The Girl of the Golden West

July 6 - August 3, 2024

 

 

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Performance Dates: July 6, 10, 12, 14, 19, 21, 23, 27, 31, Aug 3

BEST AVAILABILITY July 19, 21 & 25!

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The Girl of the Golden West

 (La fanciulla del West)

Passion, Peril, and Pursuit in the Wild West

Amidst the fervor of the Gold Rush, The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) by Giacomo Puccini paints a vivid picture of life in a mining camp. In Central City Opera’s rendition, the opera unfolds in Central City in the 1840s, incorporating elements of folk music to evoke the spirit of the West. At the heart of the story is the beloved owner of the Polka Saloon, who finds herself in a complicated love triangle with a newcomer and the local sheriff. Amidst confrontations and moments of high drama, loyalty and love are put to the test, as Puccini’s masterpiece seamlessly weaves romance, danger, and the promise of a fresh start.

FESTIVAL EXTRAS

  • Opera Notes: Free Pre-performance Lectures in the Williams’ Stables: 45 minutes prior to every main stage performance. Seating is limited — arrive early.
  • Après Opera: Friday, July 19 at approximately 5:00 PM. Make your way over to The Little Kingdom Room after The Girl of the Golden West for a cash bar and impromptu performances by the Festival’s artists! No cost to attend and no registration required.
  • Après Opera: Saturday, August 3 at approximately 9:15 PM. Opera On Tap Colorado hosts this evening’s Apres Opera in The Little Kingdom Room after The Girl of the Golden West. Enjoy a cash bar and rousing entertainment. No cost to attend and no registration required.
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Performing Artists & Creative Team

AllCastCreative
Director

Fenlon Lamb

Conductor

Andrew Bisantz

Conductor

Brandon Eldredge

Minnie

Kara Shay Thomson

Jack Rance

Grant Youngblood

Dick Johnson

Jonathan Burton

Assistant Conductor/Pianist

Arthur Bosarge

Nick

Nicholas Lin

Sonora

Matthew Cossack

Ashby

Christopher Job

Principal Coach

Shelby Rhoades

Assistant Conductor/Pianist

Chan Mi Jean

Assistant Conductor/Pianist

Jeremy Reger

Resident Fight Choreographer

Matt Herndon

Scenic Designer, Papermoon Opera Productions

Jefferson Ridenour

Projection Designer, Papermoon Opera Productions

Daniel B. Chapman

Technical Director, Papermoon Opera Productions

Brian B. Moore

Paper Fabrication Expert, Papermoon Opera Productions

Zoe Still

Resident Wig and Makeup Designer/Supervisor

Ronell Oliveri

Wardrobe Supervisor/Costume Shop Manager

Miranda Graves

Light Designer

Abigail Hoke-Brady

Assistant Director

Barbara Poll

Director

Fenlon Lamb

Recently: Papermoon Opera Productions-Artistic Director; Director, Le nozze di Figaro, Portland Opera (2023); Director, Carmen, Opera Santa Barbara (2023); Producer, Werther, Papermoon Productions (2023); Director, Alcina, Boston University (2023); Director, Così fan tutte, Palm Beach Opera (2023); Producer, Il barbieri di Siviglia, Amarillo Opera (2022); Director, La Bohème, New Orleans Opera (2022)

Director:The Girl of the Golden West

Artistic Director:Papermoon Opera Productions

Conductor

Andrew Bisantz

Recently: Artistic Director and Conductor, Eugene Opera (2008-present); Principal Opera Conductor, Boston Conservatory at Berklee (2023-present); Conductor, Hänsel and Gretel, Eugene Opera (2024); Conductor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Boston Conservatory, (2024); Conductor, La traviata, Eugene Opera (2024); Conductor, L’Étoile, Boston Conservatory (2023); Conductor, Don Giovanni, Savannah Opera (2023); Conductor, Acis and Galatea, Eugene Opera (2023); Conductor, Sweeney Todd, Opera Tampa (2023); Conductor, Die Zauberflöte, Northwestern University Opera (2023); Conductor, La bohème, Eugene Opera, (2023); past productions include Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Omaha, and Virginia Opera.

