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July 4 - August 2, 2020
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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Step right up! Love is a wild ride

“One of America’s finest theatrical achievements,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel follows the ups, downs, round and rounds of life and love. Muddling through small town expectations, meager means and conflicting dreams, Julie, Billy and their daughter Louise learn “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Carousel Extras:

  • Free Pre-performance Talks: 45 minutes prior to every 2020 main stage opera, with the exception of July 28. Seating is limited — arrive early.
  • Opening Performance Celebration: Saturday, July 4th
  • Boomer Bus: Wednesday, July 22 (Learn more)
  • Opera Bus: Wednesday, July 8 and Sunday, July 12 (Learn more)
  • Balcony & Beverages: Friday, July 24 (contact the Box Office for more information)

Contact the Box Office for more information about festival extras at 303-292-6700.

Performing Artists & Creative Team


Anna Christy

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Baby Doe, The Ballad of Baby Doe, 2016; Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, 2014; Emily Webb, Our Town, 2013

Recently: Soloist, The East Land Symphony, Carnegie Hall (U.S. Premiere); Feu/Princesse/Rossignol, L’enfant et les sortilègesSan Francisco Symphony; Tytania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera Philadelphia.

Julie Jordan:Carousel (2020)

Voice type:Soprano

Matthew Worth

Central City Opera: Curly, Oklahoma!, 2012; Jupiter, Orpheus in the Underworld, 2010

Recently: Harvey Milk, Harvey Milk, Opera Parallèle; Figaro, The Barber of Seville, Boston Lyric Opera; Hannah Before, As One, Cincinnati Opera

Billy Bigelow:Carousel (2020)

Voice type:Baritone

Jennifer DeDominici

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Soloist, Encore: A Musical Revue, 2019 and 2018; Soloist, Opera Teaser, 2019; Central City Opera Touring Artist/Teaching Artist

Recently: Soloist, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra; Francesca, The Bridges of Madison County, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College; Guenevere, Camelot, Intermountain Opera Boseman

Carrie Pipperidge:Carousel (2020)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

William Ferguson

Central City Opera: George Gibbs, Our Town, 2013

Recently: Harry King, Anthropocene, Salzburger Landestheater; Titorelli/Flogger/Student, Der Prozess, Salzburger Landestheater; Snout, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Teatro Massimo di Palermo

Enoch Snow:Carousel (2020)

Voice type:Tenor

Maria Zifchak

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Mrs. DeRocher, Dead Man Walking, 2014; Mother Superior, Sound of Music, 2014; Mrs Grose, Turn of the Screw, 2012; Bianca, The Rape of Lucretia, 2008; Mrs. McLean, Susannah, 2008; Madame de la Heltiere, Cendrillon, 2007

Recently: Anna Kennedy, Anna Stuarda, The Metropolitan Opera; Annina, La traviata, The Metropolitan Opera; Mrs. DeRocher, Dead Man Walking, Israeli Opera; Suzuki, Madama Butterfly, The Metropolitan Opera

Nettie Fowler:Carousel (2020)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

John Paul Huckle

Central City Opera: Past member of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program

Recently: Samuel, Un ballo in maschera, Opera di Genova; Quinault, Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera di Genova; König Marke, Tristan und Isolde, Claude Heater Foundation at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music

Jigger Craigin:Carousel (2020)

Sparafucile:Rigoletto (2020)

Voice type:Bass

Ken Cazan

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Billy Budd, 2019; Acis and Galatea and The Face on the Barroom Floor, 2018; The Burning Fiery Furnace, 2017

Recently: Professor of Opera/Resident Stage Director, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; Director/Co-librettist, Frau Schindler (World Premiere), Gärtnerplatz Theatre, Munich; Director, As One (World Premiere), American Opera Projects and Brooklyn Academy of Music

Director:Carousel (2020)

Christopher Zemliauskas

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Conductor, Acis and Galatea, 2018; Conductor, The Burning Fiery FurnaceCabildo and Gallantry, 2017; Conductor and Chorus Master, Don Quixote and the Duchess and The Prodigal Son, 2015

Recently: Music Director, Dido and Aeneas, Sister Act, The Medium, The Old Maid and the Thief, Ragtime, Ithaca College; Music Director, Kinky Boots (Regional Premiere), Hangar Theatre; CompanyAssistant Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre, Ithaca College, 2020-2016

Conductor:Carousel (2020)




Richard Rodgers

Book & Lyrics

Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on Ferenc Molnar’s play “Liliom,” adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer

Original Chorography by Agnes de Mille

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Production Sponsor

Pamela and Louis Bansbach

CAROUSEL is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: