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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How well do you know the von Trapps?

The story of the von Trapp family has changed quite a bit over the years. There were even differences between the autobiographies written by Maria von Trapp and her stepdaughter Agathe (portrayed as Liesl in The Sound of Music). Can you guess where the following situations first appeared? Your choices are: A. Real life B. The […]

The Sound of Music: Comparing Timelines

The stage and screen versions of The Sound of Music were based on the real-life story of Maria von Trapp….but the timeline of events was severely condensed for dramatic purposes. Take a look below at the comparison; the musical compresses almost twelve years into a little more than three months on stage. Maria and Georg von […]

MONDAY NUN DAY: Richard Rodgers’ Research for The Sound of Music

For today’s Monday Nun Day posting, we take a look into the creation of the music sung by the nuns in The Sound of Music. Did you know that this liturgical-style music was written specifically for the production? There’s also quite a bit more of it in the stage version than what you might remember from […]

What to Listen for in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

Today’s blog post is from an article in our 2014 Opera Insider Festival Resource Guide, written by Education & Community Engagement Coordinator Emily Murdock. Music & Class Status Mozart’s librettist for The Marriage of Figaro was Lorenzo Da Ponte. This was their first collaboration (of three), and it’s often said that Mozart and Da Ponte […]