurora Cultural Arts District, which provides artistic and educational dance programming statewide, nationally and internationally. KRD features the original choreography of critically acclaimed Artistic Director Kim Robards. KRD has received the State’s highest awards for artistic excellence and outstanding educational programming for K-12. In addition to the professional dance company, KRD also operates The Academy of KRD offering dance training for ages 3-18 and adult beginners through professionals; and operates The KRD Venue which includes studio and performance space.

For more information about all events, please visit www.insidetheorchestra.org or contact Shelby Mattingly, ISO Executive Director at Shelby@insidetheorchestra.org or 303-355-7855. Offices for Inside the Orchestra are located at 1165 Delaware St, Suite 204, Denver, CO 80204.

 

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA PRESENTS GIAN CARLO MENOTTI’S HOLIDAY CLASSIC FOR AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES: AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS DECEMBER 4 TO 6 IN HIGHLANDS RANCH

Central City Opera

Contact

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108;
vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 105;
hbrecl@centralcityopera.org

A TUNEFUL ONE-ACT OPERA ABOUT A MAGIC STAR, A SHEPHERD BOY, AND HOW UNSELFISH LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS CAN WORK MIRACLES

Denver, Colo. (November 5, 2014) – Central City Opera (CCO) partners with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch to present Gian Carlo Menotti’s enduring holiday opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, December 4, 5 and 6. The production will be performed in English with a live professional orchestra at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (UMC) in Highlands Ranch with an approximate running time of one hour. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at www.CentralCityOpera.org/amahl, by calling the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700 or in person at Central City Opera, 400 S Colorado Blvd, Suite 525, 80246. Central City Opera subscribers receive a 20% discount.

“While a good deal of our output is concentrated in the summer months, we wanted to provide the community with our brand of storytelling during the Holiday season. We are very excited to collaborate on this new staging of Menotti’s touching tale with Jim Ramsey and Kent Thompson in Highlands Ranch,” says Central City Opera General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is an enduring hit that has been popular since its premier in 1951. This family-friendly opera has enjoyed thousands of performances and has been touted as an opera that remains meaningful because it’s both concisely written and has touches of whimsy with a message for the season that reaches home for the audience.

Commissioned by NBC as the first opera written for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors debuted on December 24, 1951 becoming the first network television Christmas special to become an annual tradition. Menotti drew inspiration for the opera from Hieronymus Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi, which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from his childhood in Italy where gifts were brought at Christmas by the Three Kings instead of Santa Claus.

Set near Bethlehem just after the birth of Christ, Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of Amahl, a poor shepherd boy who, despite a disability, is normal and inquisitive and is known (to his mother, at least) as a teller of tall tales.  His most recent story is about a star with a tail that moves across the sky like a chariot on fire.  When three splendid strangers knock on the door and ask to rest in their tiny home, Amahl is thrilled and fascinated by everything about them.  When the visitors describe the miraculous child they are seeking, both Amahl and his mother are moved to give reverence to the child as well. Their humble faith conjures a miracle.

Amahl and the Night Visitors Production Team and Performing Artists
Currently the Producing Artistic Director of the Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC), Kent Thompson will debut with Central City Opera as Director of Amahl and the Night Visitors. With the DCTC, he has directed productions of Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plainsong, Eventide, Amadeus, The Liar and Measure for Measure, among others. Two of Kent’s major accomplishments since moving to Denver have been the establishment of the Colorado New Play Summit, a premier national festival for new American plays, and the Women’s Voices Fund, an endowment that supports the development of new plays by women. Prior to moving to Denver, he was the producing artistic director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 years. In 1991, Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project (SWP), designed to commission and develop new plays, that presented 16 world premieres during his tenure.

The Director of Music and Arts at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, James Ramsey will fulfill the role of Music Director for this production. Mr. Ramsey’s credits include Music Director of the Littleton Chorale, Chorus Master for the Colorado Music Festival and Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. James has led tour performances across Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic, and France. He holds degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and the Eastman School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

John Healy, treble, returns to Central City Opera in the role of Amahl after appearing as Miles in the acclaimed 2012 production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Now a freshman at Denver School of the Arts, John sang with the Colorado Children’s Chorale from 2008-2014; his final two years were in the National Tour Choir.  He recently performed the role of Young Harvey in I am Harvey Milk with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus.

Mezzo-soprano Valerie Nicolosi performs the role of Amahl’s mother. One of Central City Opera’s Ensemble Artists, Ms. Nicolosi not only performs year-round with CCO, but also has performed many other leading operatic roles, concert works and recitals across the country. She debuted on the American operatic stage in the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Opera Providence. She performs a variety of beloved mezzo characters from the favorite pants roles of Cherubino, Orlovskky and Hansel, to the heart-stopping Rossini Heroines like Rosina and Cenerentola. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Knoxville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Hartford Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Boston Ballet and many others. In 2008 she released her first CD recording, The Rosary in Song, based on her popular recital by the same name.

Following his CCO debut performing the role of Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking this past summer, tenor Jason Baldwin will take the stage in the role of King Kaspar. Previously, Mr. Baldwin has performed the roles of Don José in Carmen with both the Utah Festival Opera and Opera Theatre of the Rockies; Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette and Ernesto in Don Pasquale with the Utah Opera; Spoletta in Tosca, Pang in Turandot, Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd with Opera Colorado, and more. Most recently, Mr. Baldwin returned to Utah Opera to sing Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas, Loveland Opera Theatre as Rodolfo in La bohème and a concert with the Longmont Symphony. Mr. Baldwin is also an Ensemble and Teaching Artist for Central City Opera.

Baritone Thomas Kittle joins the cast as King Melchior. Previous roles include Schaunard in La bohéme, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Valentin in Faust, Escamillo in Carmen, Peter, the father, in Hänsel und Gretel, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Major-General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance, and Curly in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!. Most recently, he performed the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Tom was awarded first place in the 2013 Denver Lyric Opera Guild (DLOG)’s annual vocal competition and received the Young Artist Encouragement award at the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Tom also directs with Denver-based Catchpenny Kids Theater.

Bass-baritone Antoine Hodge returns to a favorite in his repertoire as King Balthazar in Central City Opera’s Amahl and the Night Visitors following his performance in the same role for Opera Fort Collins. Recent performances included the regional premiere of Liza Lehmann’s In A Persian Garden, his debut with the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and his debut with the Greeley Philharmonic as bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. Past roles include Colline in Puccini’s La bohème, Mr. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mr. Gobineau in The Medium, Yundt in Curtis Bryant’sThe Anarchists, Don Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as a host of comprimario roles on professional stages in Colorado and Georgia, including Opera Colorado, Opera Fort Collins, Atlanta Opera, and others. This year, Antoine will make another debut as bass soloist in Gerald Finzi’s In terra pax with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (SLUMC) and the SLUMC Performing Arts Academy will be performing as the chorus.

Discover Amahl and the Night Visitors – November 13 in Highlands Ranch
Join Central City Opera and discover the family-friendly opera Amahl and the Night Visitors through song and craft on Thursday, November 13 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm during Kids Zone at the James H. LaRue Highlands Ranch Library located 9292 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129. A Central City Opera Ensemble Artist will perform as one of the Three Kings singing about his treasure followed by a special themed craft in which children can create a treasure of their own! This event is free and open to kids in grades 2-6. No registration required. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/discoveramahl.

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

Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival features five productions performed and delivered in non-traditional ways. Verdi’s opera about the love and loss of a tuberculosis-stricken mistress, 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. The final three shows are one-act operas with performances in alternate spaces from historic buildings in Central City to diverse venues throughout Colorado including locations in Aspen, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder. The 2015 one-act operas include The Prodigal Son, Britten’s church parable about the return of a wayward son; The Blind, an operatic feast for the senses about a group of blind people who have lost their way; and Don Quixote and the Duchess, the story of a practical joke played on a 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 also save $10 when they purchase the One Act three-pack which includes The Blind, The Prodigal Son and Don Quixote and the Duchess.  Single tickets for Central City Opera’s 2015 Festival will be available this spring. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.CentralCityOpera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 82nd year, 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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Amahl and the Night Visitors Cast List
Amahl – John Healy
Mother – Valerie Nicolosi
King Kaspar – Jason Baldwin
King Melchior – Thomas Kittle
King Balthazar – Antoine Hodge
Page (TBD)
Director – Kent Thompson
Music Director – James Ramsey
Chorus – members of St. Luke’s UMC choir and Performing Arts Academy

CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND THE COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS AND SYRACUSE POPS CHORUS PRESENT A WORLD PREMIERE: HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

Central City Opera

Contact

Madeleine Mellini, Marketing Director
The Colorado Springs Conservatory
719.577.4556
mmellini@csconservatory.org

Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303.909.5716
kelly@citruspr.com

Colorado Springs/Denver, CO (July 10, 2014) – Central City Opera, The Colorado Springs Conservatory, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Syracuse Pops Chorus, have joined in a unique partnership to present the world premiere of a new music-theatre piece, How Green Was My Valley, this August in Colorado Springs.

Mining brings unwelcome changes to a small community in Wales – both to their lives and to their once beloved green valley. Main character Huw Morgan finds his own way as he grows into manhood amidst family crisis.

Based on the 1939 award-winning novel by Richard Llewellyn (which subsequently inspired John Ford’s Academy Award-winning film), this story of Welsh miners at the turn of the 20th century is brought to life with music by composer Roger Ames and book/lyrics by Elizabeth Bassine. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, August 15 at  8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.

General Admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and active military. Tickets are on sale now at csconservatory.org, centralcityopera.org, and chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.  Phone reservations can be made at 719.577.4556.

“We wish to emphasize the depth of our performing arts culture as we proudly welcome the production of How Green Was My Valley right here in our own magnificent Pikes Peak region,” comments Amy Lathen, Vice Chair – El Paso County Commissioners, District 2.  “We are honored to be recognized by world class performers and producers for the quality of our resources, and we are excited to share this new opportunity with our community and region,”
she concludes.

The semi-staged production will showcase singer-actors from Central City Opera and The Colorado Springs Conservatory, along with key performers from the New York musical theatre community, accompanied by Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Syracuse Pops Chorus. Nationally acclaimed director/actor Billie McBride will direct. This production is designed to introduce the work to the theatrical community for future full-scale production.

The consortium of presenting organizations is proud to partner with the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau on this project.

“We are thrilled that New York-quality talent and theatre is coming to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region this summer,” says Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price. “We want to make sure that the professionals producing and performing in How Green Was My Valley love the time that they spend here. Our hope is that this collaboration becomes an annual offering that will bring out of town visitors to the area to enjoy these types
of productions.”

Content and Relevance
With the original score featuring tunes derived from hymns and folk songs of the Welsh valleys, How Green Was My Valley invites the audience to inhabit the world of a passionate people facing the extinction of their culture. Told through the eyes of one family, the story asks the question, ‘how do we balance the preservation of our earth, allow a forward movement of industry, and look ahead with care to a world that must support new generations?’ “Change is a force of nature and we can only hope to move forward with thoughtfulness and respect for our world, and mindfulness of how we change it,” says librettist Elizabeth Bassine.

“I was attracted to Valley because the novel is so rich in both drama and lyricism. The Welsh language emerges in a way that would appeal to any composer,” comments composer Roger Ames, who chose to use both original and existing regional tunes to give voice to the story. “And we were inclined to put a lens on sociopolitical issues.  During the time we’ve been writing this piece, hundreds of men have died in mining accidents, and untold damage to the environment has taken place,” he concludes.

“Central City’s history was largely shaped by Welsh and Cornish miners who brought their expertise in hard rock mining to the area after surface minerals played out.  They formed singing societies and demanded musical entertainment, and were ultimately responsible for the building of Central City Opera’s home – the 1878 Opera House.  So this homage to the lives and struggles of Welsh miners is a perfect fit for us.  In addition, Central City Opera has made a habit of partnering with cultural organizations around Colorado and has enjoyed a rewarding and enduring collaboration with The Colorado Springs Conservatory. We are delighted to add Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Syracuse Pops Chorus to our circle of friends” says Director of Education and Community Engagement, Deborah Morrow.

Colorado Springs Conservatory’s Founding Executive Director, Linda Weise, notes, “We are proud to take part in creating and allowing new works of the highest caliber to be showcased in our region. It’s is an opportunity for our students to be exposed to the process and for the community to engage.”

