June 30, 2012 Officially Declared Central City Opera Day!

Governor John Hickenlooper proclaims June 30, 2012 as “Central City Opera Day.”

Central City Opera’s Opening Day is always a special occasion. But the 2012 opening day was truly historic. The day was marked by a visit from Governor John Hickenlooper, who officially declared June 30, 2012 as “Central City Opera Day” in the State of Colorado.

Governor Hickenlooper shakes hands with Lanny Martin

The day’s festivities began, as always, with the Flower Girl Presentation, a tradition dating back to 1932. This year, 14 young women were presented.

The 2012 Flower Girls stand with their escorts.

Following the presentation, Governor Hickenlooper made his official proclamation, just before the Flower Girls and their fathers took to Eureka Street for the Yellow Rose Waltz.

The day also included several other Central City Opera traditions, including the presentation of the Opera House keys to General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce, the ceremonial ringing of the bell by Board President/Chairman Nancy Parker, and the first performance of “The Usher Song” for the year. Those who have visited Central City Opera in years past may notice something very different about this year’s ushers. More about that will be featured in a later blog.

Lanny Martin presents the Opera House Keys to Pat Pearce, CCO’s General/Artistic Director.
Board President/Chairman Nancy Parker prepares to ring the bell.

Festival Staffers before singing “The Usher Song”

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