CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR 2013 FESTIVAL
ROSSINI'S THE BARBER OF SEVILLE NED ROREM'S OUR TOWN
KERN AND HAMMERSTEIN II'SSHOW BOAT
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Denver, Colo.- The show-stopping line up of nationally renowned artists has been selected for Central City Opera's (CCO) 2013 Festival, which also marks the organization's 81st year. Running June 29 to Aug. 11, the Festival offers the best of both worlds. It opens with two new productions in the Central City Opera House featuring Rossini's comedic opera, The Barber of Seville and Ned Rorem's opera, Our Town, based on the classic Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder. The CCO Festival then comes to Denver with a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's glorious American musical,Show Boat, which will only be performed at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. A full cast list for each of the 2013 productions is located at the end of this release.
Single tickets, starting at $20 for main stage productions, are available for purchase beginning March 1 for CCO's 2013 Festival.
The Barber of Seville (June 29 - July 27) - The 2013 Festival opens with a new production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. The opera is one of the most beloved and performed operas throughout the world. The Barber of Sevillehad its world premiere in 1816 in Italy and was one of the first Italian operas performed in the United States. Its American premiere was in 1823 in New Orleans and it was performed in New York shortly thereafter. This Italian comic opera in two acts about a matchmaking barber is set among the everyday places and characters of 17th century Seville, Spain. It tells the story of Rosina, a young woman who is a ward to an older man, Dr. Bartolo, who plans to marry her when she is of age so he can have her dowry. But Rosina is in love with the poor student, Lindoro, who has been serenading Rosina and is really the nobleman Count Almaviva in disguise. Figaro, the barber of Seville, is asked by Almaviva to help him lure Rosina so he can tell her he loves her. Figaro's advice and actions lead to the adventures and mistaken identities for which the opera is known. The Barber of Seville will be performed at the Central City Opera House in Italian with English supertitles.
Performing Artists Celebrating his 22nd Festival with the company, CCO Music Director John Baril will serve as conductor of The Barber of Seville, having led a wide range of productions during his tenure with the company, including last year's performance of La bohème, 2011's triple bill of one-act operas, and 2010's performances of Three Decembers. Chorus Master for Opera Colorado since 2003, Mr. Baril made his official Opera Colorado conducting debut leading Le nozze di Figaro in 2012 and conducted the young artist performance of The Barber of Seville for the company in February 2010. He made his Opera Delaware debut in May 2010 conducting Tosca, and most recently Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Levi Hammer* will be making his CCO debut as associate conductor for all three productions. Mr. Hammer also currently serves as assistant conductor of the Akron Symphony and music director of the Akron Youth Symphony. Previously, Mr. Hammer spent three seasons as associate conductor of the Castleton Festival, has assisted George Manahan at the Aspen Music Festival, and is a regular cover conductor at the Atlanta Symphony, where he has assisted Robert Spano, among others.
A 2010 Grammy winner, baritone Daniel Belcher returns to Central City Opera as Figaro, the barber of Seville, following his roles as the sly and clever Gianni Schicchi (2011) and The Husband in The Breasts of Tiresias (2011),John Brooke in Little Women(2001), and Henry Cuffe in Gloriana (2001). A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, Mr. Belcher has recently performed the roles of Taddeo in L'Italiana in Algeri with both the Utah Symphony & Opera and Houston Grand Opera; Dandini in La Cenerentolaand Papageno in Die Zauberflötewith Utah Opera; Captain Corcoran inH.M.S. Pinafore with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City; and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet with Opera Colorado.
A sought after and versatile lyric mezzo soprano, Jennifer Rivera* will make her CCO debut performing the role of Rosina, a role she has performed with numerous companies, including the New York City Opera, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Dayton Opera, Portland Opera, and the Berlin Staatsoper. Other recent credits include the title role of Stellidaura in La Stellidaura vendicante with the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Mrs. Williamson in The Difficulty of Crossing a Fieldwith the Nashville Opera, and Nerone in Agrippina with Berlin Staatsoper.She has received prizes in several competitions, including the Operalia Competition held in Madrid, Spain, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Richard F. Gold Shoshana Foundation Career Grant from The Juilliard School, among others.