About Roger Ames
Roger Ames, Pulitzer Prize nominated composer, has written music theater works for the Hartford Stage, Roundhouse Theater, Washington, Berkshire Ensemble for Theater Arts, the London Fringe, Off-Broadway, and has been commissioned to compose works for Central City Opera, Colorado, Utah Opera, Boston Lyric Opera Company, Lake George Opera, Equity Fights Aids, and numerous schools and universities. He has won a number of awards, including first prize in Boston Metro Opera’s Contempo Festival, 2010, First Prize, The International Clarinet Society, First Prize, New York City Children’s Aid Society Composition contest, numerous ASCAP classical music awards, and several National Endowment for the Arts and Meet The Composer grants. Ames has studied with Samuel Barber, John Kander, Lukas Foss, and Robert Washburn. He holds degrees in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and in music composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He is currently Resident Composer for Central City Opera, (Community Outreach), Great Neck North High School, and is Artist in Residence at New Dramatists, New York City and at El Paso Opera, Texas.

About Elizabeth Bassine
Elizabeth and Roger have a happy working partnership. They have collaborated on songs for NYC’s Off-Broadway children’s theater, Pantomonium. They have teamed up on Roger’s choral works, including those commissioned for the Williamson Singers at Westminster Choir College, and recently won first prize in the NYC Children’s Aid Society annual composition contest.  They have recently finished writing No Parking, a poignant, new music theater piece. They have had a commissioned piece, Take Joy! premiere at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, and presently await the staged concert of How Green Was My Valley.  How Green Was My Valley received its first workshop at the Nautilus Music-Theater in Minneapolis, funded by Meet the Composer, was a recent finalist for the O’Neill National Music Center, and had a second complete Equity Showcase reading at the Actors Studio in NYC.  In addition to having enjoyed a writing career in the publishing industry, Elizabeth is an award-winning painter.

About Central City Opera
www.CentralCityOpera.org • 303.292.6500
In a lush Rocky Mountain setting less than one hour from Denver, Central City Opera is among the nation’s elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country (and the fifth-oldest opera company), the company continues to make history, offering a professional summer opera festival annually, an acclaimed artist-training program, year round touring educational programs, and historic preservation. The 2014 Central City Opera Festival features The Marriage of Figaro, Dead Man Walking and Trouble in Tahiti in Central City, plus The Sound of Music in Denver.

About The Colorado Springs Conservatory
www.csconservtory.org • 719.577.4556
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Colorado Springs Conservatory offers top tier instruction in all of the performing arts for students ages three through 19 seeking enrichment experiences, or rigorous preparatory studies for higher education and careers in the arts. Programming and performance opportunities include all genres of instrumental music, recording arts, vocals, theater and dance/movement in an environment that promotes mutual respect and positive peer interaction.

Our distinguished faculty and guest mentors serve students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in after-school programs and daytime partnerships with local school districts. Adhering to the highest pedagogical standards, The Conservatory has received international recognition as a Royal Conservatory Founding School, and Arts Schools Network Exemplary School.

In addition to arts education, students learn valuable life skills such as collaboration, interpersonal communication and civic responsibility by performing at more than 300 community outreach events each year. From the boardroom to the operating room to the green room, Conservatory alumni excel because they have been trained to strive for excellence.

About the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs
www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org • 719.633.3649
The Chamber Orchestra programs blend well-known classics with more adventuresome works including those by past and contemporary composers completely new to Colorado Springs. Its performances feature guest soloists of national renown, as well as, the region’s finest artists and composers.

Under the Baton of Maestro Thomas Wilson, the orchestra has become a center of collaboration—partnering frequently, among others, with The Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Ormao Dance Company, UCCS Music Program, Amateur Pianists International, Shivers Foundation Artists,  and local School Districts. These collaborations range from a Gospel/Chamber concert the 2010 Art-Creates-Community Award winner by public vote, to a most recent Hip-Hop Opera co-production with Mitchell High School.

The orchestra celebrated its 30th Anniversary Season with an International Composition Competition that attracted 170 submissions, and inauguration of KCME delay-broadcasts of its concerts to all Front Range audiences. A Colorado Springs Gazette review of its recent Ode to Joy concert stated, “It’s impossible not to be excited about what the future holds for us all from this now-mature orchestra”.

About the Syracuse Pops Chorus
www.syracusepopschorus.org
The Syracuse Pops Chorus, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been singing under the direction of Lou Lemos since 2004, and is made up of about 100 voices, divided into 8 voice parts.  The Pops Chorus is particularly proud to have had their signature piece of music, “God Bless America the Beau-tiful,” arranged for them by Roger Ames in 2009.  The group performs often with Symphoria (formerly the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra) at the 2100 seat Crouse-Hinds Theatre in the Onondaga County Civic Center, the New York State Fairgrounds on July 4th, and regional concerts throughout Central New York. The Chorus is also regularly asked to perform concerts at a variety of venues in the Syracuse, NY area.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND CURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT RATED “R” ON STAGE: COMMUNITY PANEL ON SEX, VIOLENCE AND NUDITY IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

Central City Opera

Contact

Contact: Sara M. Poorman
Director of Marketing, Curious Theatre Company
sara@curioustheatre.org
303-800-3030

OR

Contact: Valerie Hamlin
Director of Marketing, Central City Opera
vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
303-292-6500, ext. 108

Denver, CO – Central City Opera and Curious Theatre Company presentRated “R” on Stage: Community Panel on Sex, Violence and Nudity in the Performing Arts. The free event will be presented June 3, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Curious Theatre located at 1080 Acoma Street, Denver. Cocktails, snacks and a video presentation featuring the play Venus in Fur and the opera Dead Man Walking will be offered from 5:30 to 6 p.m. 
Join Central City Opera Director of Production Karen Federing, Curious Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret Emcee Selene Karavites-Valdez, Wonderbound Artistic Director Garret Ammon, and performing artists Karen Slack from Curious Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur and Michael Mayes from Central City Opera’s Dead Man Walking for an invigorating discussion on the high-stakes process of producing gutsy, risqué and sensual art in Denver. Emmy Award-winning FOX31 TV host Chris Parente moderates.