Conductor:The Girl of the Golden West

Conductor

Brandon Eldredge

Previously with CCO: Conductor, Amahl & The Night Visitors (2023); Associate Conductor & Chorus Master, Otello (2023); Kiss Me, Kate (2023); The Light in the Piazza (2022); Rigoletto (2021); Conductor, Dido and Aeneas (2021); Co-Conductor, Roméo et Juliette (2023); Two Remain (2022); Die Fledermaus (2022)

Recently: Conductor, The Barber of Seville, Virginia Opera (2023); Associate Conductor & Chorus Master, Sanctuary Road; Siegfried; La Traviata, Fellow Travelers, Virginia Opera (2023)

Conductor:The Pirates of Penzance

Associate Conductor/Chorus Director:The Girl of the Golden West

Music Director:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2023)

Minnie

Kara Shay Thomson

Minnie:The Girl of the Golden West

Voice Type:Soprano

Jack Rance

Grant Youngblood

Recently: Sharpless, Madama Butterfly, Virginia Opera (2024); Rigoletto, Rigoletto, Opera Delaware (2024); Rigoletto, Rigoletto, Opera Baltimore (2024)

Jack Rance:The Girl of the Golden West

Voice Type:Baritone

Dick Johnson

Jonathan Burton

Previously with CCO: Manrico, Il trovatore (2018); Cavaradossi, Tosca (2016); Don Jose, Carmen (2011)

Recently: Calaf, Turandot, Washington National Opera (2024); Cavaradossi, Tosca, The Dallas Opera and The Santa Fe Opera (2024); Canio, Pagliacci, Austin Opera, Nashville Opera (2023); Paul, Die Tote Stadt, Opera Colorado (2023); Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly, Palm Beach Opera (2023); Prince, Rusalka, Pittsburgh Opera (2022)

Dick Johnson:The Girl of the Golden West

Voice Type:Tenor

Assistant Conductor/Pianist

Arthur Bosarge

Recently: Chorus Master and Director of the Apprentice Artists Program, Sarasota Opera (2024); Hansel and Gretel, Opera Birmingham (2023); A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Utah Festival Opera (2023); L’occasione fa il ladro, Opera Southwest (2023)

Assistant Conductor/Pianist:The Girl of the Golden West

Assistant Conductor/Pianist:The Pirates of Penzance

Assistant Conductor/Pianist:Street Scene

Nick

Nicholas Lin

Recently: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville, Opera for the Young (2022-23);
Orfeo, L’Orfeo, Northwestern University (2020); Frank, Die Fledermaus (2020)

Voice Type:Tenor

Hometown:Chicago, IL

Sonora

Matthew Cossack

Previously with CCO: General Harrison Howell, Kiss Me Kate (2023); Count Capulet (Young Artist Performance), Roméo et Juliette (2023)

Recently: Strephon, Iolanthe, Opera Naples (2024); Bonzo, Madama Butterfly, Opera Naples (2023); Sharpless (cover), Madama Butterfly, Opera Naples (2023)

Sonora / Jack Rance (cover):The Girl of the Golden West

Voice Type:Baritone

Ashby

Christopher Job

Recently: Alcade, La Forza del destino, Metropolitan Opera (2023-24); Prison Guard, Dead Man Walking, Metropolitan Opera (2023-24); Count Horn, Un ballo in maschera, Metropolitan Opera (2023-24); 1st Priest, The Magic Flute, Metropolitan Opera (2023-24); Imperial Commissioner, Madama Butterfly, Metropolitan Opera (2023-24); Périchaud, La Rondine, Metropolitan Opera (2023-24)

Ashby:The Girl of the Golden West

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Principal Coach

Shelby Rhoades

Previously at CCO: Principal Coach (2024); Music Staff (2023)

Recently: Music Staff, Palm Beach Opera (2023-24); Music Staff, Seattle Opera (2022-23)

Assistant Conductor/Pianist

Chan Mi Jean

Recently: Lecturer in Collaborative Piano, University of Tennessee at Martin (2018-Present); Music Director, MUEN 367: Lyric Opera Theater (2018-Present); Co-Director & Chair of Collaborative Piano Program, Vilacello String and Piano Summer Music Festival (2023); Vocal Coach & Music Director for Young Singer Program, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (2022-2023)

Assistant Conductor/Pianist

Jeremy Reger

Colorado based pianist Jeremy Reger maintains an active performing, teaching, and coaching career.  He has served on the music staff of Virginia Opera, Opera Steamboat, Eugene Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Mill City Opera, Central City Opera, the Opera Studio at Recife, the Youth Symphony of Guaruhlos, Brazil, and the Minnesota Opera. He is an associate professor of vocal coaching at CU Boulder.  Prior to that position, he taught at the Music Academy of the West, Christopher Newport University, and at the Jacob’s School of Music. A strong advocate of new opera, Reger has participated in workshops for composers Damien Geter, Jake Heggie, Tom Cipullo, Ricky Ian Gordon, Kevin Putz, and Mark Adamo.  

