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The Britten Canon: “It’s Just GREAT Theater”

By Margaret Siegrist, Marketing Consultant Since Pelham (Pat) Pearce joined Central City Opera as General/Artistic Director more than 22 years ago, the company has produced operas of varying size and scope, everything from classics to new and specially commissioned works. However, beginning with the U.S. premiere of Gloriana in 2001, the works of contemporary composer […]

Characters of IL TROVATORE with Alex Loutsion

Before the season started, Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement department (ECE) asked leading soprano Alexandra Loutsion, (Leonora in Il trovatore) to explain the characters and plot of Il trovatore from an inside perspective. ECE: “So, you’re singing Il trovatore this summer! I’ve heard it’s a crazy story! Can you tell me about the […]

DRAMATIC “TROVATORE,” STRIKINGLY ORIGINAL “MAGIC FLUTE” IN CENTRAL CITY. Review By Peter Alexander

Central City Opera opened a powerful, dramatic production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore  Saturday (July 14) in their intimate and historic opera house. Intimate is not just a descriptor; it is a significant reason for the production’s impact. With it’s rousing choruses, virtuoso arias, violent passions and gruesome deaths, Il Trovatore meets all the expectations of grand opera, fit for […]

Spotlight On: Troy Cook, Baritone (Giorgio Germont, LA TRAVIATA)

  Troy Cook, Baritone Editor’s Note: Today’s blog comes from an article in our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide). Deborah Morrow (Director, Education & Community Engagement) interviewed Troy Cook. He plays Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, which plays its final performance today. We understand that this summer’s production of La Traviata will be your first opportunity to […]

Spotlight On: Christopher Zemliauskas, Conductor

Christopher Zemliauskas,Conductor Editor’s Note: Today’s blog comes from an article in our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide). Emily Murdock (Associate Director, Education & Community Engagement) interviewed Christopher Zemliauskas, conductor of our one-act operas Don Quixote and the Duchess and The Prodigal Son. He was last in Central City in 2013 conducting the opera Our […]

Spotlight on: Nicholas Ward, Baritone

Nicholas Ward, Baritone Editor’s Note: Today’s blog comes from an article in our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide). Emily Murdock (Associate Director, Education & Community Engagement) interviewed Nicholas Ward, one of our Apprentice Artists. He portrays Elder Son in our one-act opera The Prodigal Son this year as well as Marquis D’Obigny in La […]

Where in the World is La Mancha?

“La Mancha,” translates as “The  Channel” and refers to a wide bleak plain in Spain (pictured above in red). It can also be translated as “The Stain” – not great for a knight’s home base. The climate, according to Dale Wasserman (Man of La Mancha), is “Nine months of winter and three months of hell…It’s […]