Garret Ammon (Artistic Director – Wonderbound) is an acclaimed choreographer who began his tenure as artistic director of Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) in 2007. Since that time, Wonderbound has garnered national attention and praise for its daring work, including being named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2009). Ammon was also recently honored as a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellow (2011); named one of Denver Westword‘s “Ten People to Watch in 2013″ and is the recipient of the 2013 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. A prolific dance maker, serial collaborator and self-professed tech geek; Ammon has created over 50 dance works over the past 14 years. He has conspired with artists across an array of disciplines and developed a trademark aesthetic that seamlessly blends tradition with adventurous new ideas. Ammon has forged a deep creative relationship with poet Michael J. Henry which has produced When the Power Goes Out (2009) and the multimedia, evening length production Intersection (2009). In 2014, Ammon and Henry will work with musician Ian Cooke to create the all new full length piece Gone West. He has also worked closely with director Chip Walton to create Curious Theatre Company‘s award-winning production of Sarah Ruhl‘s Eurydice (2009) and with painter/sculptor Mark Allen Henderson to create in pieces (2010).

Karen Federing (Director of Production – Central City Opera) Karen is beginning her 13th festival as Director of Production with Central City Opera. A native New Yorker, Karen just completed her first season as Production Manager for Gotham Chamber Opera, having previously worked with Gotham in 2013 and 2009. From 1992 to 2004 she was a Stage Manager with New York City Opera and stage managed over 45 productions, including seven Live From Lincoln Center telecasts.  Karen has stage managed for many regional opera companies over her 20-year plus career and was also part of the stage management team for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher in Central City Opera’s Dead Man Walking) is a past Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist and makes his debut in a leading role with the company this July in Dead Man Walking. Mr. Mayes is a baritone known for his consummate portrayals of iconic characters in the operatic repertoire. Originally from Conroe, Texas, Michael has performed with opera companies across the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Fort Worth Opera. Mr. Mayes has appeared internationally in conjunction with La Fenice in Castel-Franco Veneto, Italy.  His honors include 3rd place winner at the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in Chicago, the Entergy Young Texas Artist Competition Vocalist Award, John Alexander Award, the John Moriarty Apprentice Artist Award, and an advanced division winner at the Anton Guadagno Vocal Competition.

Karen Slack (Vanda in Curious Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur) is an Artistic Company Member and a member of the Artistic Council at Curious Theatre Company. She has appeared in several productions including The Long Christmas Ride Home, 9 Parts of Desire, Eurydice, Homebody/Kabul, 9 Circles, Maple and Vine, God of Carnage, Rancho Mirage and most recently Venus in Fur. Other favorite roles include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Listen Productions), Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Frida Kahlo in Pain (Theatre on Broadway), Piper Cummington in DNC Mediamockracy (Listen Productions), Berthe Morisot in Morisot Reclining (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company) and The Syringa Tree (Alliance Stage @Buntport Theatre, TheatreWorks, Town Hall Arts Center, Backstage Theatre). She has received awards and recognition from The Denver Post, Best of Westword and the Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards, among others. Slack received her training at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studio in New York.

Selene Karavites-Valdez (Emcee/Performer – Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret) currently emcees and performs at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, where she has found a niche singing and joking in burlesque and variety shows, whilst never “revealing” herself. Having studied theatre, classical music, and musical theatre in Colorado and NYC, she can play the violin, make her puppy leap through circus hoops, and chug a full beer in less than 20 seconds.

Chip Walton (Producing Artistic Director – Curious Theatre Company) founded Curious Theatre Company in 1997, serving as Producing Artistic Director since its inception. Named Denver’s “Theatre Person of the Year” in 2005, he has directed 37 shows for Curious over the past 16 years, and his work has garnered more than 50 local and national awards. In 2008, Curious was honored with the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Walton has served as the President of the National New Play Network, a network of 25 theatres across the country dedicated to the development and production of new plays for the American theatre. Walton was also selected in the inaugural class of Livingston Fellows, as one of five individuals from across Colorado selected by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as exceptional non-profit leaders with significant potential for contribution, change and leadership in Colorado’s nonprofit sector. He has directed in the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays, the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwriting Festival in Washington, D.C., and accepted a National Theatre Company Award in New York for Curious from the prestigious American Theatre Wing. Most recently, Walton participated in the Visiting Professionals program at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and is currently serving on the Leadership Group for Imagine 2020: Creating a Future for Denver’s Culture.

Rated “R” on Stage will be presented June 3, 2014 from 6-8 pm. The event is free, however, an RSVP is requested by June 2, and available through the Curious Theatre Company Box Office, 1080 Acoma Street, Denver; 303-623-0524 or online at curioustheatre.org.

About Central City Opera

Celebrating its 82nd year in 2014, 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 engagement programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.
Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved comic opera about the marriage of the famous barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro; Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking, based on the true story and famous book written by Sister Helen Prejean about her relationship with Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious family musical The Sound of Music performed in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Subscriptions to see all three shows in the 2014 Festival are available for purchase starting at just $56 and single tickets for each production are also now available starting at $20. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/tickets or call the Box Office at 303-292-6700.

About Curious Theatre Company
“No guts, no story” embodies the ethos of Curious Theatre Company. Established 16 years ago by a vanguard Artistic Company that has since grown to 28 professional actors, designers, and directors at its core, Curious brings the best new theatre to Denver, producing thought-provoking plays designed to challenge ideas, stir emotions, and leave audiences talking.

Under the artistic leadership of founding Producing Artistic Director Chip Walton, Curious Theatre Company reaches more than 17,500 individuals each year through: five main-stage productions; the innovative Curious New Voices youth education program; the unique Denver Stories original play commissions that honor area luminaries; and a range of Curious 360º audience enrichment activities.

A recipient of more than one hundred local and national awards, Curious includes among its most prized accolades the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Year by a Theatre Company, 5280 Magazine 2011 Top of the Town Editor’s Choice for Best Theatre Company, Westword Reader’s Choice for Best Theatre in 2012, and the 2013 Colorado Theatre Guild’s award for Outstanding Season.

About Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret is located underground in the historic D&F Clocktower in the heart of the Denver theatre, hotel and shopping district. Sensual decor, cocktails, appetizers, dessert, and the most eclectic entertainment around, make Lannie’s the coolest room in town.

