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Michael Baitzer Appointed Director of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program

Central City Opera is thrilled to announce that Michael Baitzer, our Principal Coach of seven years, will join us as the Director of the acclaimed Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program for the 2019 Festival.   Baitzer has been a fixture of the Central City Opera (CCO) music staff since 1999, and he has overseen 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 […]

GRAB YOUR OSTRICH AND GO: ALESSANDRO TALEVI’S FLUTE IS PURE MAGIC, Review by Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal

  THE ITINERANT MELOMANE GRAB YOUR OSTRICH AND GO: ALESSANDRO TALEVI’S FLUTE IS PURE MAGIC Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal   This review is based on two performances, on July 11 and 21. The Magic Flute is an opera outside of time and space.  It is a fantasy which is set in no specific era and no specific place, […]

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA. Review by Kelly Dean Hansen

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Music Director John Baril has seen his share of milestones in the pit at Central City Opera, but this summer’s “Il trovatore”—which just played its second performance and runs through August 3—represents a new height for him […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 5 – Jose Maria Condemi, Stage Director of CARMEN

Jose Maria Condemi is the stage director of CARMEN for the 2017 season. On this episode, he shares how hearing a duet from CARMEN when he was a kid in Buenos Aires got him excited about the opera, and how he remembers this childhood memory whenever he works on the show. He also delves into the […]

Did You Know? The 1932 Central City Opera House Restoration

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. This summer, the Central City Opera Festival will be celebrating its 85th season of presenting world-class opera in the historic Central City Opera House. The Opera House itself, however, has been around much longer than that. Built in 1878 by […]