Romeo and Juliet, Kiss Me, Kate and Othello make up the 2023 Season, June 24 through August 6 in Central City

DENVER, Colorado, November 15, 2022 — Brush up your Shakespeare! Central City Opera’s 2023 summer festival features three musical adaptations of classic Shakespearian stories brought to life on the historic opera house stage. Opening on June 24, 2023, this extended season includes the classic opera Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod, the delightful Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate and the exquisite masterpiece Othello by Gioachino Rossini.

“The 2023 Festival combines some of Shakespeare’s most beloved works with the intimate atmosphere of CCO’s gorgeous jewel-box opera house,” said Pamela A. Pantos, Central City Opera President and CEO. “The company’s return to presenting three mainstage productions this year is an opportunity for CCO’s audience to experience an amazing array of singers and performances. It is a season not to be missed!”

Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet infuses opera into Shakespeare’s famous tragedy about two star-crossed teenagers in love and serves as a cautionary tale to grudge-bearing elders and impetuous youth alike. Sung in French, principal cast members include Ricardo Garcia as Romeo, Madison Leonard as Juliet, Shea Owens as Mercutio, Wei Wu as Friar Laurent, Adam Cioffari as Count Capulet, Kameron Alston as Tybalt and Sable Strout as Stephano. This production will be directed by Dan Wallace Miller and conducted by John Baril and Brandon Eldredge.

Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter is a sparkling musical where the battle of the sexes takes center stage as former spouses feud onstage and off during a musical presentation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The first recipient of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949, Central City Opera’s production will feature Emily Brockman in the role of Lilli Vanessi / Katharine, Anthony Roach as  Fred Graham / Petruchio, Lauren Gemelli as Lois Lane / Bianca, Adelmo Guidarelli as First Man and Isaiah Feken as Second Man. Adam Turner will conduct and Ken Cazan will direct.

Rarely performed due to the difficult vocal techniques required for its three tenors, Othello was written by composer Gioachino Rossini at age 24, with the libretto by Francesco Berio di Salsa based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Sung in Italian, directed by Ashraf Sewailam and conducted by John Baril, CCO’s production will feature the talents of Kenneth Tarver as Othello, Cecilia Violetta López as Desdemona, Bernard Holcomb as Iago, Christopher Bozeka as Rodrigo, Hilary Ginther as Emilia and Federico De Michelis as Elmiro.

The Central City Opera festival is a six-week extravaganza of storytelling and powerful voices, featuring classical music’s biggest talents. Season subscribers can renew their subscriptions now. New subscriptions will be available in December 2022 and single tickets go on sale April 3, 2023. Visit or call 303-292-6700.