About Wonderbound
Wonderbound uses dance to deepen humankind’s common bond through uncommon endeavors of discovery and creation. At Wonderbound, we embrace the human form as a vehicle for invention and understanding. We cherish the human spirit as a catalyst for inspiration and creativity. And, we regard the human intellect as an escort for wisdom and character. We believe in the strength of the individual, the power of community, and the immeasurable potential of collaborative endeavors. We revel in the intersections of tradition and ingenuity, vulnerability and courage, and intimacy and openness. We value quality, rigorously pursued; passion, tenaciously engaged; and dreams followed, relentlessly.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES THE PRISONS, COMPASSION AND REDEMPTION PROJECT, ENGAGEMENTS EXPLORING THE THEMES OF THE OPERA DEAD MAN WALKING

Central City Opera

Contact

Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing

303-292-6500, ext. 105; hbrecl@centralcityopera.org

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing

303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Project Kicks Off with FREE Book Signing, Film Screening and Symposium

on the Death Penalty/Dead Man Walking
March 12 and 13 
Denver, Colo.—  Central City Opera (CCO) announces the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption ProjectThis series of thought-provoking engagements from a book signing, film screening and panel discussions in Denver to a cemetery crawl and historic tours in Central City, culminates in the main stage production of Jake Heggie’s opera, Dead Man Walking, at the Central City Opera House this summer.

To further explore the themes of the company’s 2014 production of Dead Man Walking,through the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Project, CCO has partnered with the City of Glendale, the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, DU Constitutional Rights and Remedies, Jewish Community Center, Tattered Cover, Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral, Colorado Springs Conservatory, the City of Central and Gilpin History to present happenings beginning in March and running through July.

CCO’s Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Project presents the community with a number of opportunities to engage in discussions about challenging topics such as the death penalty and are, therefore, intended for mature audiences (17+). The events kick off in Glendale and Denver in March and include:

Book Signing and Film Screening – Wednesday, March 12, 6:00-9:00 pm 
Wolf Theatre at the Jewish Community Center
Meet Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking, at a screening of the award-winning film by the same name starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, followed by a book signing hosted by the Tattered Cover. FREE admission. Bring your own book or buy one on site. The evening kicks off with a special preview performance of the operaDead Man Walking by Central City Opera Ensemble Artists. The event will take place in the Wolf Theatre at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center located at 350 S Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80246.

Death Penalty/Dead Man Walking Symposium – Thursday, March 13
3:30-5:30 pm – Symposium
5:30-6:30 pm – Reception

Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral, Annunciation Room 
Join panelists Sister Helen Prejean, opera composer Jake Heggie, District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District George H. Brauchler, Defense Mitigation Specialist Greta Lindecrantz and victim survivor Dana Sampson for a symposium on the death penalty and other themes related to Dead Man Walking. The symposium is hosted by the University of Denver’s (DU) Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program and moderated by the Program’s Director, Professor Sam Kamin. FREE admission. 5:30-7:00 pm: VIP reception by invitation only. The venue is located at 4610 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246. The City of Glendale and the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce have generously sponsored the Symposium.

Master Class with the Composer – Friday, March 14, 4:30-6:00 pm, 6 pm Central City Opera Performance, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado Springs
Central City Opera partners with The Colorado Springs Conservatory on a special master class with opera composer Jake Heggie. Students, faculty and alumni from the Colorado Springs Conservatory, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, and Colorado College will be selected to participate. The Master Class is open to the public and provides a unique opportunity to learn the magic behind creating a piece likeDead Man Walking. Jake Heggie will coach Dead Man Walking scenes with Central City Opera Ensemble Artists and a reception for attendees with the composer will be held following. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by March 13 to aschubauer@csconservatory.org or via phone at 719.577.4556. The Colorado Springs Conservatory is located at 415 S. Sahwatch Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Interfaith Religious Round Table – Thursday, April 10, 6-8 pm
Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
Sponsored by and hosted at DU’s Sturm College of Law, this interfaith discussion on the death penalty will be led by leaders in the Catholic, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, Buddhist and Unitarian Universalist faiths. All are welcome and admission is FREE. The round table will be held in room 165 at DU’s Sturm College of Law located at 2255 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210.

Central City Days: Divas and Desperados – July 13 and 19, 11:30-1:30 pm
Followed by Dead Man Walking matinee at 2:30 pm, Central City

Adventurers are invited to head to the hills of Central City for an afternoon introduction to some of the county’s most infamous bad boys and naughty girls. After meeting at the entrance of the picturesque Central City Cemetery for a picnic lunch, event participants will be treated to graveside tales reenacted by costumed Gilpin History docents. The tours will continue from the historic Washington Hall jail across the street from the Opera House, relaying stories of the town’s most notorious characters. An old-fashioned outlaw gunfight tops off the event in front of Main Street’s Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino. Tickets for Central City Days are only $15 and include a FREE drink at Dostal Alley Brewpub. Boxed lunches can be purchased in advance for $10. For $55, patrons can enjoy Central City Days and the matinee performance of the opera Dead Man Walking in the intimate Central City Opera House. The $55 ticket also includes a FREE drink in the Teller House’s Terrace Room during intermission of the opera. To purchase tickets or for more information visit CentralCityOpera.org/ccdays or call the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700.The City of Central has generously sponsored Central City Days.

Book Clubs
Readers are invited to join book clubs through the Tattered Cover in Denver in reading the book Dead Man Walking to explore the themes of this powerful true story. For more information about book clubs, visit www.tatteredcover.com/regionalcatalog/215909 or denverlibrary.org/content/dpl-book-clubs.

For more information about the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Projectvisit www.CentralCityOpera.org/project or email Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing, at hbrecl@centralcityopera.org

Central City Opera 2014 Festival
Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved comic opera about the marriage of the famous barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro; Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking, based on the true story and famous book written by Sister Helen Prejean about her relationship with Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious family musical The Sound of Music performed in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Subscriptions to see all three shows in the 2014 Festival are available for purchase starting at just $56 and single tickets for each production are also now available starting at $20. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/tickets or call the Box Office at 303-292-6700.
Celebrating its 82nd year in 2014, 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 engagement programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.
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Inside the Orchestra and Central City Opera bring Orchestra Music and Opera to Children and their Families February 5 through Febuary 24

ISOTinyTotsWinter2014

Contact

Shelby Mattingly, Executive Director, Inside the Orchestra
303-355-7855, shelby@insidetheorchestra.org

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing, Central City Opera
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Celebrates 28 Years

Denver, Colo – Central City Opera (CCO) partners for the fifth year with Inside the Orchestra (ISO) on ISO’s Winter Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra program. CCO will bring opera to the 28th annual program, which takes place Feb 5 through Feb 24 at venues throughout the Denver metro area ranging from the McNichols Building in Civic Center to the Commerce City Recreation Center. (Find a complete list of performances below and at www.insidetheorchestra.org).