The tenor role of Count Almaviva will be double-cast. Making his CCO debut, David Portillo* will perform the role June 29 - July 17. Mr. Portillo has previously performed the role of Count Almaviva with the Pittsburgh Opera, Tulsa Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Having established a reputation as an accomplished vocalist with uncommon technical facility, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2009 Shoshana Foundation Grant, 2009 American Opera Society of Chicago Award, 2009 Winner of the Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation Competition, and two-time recipient of a Shouse Career Development Grant from the Wolf Trap Foundation. His recent credits include:Tonio in La fille du regiment with the Ft. Worth Opera; David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Percy in Anna Bolena with the Minnesota Opera. Also making his professional CCO debut, Javier Abreu* will perform the role of Count Almaviva, for the July 21, 23 and 27 performances. A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice and Young Artist, his recent credits include the role ofRamiro in La Cenerentola with Nashville Opera & Lyrique en Mer; Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, and Count Almaviva inThe Barber of Seville with the Lismore Music Festival.
Returning after his 2007 role as Pandolfe in Cendrillon, The Doctor in Vanessa(2005) and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2002), bass-baritonePatrick Carfizzi will perform the role of the doctor and Rosina's guardian, Doctor Bartolo. A frequent artist with the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Carfizzi's credits there include performances of La bohème, Turandot and Andrea Chénier. Other recent credits include Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China with theSan Francisco Opera, Fra Melitone in La forza del destino with Oper der Stadt Köln, and Jailer in Dialogues des carmélites with the Metropolitan Opera.Making his CCO debut, Russian bass Grigory Soloviov* will perform the role of music teacher Don Basilio, a role he also performed with the Washington National Opera in 2009. A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory and the Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Mr. Soloviov has won or placed as a finalist in many prestigious vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition. Recent performances include Sparafucile inRigoletto with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with the Chicago Opera Theater, and Larkens in La Fanciulla del West with Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
Hailed as a "promising young soprano" by the Los Angeles Times, Alexandra Loutsion* makes her professional CCO debut in the role of Berta, servant to Doctor Bartolo. A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist and recipient of the John Moriarty Award, Ms. Loutsion continues to be recognized for her passionate performances and vocal versatility as a rising star on the operatic and concert stage. Her recent credits include Mother/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel with the Pittsburgh Opera, the cover role of Anna in Maometto II with the Santa Fe Opera, and the cover role of Tosca in Tosca with the Santa Fe Opera.
Artists in CCO's Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, celebrating 35 years in 2013, round out the remainder of the cast. Baritone Shea Owens will be playing the role of Fiorello;tenor Ian O'Brien will perform the role of Ambrogio; tenor William Dwyer performs as an Officer; and bassWesley Gentle will portray a Notary.
CCO's Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Marc Astafan will direct the 2013 production of The Barber of Seville. Marc Astafan is a respected director, educator, mentor and coach who has dedicated most of his career to the development of young opera singers in the United States. Astafan has directed critically acclaimed productions across the country, and his CCO directing credits include Tosca in 1998, Don Giovanni in 2006,Cendrillon in 2007, Rinaldo in 2009, Orpheus in the Underworldin 2010 and The Medium in 2012. Mr. Astafan also worked with CCO as an Assistant Stage Director for multiple shows from 1994 to 2005. In addition, he directed the collaborations with CCO and the CSO for A Night at the Opera in 1997, The Jerome Kern Songbook in 2002, HMS Pinafore in 2004, The Pirates of Penzance in 2005, and The Mikado in 2006.
Set Designer Arnulfo Maldonado returns to Central City Opera for The Barber of Seville following his CCO debut for 2010's Orpheus in the Underworld. Mr. Maldonado was the Set Designer for La finta giardiniera at the Alexander Kasser Theater, The Hairy Dutchman at the University of Rochester, andRomeo and Juliet for Classic Stage Company. Most recently, he has designed sets for Tosca with the Anchorage Opera and Electra/Oresteswith Centro Cultural Universidad del Pacifico. He was also the Costume Designer for Betrayal with the Perseverance Theatre. Costume Designer Sara Jean Tosetti returns after designing the celebrated costumes for 2011's Carmen, the "eye-catching styles" for 2007's Cendrillon labeled a "coup de theatre" by the Rocky Mountain News, the "luxuriant costumes" for 2009's Rinaldo hailed by theDenver Post as "nothing short of spectacular," and 2010's Orpheus in the Underworld costumes also touted as having a "showy, masquerade-ball sensibility" by the Denver Post. A Princess Grace Award recipient, Ms. Tosetti's recent credits include The Exonerated with Culture Project,Jane Eyre with Focus Features/BBC Films, The Merry Wives of Windsorwith Shakespeare Festival of Saint Louis and Artifice with Complexions Inc. on Broadway. David Martin Jacques returns this summer for his 13th festival as Resident Lighting Designer. Mr. Jacques will light all three productions for the 2013 Festival. He has been lauded for his design of more than 300 theatre, opera, television, dance and special event productions. Wig/Makeup Designer for all three productions in 2013 is Dave Bova, who made is his CCO debut in 2012. Mr. Bova's recent work has included Cabaret and Death of a Salesman with The Dallas Theater Center, Sweeney Todd with Barrington Stage, and Annie Get Your Gun with the Ravinia Festival.
Our Town (July 6 - July 28) - CCO will bring a new production of Ned Rorem's opera Our Town to the stage for nine performances opening July 6 and running through July 28. Rorem, an award-winning composer, worked with librettist J.D. McClatchy to transform Thornton Wilder's classic American play into an opera that premiered in 2006. States theNew York Times, Our Town is "an intimate chamber opera to match the play's spareness...Rorem's music is accessible, singable, and full of integrity." Known as a quintessential American play, Our Town tells the story of the ordinary and extraordinary events in the lives of those in Grover's Corners, a small New Hampshire town in 1901. A story that delves into three critical components of the human experience - daily life, love/marriage and death/loss - Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work in 1938. Our Town will be performed in English.
Christopher Zemliauskas returns to CCO to conductOur Town after conducting Oklahoma! in 2012, Carmen andAmadigi di Gaula in 2011, and A Little Night Music in 2009. Currently the Assistant Musical Director of the Opera Program at CU Boulder, Mr. Zemliauskas has also been the Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Central City Opera for productions including Carmen, West Side Story, Susannah, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, and Massenet's Cendrillon. He has also been on the music staff with Minnesota Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Colorado, and Indianapolis Opera.
Praised by theNew York Times as "nimble of voice, body and spirit," soprano Anna Christy continues to impress audiences with an extraordinary blend of sparkling voice, powerful stage presence and innate musicality. She returns to CCO to perform the title role of Emily Webb, following her past CCO roles as Olympia in 2004'sLes contes d'Hoffmann and Tytania in 2002's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ms. Christy made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Papagena in Julie Taymor's new production of Die Zauberflöte, in 2005, and two more debuts followed, with appearances as Muffin in the world premiere of William Bolcom's AWedding at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Zemire in Zemire et Azor. This season also brought her back to Santa Fe Opera to sing Celia in Lucio Silla. In 2006, Ms. Christy appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Hortense in the world premiere production of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy, and returned later in the season with performances of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Other important past engagements include her San Francisco debut as Angel More inThe Mother of us All; Marzelline in a concert versionFideliowith the San Francisco Symphony; Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Los Angeles Opera; Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music and Annabelle in The Glass Blowers with New York City Opera, and her Santa Fe Opera debut as Jiang Ching in the world premiere of Madame Mao. Ms. Christy is therecipient of a 2005 Martin E. Segal Award, the 2004 ARIA award, a 2002 Sullivan Foundation Grant, and the 2000 Shouse Debut Artist Award from Wolf Trap Opera, among others. Recent performances include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with the English National Opera, Lisette in La Rondine with the Metropolitan Opera, and the title role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Canadian Opera Company.
Acclaimed for his versatility in both opera and concert, tenor William Ferguson* makes his CCO debut performing the role of the endearing George Gibbs. Mr. Fergusonmade his debut with the Santa Fe Opera in 2006 as Caliban in the North American premiere of Thomas Adès' The Tempest. The same year, Ferguson joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera where he has performed Beppe in I Pagliacci as well as roles in Le nozze di Figaro and The Magic Flute(under the baton of James Levine). A regular artist at The New York City Opera, his performances have included the title role in Candide, Nanki-Poo inThe Mikado, the Funeral Director in A Quiet Place, and twice as Hérisson de Porc-Épic in L'Étoile, among many others. Additional recent credits include the Electrician in Powder Her Face with New York City Opera, the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with the Opera Memphis, and Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro with Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Colorado native, tenor Vale Rideout, returns to CCO as narrator and commentating guide through Grover's Corners, Stage Manager. His other CCO credits includeacclaimed performances as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (2012), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (2009), Sam inSusannah and the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia in 2008, and the Prince in the 2007 production of Cendrillon. A former CCOBonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, Mr. Rideout has since performed throughout the United States and in Europe and will make his debut this season with the New York Philharmonic performing Britten'sWar Requiem. Most recently, Mr. Rideout won a 2011 Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Classical, for Milwaukee's Florentine Opera Company's production of Elmer Gantry in which he sang the role of Frank Shallard.
Singing her brilliant lyric repertoire all over Europe and North America in a career spanning over 30 years, soprano Sally Wolf returns to CCO to perform the role of the Emily's mother, Mrs. Webb. In addition to her role as Donna Anna in CCO's 2006 production of Don Giovanni, Ms. Wolf has received critical acclaim for her portrayals of Mimi in La bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and has performed with many of the world's most prestigious opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, The Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Grand Théâtre du Genève, Monte Carlo Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, to name a few. Recent credits include playing the role of Alice in Falstaff and Berta in English with the Seattle Opera, and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Austin Opera. Ms. Wolf is currently on the voice faculty of Westminster Choir College/Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey where she has taught since 2001. With a "deep, toffee-smooth voice and convincing interpretive abilities" (New York Times), bass Kevin Langan returns to CCO to sing the role of George's father and town doctor, Dr. Gibbs, following his previous CCO roles as Commendatore in 2006's Don Giovanni and Seneca in L'Incoronazione di Poppea. With a career spanning 35 years and 1,300 performances, recent credits include Friar Laurence in Opera Colorado's Romeo and Juliet; Colline in La bohème and Basilio inThe Barber of Seville with the Metropolitan Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with both New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera; Timur in Turandotwith San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, and Santa Fe Opera; and many others. Opera singers Kevin Langan and Sally Wolf will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in Central City this July as they perform together in CCO's production of Our Town.
Baritone John Hancock returns to CCO as Emily's father, Mr. Webb, following his performance as John Buchanan in CCO's 2002 Summer and Smoke. Acclaimed for his refined vocalism and theatrical versatility, Mr. Hancock has appeared regularly with Metropolitan Opera, along with the San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glimmerglass Opera, and many others. A graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, he was a winner of the Richard F. Gold Grant presented by the Shoshana Foundation, numerous grants and prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Loren L. Zachary Society and the Sullivan Foundation. His recent credits include Sharpless inMadama Butterfly with Portland Opera, the title role of Kepler inKepler with the Spoleto Festival USA, and Falstaff in FalstaffwithAngers Nantes Opera. Acclaimed by the Seattle Times for her "lustrous and expressive voice" in her performance as Adalgisa in Norma, mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella returns to CCO as George's mother, Mrs. Gibbs, after her lauded appearances as Rinaldo in 2009's Rinaldo,Lucretia in 2008's The Rape of Lucretia and her CCO debut as Nerone in 2006's L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Renowned for her artistic versatility and musicianship, Ms. Pancella has an extensive repertoire ranging from Baroque to Contemporary. Recent credits include Despina in Così fan tutte with the Boston Lyric Opera, and Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with the Music of the Baroque. She also recently performed as a Soloist in Bach Cantatas with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Rounding out the remainder of the cast are members of CCO's Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program including:Claire Shackleton as Mrs. Soames; Robert Murphy as Joe Crowell;Alexander Elliott as Frank; Isaac Bray as Sam; Leah Bobbey as the Lady in the Balcony; Jason Ryan as the Man in the Audience; and Kevin Newell as Simon Stimson.
