The Pirates of Penzance, The Girl of the Golden West, and Street Scene light up the Opera House stage June 29 through August 4 in Central City

DENVER, Colo., April 1, 2024 – Discover the rich tapestry of love, drama, and community at Central City Opera’s captivating 2024 Festival. A trio of spellbinding productions light up the historic opera house stage from June 29 through August 4. Experience the timeless hilarity of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Pirates of Penzance, savor the grandeur of Puccini’s beloved The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) and embrace the heart and soul of Kurt Weill’s iconic American opera, Street Scene. Single tickets start at $31; Subscriptions are still available and start at $50. Groups of ten or more save up to 20% on single tickets. Visit centralcityopera.org for tickets and detailed festival information.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Swashbuckling adventures and harmonious hijinks!
Performance Dates: June 29, July 3, 5, 7, 13, 16, 20, 24, 27; August 2, 4

Get ready to set sail on a comedic adventure along Cornwall’s picturesque coastline with Central City Opera’s upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivans’s The Pirates of Penzance! Directed and choreographed by the talented Kyle Lang and conducted by Brandon Eldredge, this operetta follows the hilarious misadventures of a young man, played by Chris Mosz, mistakenly apprenticed to a band of pirates led by the charismatic Pirate King, portrayed by Alex Desocio. Jasmine Habersham shines as Mabel, alongside Jennifer DeDominici as Ruth, Adelmo Guidarelli as Major-General Stanley, and Andrew Harris as the Sergeant of Police. With unexpected twists and a heartwarming resolution touching on themes of loyalty and duty, you won’t want to miss out on this unforgettable performance!

THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST (La fanciulla del West)
Passion, peril, and pursuit in the wild west
Performance dates: July 6, 10, 12, 14, 19, 21, 23, 27, 31; August 3

Step back in time to the frenzy of the Gold Rush with Central City Opera’s captivating rendition of Giacomo Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West)! Directed by Fenlon Lamb and conducted by Andrew Bisantz, this opera transports audiences to the vibrant setting of Central City in the 1840s, infusing folk music to capture the essence of the American West. Kara Shay Thomson takes the stage as Minnie, the beloved owner of the Polka Saloon, entangled in a riveting love triangle with Grant Youngblood as the local sheriff, Jack Rance, and Jonathan Burton as the mysterious newcomer, Dick Johnson/Ramirez. With Brian Downen as Nick and Matthew Cossack as Sonora, the production promises confrontations, high drama, and a stirring exploration of loyalty and love.

STREET SCENE
Life’s a symphony on a city street
Performance dates: July 13, 17, 20, 26, 28, 30; August 3

Life in New York City is front and center in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, presented by an exceptional team led by director and choreographer Daniel Pelzig and conductor Adam Turner! Set against the backdrop of a sweltering summer in the city, this production delves into the rich stories of residents residing in a tenement building. Christie Conover takes on the role of Rose Maurrant, alongside Christian Sanders as Sam Kaplan, Katherine Pracht as Anna Maurrant, and Kevin Burdette as Frank Maurrant. Veronique Filloux as Greta Fiorentino, Hilary Ginther as Emma Jones, and Isaiah Feken as Harry Easter round out the ensemble, bringing to life the challenges of immigrants, the impact of poverty, and the complexities of love and relationships in an urban landscape. With musical numbers ranging from operatic arias to jazz and blues, Street Scene promises to captivate audiences with its poignant exploration of hope, dreams, and struggles.

Central City Opera’s 2024 Festival is a five-week extravaganza of storytelling and powerful voices, featuring classical music’s biggest talents. Subscriptions start at $50 and single tickets start at $31. Bring your group of ten or more and save 20% on single tickets. Visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700 for more information. 

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About Central City Opera
Founded in 1932, Central City Opera is the fifth oldest professional opera company in the country and is renowned for its exquisite world-class productions, competitive and robust young artist training program and creative educational and community engagement activities. Its summer festival, only 35 miles west of Denver, takes place at 8,500 feet above sea level in the Colorado mountain town of Central City, where the company owns and maintains 27 Victorian-era properties, including the intimate 550-seat jewel box opera house built in 1878. Learn more at centralcityopera.org. For tickets and festival information, call (303) 292-6700 or email boxoffice@centralcityopera.org.