A 45-minute performance, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra engages, entertains and educates pre-school children six and under (but all ages are welcome). Kids can interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. Audiences experience what it is like to be truly inside the orchestra as they are seated on the floor and surrounded by professional musicians. The conductor becomes the tour guide for the performance, with scripting designed to educate and entertain children. Children and their parents are creatively engaged in theatre-of-the-mind activities as they do activities like stomp like giants and throw a temper tantrum during Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, grow with music from 2001: A Space Odyssey and ride into the sunset with the William Tell Overture. This season, the theme of Tiny Tots is “Curiosity.” Kids can satisfy their curiosity about orchestra music when they are introduced to each family of instruments in the orchestra by the musicians and the conductor. And, back by popular demand, live opera music will be sung in alternating performances by local Central City Opera Ensemble Artists, Chad Reagan and Adam Ewing.

On February 22, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra will also welcome special guest Curious George, who will help guest conduct one piece and be available to meet and greet with the audience after the show. Two shows, at 9:30 and 10:30 am, will give families an opportunity to step inside the orchestra and opera while enjoying the newly renovated McNichols Building in downtown Denver.

“For the fifth year, we’re thrilled to partner with Inside the Orchestra to provide a magical and interactive opportunity to expose young kids and their parents to classical music through this unique concept of placing the audience inside the performance,” says Central City Opera Education and Community Engagement Director Deb Morrow.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Admission Information

Designed to bring orchestra music to underserved communities, Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra is the only music education program of its kind in the country and depends heavily on grants and donations. The cost of admission is a suggested ticket price of $7.50/person. (Complimentary admission will be offered to those in need, and children under one are free.) Performances do sell out, so it is encouraged to purchase admissions promptly.

To register for tickets, go to www.insidetheorchestra.org/tiny-tots-events and follow the registration and payment instructions. Patrons may also pay for admission at the door the day of the performance, but space is limited. Be sure to check the Inside the Orchestra website prior to the concert. Music lovers can give the gift of music by becoming an Inside Sponsor (starting at $7.50), which provides free admission to children in need. Email info@insidetheorchestra.org with questions or if you are a member of the press and will be attending.

Inside the Orchestra

The mission of ISO is to bring orchestra music to young children in the greater Denver metropolitan community, cultivating music appreciation and enhancing their education through an engaging first-hand experience with the orchestra. ISO is celebrating 50+ years in Denver supporting the orchestra and 28 years bringing professional live orchestra music to Denver’s youth. ISO hired Thomas H. Jensen (previously the conductor of the Colorado Ballet, as well as a radio broadcaster) as Music Director 27 years ago, challenging him to develop an engaging orchestra program that would both entertain and educate children, sparking their creativity and igniting a love of learning. In an effort to make orchestra music accessible to all children, regardless of any socio-economic boundaries, and to ensure that the arts stay alive in education, ISO underwrites performances through private and corporate contributions, grants and special events. Each season ISO programs are performed for an average of 20,000 children in the Denver metro area at 30 elementary schools and ten different venues. For more information about ISO or for the concert schedule please visit www.insidetheorchestra.org/tiny-tots-events.

Baritone Chad Reagan

A Central City Opera Ensemble Artist, Denver-native baritone Chad Reagan performs and teaches throughout the region for the company year-round. This year, Chad will appear with Boulder Opera in their production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa as well as with the Central City Opera Ensemble in the premier of How Green Was My Valley. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member in the music department at the Community College of Denver.

Baritone Adam Ewing

Also a Central City Opera Ensemble Artist, baritone Adam Ewing is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, under the instruction of Patrick Mason. An avid performer and teacher, Ewing was most recently seen as Schaunard in the CU production of La Bohème and a featured soloist in Songs for a New World with the Reedy Studio. He is a frequent member of the Denver Early Music Consort and the Boulder Bach Festival. Favorite operatic roles include Gianni Schicchi, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement

CCO’s year-round Education and Community Engagement programs strive to enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone with programs for all ages. The company has visited over 100 communities across Colorado with these programs, entertaining and educating up to 100,000 people each year. CCO is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services. For more information on CCO’s Education and Community Engagement, contact Director Deborah Morrow at 303-292-6500 or visit www.centralcityopera.org/education.

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra Performance Information

February 5 through February 24
Wednesday, February 5: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Monday, February 10: 9:30 and 10:30 am, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Denver, CO 80202
Tuesday, February 11: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Wednesday, February 12: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80226
Monday, February 17: 9:30 and 10:30 am, Commerce City Rec Center, 6060 Parkway Dr, Commerce City, CO 80022
Saturday, February 22: 9:30 and 10:30 am, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Denver, CO 80202
Monday, February 24: 9:30 and 10:30 am, The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134

Central City Opera 2014 Festival

Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival runs June 28 through August 10 featuring Mozart’s beloved comic opera about the marriage of the famous barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro; Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking, based on the true story and famous book written by Sister Helen Prejean about her relationship with Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher which was also an award-winning movie; and Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s glorious family musical The Sound of Music performed in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Subscriptions to see all three shows in the 2014 Festival are available for purchase starting at just $56 and single tickets for each production are also now available starting at $20. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org/tickets or call the Box Office at 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 82nd year in 2014, 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 engagement programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S THE SCENE PROUDLY PRESENTS RIVERBOAT ROYALE

Central City Opera

Contact

Nancy Rebek, Publicist – Show Boat
nancy@nrpr.com, 303-370-6777

Heather Brecl, Associate Director of Marketing
hbrecl@centralcityopera.org, 303-292-6500

CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S THE SCENE PROUDLY PRESENTS RIVERBOAT ROYALE: A POST-SHOW BOAT MARDI GRAS BALL IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN DENVER AUGUST 10

WHO: Central City Opera’s young professionals group for the culturally curious, The Scene, presents Riverboat Royale, a fun post-show masquerade ball in the heart of downtown Denver.

WHAT: Following the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance of Show Boat, attendees can top off their experience with a fun and unique event. Upon arrival, guests can indulge in delicious Creole cuisine from Bayou Bob’s and imbibe in beer from Central City’s Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino, wine or the signature cocktail from Breckenridge Distillery. Attendees can enjoy live jazz while bidding on auction items to benefit Central City Opera. Guests may then choose to test Lady Luck at the Riverboat Royale Casino with black jack and roulette, and win prizes from The Wizards’ Chest while enjoying more live entertainment throughout the gallery.

The evening entertainment will feature the jazz trio of Michael Fitzmaurice, Mark Harris, and Eric Moon, along with stiltwalking by Matt Bergen, balloon sculptures by Carrie Turrentine, pop-up opera by Central City Opera Ensemble Artists Antoine Hodge and Jennifer DeDominici, and a dance performance by Wonderbound.

Masks will be provided or attendees can wear their favorite. The Wizard’s Chest will also have a selection of decorative masks available for purchase at the event.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700.
Hurricane – Show Boat, Riverboat Royale + open bar, gift bag $125
Crawfish – Show Boat, Riverboat Royale $95
Jambalaya – Riverboat Royale + open bar, gift bag $80
Po’ Boy – Riverboat Royale event only $50

WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 2013
2:00 p.m. – Show Boat Matinee Performance at the Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
5:30 p.m. – Cocktails, Cuisine and Auction at Dikeou Collection
7:00 p.m. – Casino Games and More Live Entertainment

WHERE: 
Show Boat matinee: Denver’s Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
950 13th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Parking in the DPAC garage is $12.

Riverboat Royale:
Dikeou Collection (Walking distance from the Buell Theatre)
1615 California Street
Colorado Building, Suite 515
Denver, CO 80202
Parking in the 1627 California Street garage is $6 after 4 p.m.

The Dikeou Collection was opened in 2003 by New-York based artist and curator Devon Dikeou. This hidden gem houses the collections of cutting-edge contemporary artists like Momoyo Torimitsu, Vik Muniz and other artists, such as Devon Dikeou. Gallery visitors are welcomed by the two most well-known pieces in the collection, a pair of giant pink inflatable bunnies by Torimitsu.

WHY: Riverboat Royale is a fund raiser hosted by Central City Opera’s The Scene, a young professionals group for the culturally curious. The Scene was launched in the spring and supports Central City Opera’s innovative initiatives.www.centralcityopera.org/thescene

Riverboat Royale is made possible by generous donations from the following sponsors: Event Sponsors Arlene and Don Johnson, Industrial Income Trust, Perkins Coie, P.C.; Friends of The Scene Anne and Dave DeMarco, Logan Hovells, P.C., JansenLegal P.C. and Lewis Bess Williams & Weese; In-kind Sponsors Bayou Bob’s, Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino, photographers Mark and Kristen Sink, photographer Mark Kiryluk, costume designer Janetta Turner.

Central City Opera 2013 Festival 
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opened the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering running at the Opera House through July 28.

Central City Opera Comes to Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

Single tickets start at $20 for Central City performances and Show Boat tickets start at $22. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

 

Celebrating its 81st year, 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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CENTRAL CITY OPERA PRESENTS AN ARRAY OF 2013 FESTIVAL OFFERINGS FROM CENTRAL CITY TO DENVER

Central City Opera

Contact

Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Denver, Colo.- Central City Opera’s (CCO) 2013 Festival is officially underway, and there’s much to do between now and mid-August! Running June 29 – Aug. 12, this year’s Festival begins at the Central City Opera house with new productions of Rossini’s comedic opera, The Barber of Seville and Ned Rorem’s opera, Our Town, based on the classic Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder.

The festival continues in Denver with a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s glorious American musical, Show Boatperformed only in the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Patrons will also enjoy a wide range of additional Festival offerings to enhance their opera experience.

2013 CCO Festival Main Stage Productions
The 2013 Festival opens with a new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville,running June 29 through July 27. The opera is one of the most beloved and performed operas throughout the world. The Barber of Seville had its world premiere in 1816 in Italy and was one of the first Italian operas performed in the United States. This Italian comic opera in two acts about a matchmaking barber is set among the everyday places and characters of 17th century Seville, Spain. It tells the story of Rosina, a young woman who is a ward to an older man, Dr. Bartolo, who plans to marry her when she is of age so he can have her dowry. But Rosina is in love with the poor student, Lindoro, who has been serenading Rosina and is really the nobleman Count Almaviva in disguise. Figaro, the barber of Seville, is asked by Almaviva to help him lure Rosina so he can tell her he loves her. Figaro’s advice and actions lead to the adventures and mistaken identities for which the opera is known. The Barber of Seville will be performed at the Central City Opera House in Italian with English supertitles.

CCO will bring a new production of Ned Rorem’s opera Our Town to the stage for nine performances opening July 6 and running through July 28. Rorem, an award-winning composer, worked with librettist J.D. McClatchy to transform Thornton Wilder’s classic American play into an opera that premiered in 2006. Known as a quintessential American play, Our Town tells the story of the ordinary and extraordinary events in the lives of those in Grover’s Corners, a small New Hampshire town in 1901. A story that delves into three critical components of the human experience – daily life, love/marriage and death/loss – Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work in 1938. Our Town will be performed in English.

As its final production for the 2013 Festival, CCO will feature a new production with seven performances of Show Boat running in Denver only at the Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Buell Theatre from August 6 through August 11. This musical, written in 1927 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, tells the story of the workers on a Mississippi showboat over the course of 50 years, from 1880 to 1927. The musical was innovative for its time, combining the lightness and spectacle of musical theater with the serious themes of racial prejudice and tragic love. Revivals of Show Boat, which features songs such as “Ol’ Man River”, “Make Believe”, and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” have won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (2008). Show Boat will be performed in English.

Full cast lists and biographies for the main stage productions are available atwww.centralcityopera.org/festival.

Additional 2012 CCO Festival Offerings
In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, Central City Opera continues to present innovative offerings that will enhance the Central City experience and engage a broader and younger audience.

