At the Central City Opera 2019 Festival
PRESS RELEASE – Experience the unforgettable at the Central City Opera 2019 Festival July 6 through August 6. This year, main stage productions include “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini (opening July 6) and the Colorado premiere of “Billy Budd” by Benjamin Britten (opening July 13). Both world-class performances will be brought to life in the historic 550-seat jewel box opera house in Central City. “This year’s ‘Billy Budd’ production is the largest show ever to be performed on the Central City Opera stage,” said Pelham (Pat) Pearce, Jr., Central City Opera general/artistic director. “Director Ken Cazan is returning for his 18th season with Central City Opera to bring another Benjamin Britten production to life. This production of ‘Billy Budd’ features a score that was specifically adapted for Central City Opera in partnership with the Britten-Pears Foundation, Boosey & Hawkes, London and Maestro Steuart Bedford. This production is not to be missed.”
In addition to the two main stage productions, audiences have the opportunity to see two rarely performed works together as part of the Double Bill: “The Blessed Damozel” and “Litanies to the Black Virgin.” The Double Bill performances will take place July 23, 24, 31 and August 1 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Central City (135 Pine St.)
“Encore: A Musical Revue” will close the 2019 Festival on August 3 and August 6. Conceived by Curt Olds, who is a past apprentice, studio artist and principal artist with Central City Opera, “Encore: A Musical Revue” is an exhilarating mix of old and new pieces of music theater, from Broadway and Off-Broadway composers.
Patrons will experience the grand talent of opera singers who travel the country performing at top-tier venues, such as The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and are the first to see young talent who are accepted into the competitive Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artist Training Program. Graduates of this program continue on to perform throughout the world and receive critical acclaim.
About Central City Opera
Founded in 1932 with roots going back to the mid-1800s, Central City Opera (CCO) is entrenched in Colorado’s history and the history of performing arts in the United States and abroad. CCO 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, creative education programming and engaging community activities. Its annual 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 30 Victorian-era properties, including the intimate 550-seat jewel box opera house built in 1878. Central City Opera serves more than 40,000 students, families and seniors throughout the region through year-round programming, including live performances, educational workshops and residencies. For information, visit www.centralcityopera.org or follow CCO on Facebook, Instagram (@ccityopera) and Twitter (@ccityopera). Use the hashtags #CCO2019 and #CentralCityOpera to engage. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-292-6700.