 

Assistant Conductor/Pianist:The Girl of the Golden West

Assistant Conductor/Pianist:Street Scene

Resident Fight Choreographer

Matt Herndon

Previously with CCO: Fight Choreographer, Romeo et Juliette, Kiss Me, Kate, Otello (2023); The Light in the Piazza, Die Fledermaus, Two Remain (2022)

Recently: Fight Choreographer, Sweeney Todd, IU Opera and Ballet Theatre (2024); Fight Choreographer, Romeo et Juliette, IU Opera and Ballet Theatre (2023)

Resident Fight Choreographer:The Pirates of Penzance

Resident Fight Choreographer:The Girl of the Golden West

Resident Fight Choreographer:Street Scene

Scenic Designer, Papermoon Opera Productions

Jefferson Ridenour

Recently: Scenic Designer, Arizona Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Baltimore, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Palm Beach Opera, Amarillo Opera, Pensacola Opera, West Edge Opera, Knoxville Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Annapolis Opera, Opera Roanoke, Inland Northwest Opera

Projection Designer, Papermoon Opera Productions

Daniel B. Chapman

Recently: Projection Designer, Troubled Water, Guerilla Opera (2021); Lighting Designer, Pedr Solis, Guerilla Opera (2021); Designer, On the Verge, Restoration Comedy, Construction of the Human Heart, The Acting Company; Designer, Of Mice and Men, Damascus, Summer Theater of New Canaan

Technical Director, Papermoon Opera Productions

Brian B. Moore

Recently: Lighting Designer/Set Build, The Barber of Seville, Amarillo Opera (2023); Technical Director, Carmen, Pensacola Opera (2021); Don Giovanni, Pensacola Opera (2020); A Little Night Music, Ball State University Theatre (2019); Hansel and Gretel, Palm Beach Opera (2019); Madama Butterfly, Inland Northwest Opera (2019)

Paper Fabrication Expert, Papermoon Opera Productions

Zoe Still

Recently: Costume Designer, A Doll’s House, Wright State University (2024); Costume Build/Paint Charge, The Barber of Seville, Amarillo Opera (2023); Set and Costume Assistant, The Barber of Seville, Opera Delaware (2022)

Resident Wig and Makeup Designer/Supervisor

Ronell Oliveri

Previously with CCO: Wig and Makeup Designer/Supervisor (2011; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2023)

Recently: Opera Colorado, Sampson and Delilah (2024); Opera Omaha, The Last Dream of Frida and Diego (2024); Opera Columbus, Eugene Onegin (2024); Pacific Symphony, La Bohème (2024)

Wardrobe Supervisor/Costume Shop Manager

Miranda Graves

Previously at CCO: Wardrobe Supervisor/Costume Shop Manager (2022-present)

Light Designer

Abigail Hoke-Brady

Previously with CCO: Lighting Designer, Roméo et Juliette (2023) Kiss Me, Kate (2023); Otello (2023)

Recently: Lighting Designer, Roméo et Juliette, Toledo Opera (2024); Don Pasquale, Opera Omaha (2023); Rigoletto, Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera (2023); Sir John In Love, Bard Music Festival (2023)

Assistant Director

Barbara Poll

Previously with CCO: Assistant Director, Otello (2023)

Recently: Assistant Director, Otello, State Opera Poznań, Poland (2023); Staff Director, La Boheme, Glyndebourne (2022); Staff Director, Rigoletto, Glyndebourne (2019); Assistant Director, Pagliacci/Cavalleria rusticana, Dutch National Opera (2019); Assistant Director, Manon Lescaut, Opera Holland Park, London (2019)

Assistant Director:The Girl of the Golden West

Assistant Director:Otello

Contact our Box Office for more information at 303-292-6700 or boxoffice@centralcityopera.org.

Performance Location

Central City Opera House
124 Eureka St.
Central City, CO 80427

Composer

Giacomo Puccini

Librettists

Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini

Based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco.

Sung In

Italian
(English supertitles)

Run Time

2 Hours 45 Minutes with Intermission