Lunch and a Song (July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28) Lunch and a 30-minute performance by a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Training Program Artist will whet audience member’s opera appetite at the relaxed Teller House. Performances, which begin at 11:45 am and are accompanied by a lunch prepared by Kevin Taylor’s Face Bar restaurant, precede main stage opera performances and take place at 11:45 am. Tickets are $30.

Short Works (July 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28) A wide array of short opera and musical theater scenes will surely excite both the opera virgin and the opera veteran. Performed by members of CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. Held at the intimate Williams Stables Theatre at 1:15 pm, tickets are only $12 ($8 for subscribers).

Central City Days (July 6 and 14, 5:30-7:30pm) An extraordinary celebration of Our Town, this progressive party leads participants through a tour of historic Central City locales based on the three acts of Our Town. Activities include a country fair with food, beer, wine and live music and a short walk led by one of Colorado’s celebrated storytellers to a wedding reception complete with cake, champagne and special performances. Passes are $40. CCO Subscribers may purchase two passes for just $75. A package including a performance of Our Town on the day of the event is also available for $75.

Après Opera (July 13, 19, 20, 26) After evening opera performances, festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails and impromptu performances by the company’s talented 2013 performers at the Teller House. Free admission.

Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee (July 18, 2:30 pm) Attendees can introduce themselves and their children to opera at a special matinee of The Barber of Seville that includes a narrator’s preview before each act and an autograph session with the singers. Tickets are $15 for kids (6-18), and $20 for adults. For an extra $10, festival goers can add pre-show Central City activities.

Riverboat Royale (August 10) Following a performance of Show Boat at the Buell Theatre, patrons are invited to experience with this fun après show masquerade ball in the heart of downtown Denver, hosted by Central City Opera’s young professionals group, The Scene. Participants will enjoy cocktails, creole cuisine, live jazz music and a silent auction. The “Riverboat Royale Casino” will host craps, black jack and roulette. Several packages are available, ranging in price from $50 to $125.

Central City Opera 2013 Festival 
Central City Opera House – June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem’s operatic adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town about not-so-ordinary life in small town America is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.

Show Boat at Denver’s Buell Theatre – August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Show Boat,Kern and Hammerstein II’s Broadway classic slice-of-life musical of workers on a Mississippi showboat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 81st year, 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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CENTRAL CITY OPERA GUILD PROUDLY PRESENTS OPERA ROCKS: A SLEW OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR KIDS

Central City Opera

Contact

Christina Dinegar, Opera Rocks Co-Chair 303-278-9541; christinadinegar@q.com
Ericka McDaniel, Opera Rocks Co-Chair 303-798-8923; emcdaniel5@earthlink.net
Kelly Nelson, Publicist 303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com

Denver, Colo. – Central City Opera Guild announces Opera Rocks, a series of fun and interactive events to engage children and introduce them to the art of opera:

Storytelling through Opera and Art

On Sunday, April 21, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Central City Opera Guild will present Storytelling through Opera and Art at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Children and their families will be captivated by a magical afternoon in the stimulating surroundings of the Denver Art Museum.

Opera and art tell stories in unusual ways– through singing, music, painting, sculpture, photography and textiles. Participants will spend an afternoon with Central City Opera artists at the Denver Art Museum as they bring the elements of storytelling to life through music and theater activities, including a performance of The Great Opera Mix-up and some Mad-Lib style games, followed by a visit to the Fox Games installation where families can create a mini stage set inspired by the artwork. Participants will then have access to all of the galleries at the DAM.

The price is $10 per person and includes free Museum access following the program. This event is ideal for children ages 5 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Storytelling through Opera and Art will be held in the Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum, located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock in Denver. For directions, contact (720) 865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org. Parking is available at the Cultural Complex Garage located at 12th Avenue and Broadway. Tickets can be purchased through the Central City Opera Box Office at (303) 292-670 or www.centralcityopera.org/art.

Opera Inside Out

Central City Opera Guild presents Opera Inside Out, a behind-the-scenes experience for families on Tuesday, June 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., starting at Williams Stables Theater, 113 Eureka St., Central City.

Opera Inside Out opens with a short family performance presented by Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement artists. The program will progress with age-appropriate activities (for children 6-12 years) and a tour of the historic Central City Opera House, including views from all areas of the intimate 550-seat space.

The behind-the-scenes opportunities continue with a backstage tour that includes the orchestra pit and the adjoining Cast House with views of the singers’ dressing rooms, the costume shop and the wig and make-up studios. Families will discover the inner workings of opera through this up-close experience. Interactive games and activities will also be included. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased through the Central City Opera Box Office at (303) 292-670 or www.centralcityopera.org/insideout.

Take a Child to the Opera

On Thursday, July 18 from 11:30 – 5:00 p.m., the Central City Opera Guild will present Take a Child to the Opera, for a full day of fun and the opportunity to see a family matinee performance of The Barber of Seville at 2:30 p.m.

Families can enjoy a historical scavenger hunt around Central City, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Opera House Garden, learn about the famous Barber of Seville from Central City Opera singers, participate in interactive theater games and head to the opera with a special gift. Perfect for ages six and older.

Central City Opera will present an all-new production of The Barber of Seville from June 29 to July 27. This Italian comic opera in two acts about a matchmaking barber is set among the everyday places and characters of 17th century Seville, Spain. The opera follows Rosina, the ward of Dr. Bartolo, who plans to marry her so he can have her dowry. But Rosina is in love with the poor student, Lindoro, who has been serenading her and is really the Count Almaviva in disguise. Figaro, the barber of Seville, is employed by Almaviva to help him meet Rosina. Figaro’s advice and actions lead to the adventures and mistaken identities for which the opera is known. The Barber of Seville will be performed at the Central City Opera House in Italian with English supertitles. The Family Matinee features Central City Opera’s talented members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program in lead roles.

Take a Child to the Opera tickets, which include the opera performance of The Barber of Seville, are $25 for children and $30 for adults. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/takeachild for tickets and more information.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement artists have presented performances and workshops in more than 125 communities across Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Each year, the Central City Opera Ensemble presents more than 150 performances and workshops in schools, senior centers and communities large and small. These performances provide opportunities for audiences to hear and learn about less familiar works along with old favorites and for new audiences to be introduced to the art form of opera.

The Central City Opera Guild, established in 1974, assists Central City Opera through work in historic preservation, education, cultural and social events, and fundraising. Visit www.centralcityopera.org/guild for more information.

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