The director of last summer's Oklahoma! and 2011's three one-acts, Ken Cazan returns to CCO to direct Our Town after his other recent credits with the company of 2010's Three Decembers, A Little Night Music in 2009 and the sold-outWest Side Story in 2008. Chair of Vocal Arts and Opera, Resident Stage Directorand Associate Professor for the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Mr. Cazan is one of America's most sought-after directors, having staged more than 100 productions for more than 40 opera companies.Alan E. Muraokareturns to CCOas the Scenic Designer for Our Town following his 2012 debut for Oklahoma! In his twenty-year career, Mr. Muraoka has designed for theatre, opera, television, and film, where he has been up for two Emmy nominations and three Art Director's Guild Award nominations as a production designer and art director. Mr. Muraoka's opera credits include critically acclaimed productions such as Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice, an operatic adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, and the American premiere of Antonio Vivaldi'sMotezuma. Recent credits include The Tempestand Dialogues of the Carmelites for USC Opera, and The Fall of the House of Usher for Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater. Hailed for her richly evocative and character-enhancing period costumes, Marcy Froelich returns to CCO as Costume Designer for Our Town, following her 2012 debut forOklahoma! Recent credits include the 2012 Miss America Pageant, Hello my Baby with the Rubicon Theater, and 39 Steps with the Ensemble Theatre Company.
Show Boat (Aug. 6 - Aug. 11) - As its final production for the 2013 Festival, CCO will feature a new production with seven performances of Show Boat running in Denver only at the Denver Performing Arts Complex's Buell Theatre from August 6 through August 11. This musical, written in 1927 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, tells the story of the workers on a Mississippi showboat over the course of 50 years, from 1880 to 1927. The musical was innovative for its time, combining the lightness and spectacle of musical theater with the serious themes of racial prejudice and tragic love. Revivals of Show Boat, which features songs such as "Ol' Man River", "Make Believe", and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," have won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (2008). Show Boat will be performed in English.
Hal France returns to lead the Central City Opera (CCO) Orchestra after his lauded performances ofSusannah in 2008. Having enjoyed a longstanding relationship with CCO, additional previous productions include The Saint of Bleecker Street (2007), L'Italiana in Algeri (2003), A Midsummer's Night's Dream (2002) andGloriana (2001). He has collaborated with many of this country's great opera companies, including New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Hal's 2013 conducting season also includes The Grapes of Wrath for Northwestern University and Bluebeard's Castle andCarmen for Opera Omaha.
Following his most recent role with CCO as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! last summer, and his prior appearances as Lutz in the 2004 production of The Student Prince and Dr. Pangloss inCandide (2000), Gene Scheer returns to CCO to play the role of Cap'n Andy. In addition to his appearances as a performer, Mr. Scheer is acclaimed for his music and lyrics. He has collaborated often with composer Jake Heggie, including the critically acclaimed 2010 Dallas Opera world premiere, Moby-Dick; Three Decembers, performed at Central City Opera in 2010; and the lyric drama To Hell and Back, featuring Patti LuPone. Mr. Scheer also worked as librettist with Tobias Picker on the 2005 Metropolitan Opera premiere of An American Tragedy. A composer in his own right, he has written pieces for singers such as Renée Fleming, Sylvia McNair, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Larmore, Denyce Graves and Nathan Gunn; and also wrote the music and lyrics for the song "American Anthem" featured in Ken Burns' PBS documentary, The War performed by Norah Jones.
Soprano Angela Renée Simpson* makes her CCO debut in the role of Queenie, Joe's wife and the ship's cook. Critics worldwide have lauded Ms. Simpson's voice as wonderfully powerful, fascinating, thrilling and extraordinary.Last season, she made her debut as Queenie with the Chicago Lyric Opera, and she will also be reprising the role with Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera in 2013 and 2014. She has received critical acclaim as Serena in Porgy and Bess, a role she has performed with New York City Opera, Styriarte Festival and the Malta Music Festival. She has also performed with theLos Angeles Opera, La Scala Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Miami Opera and New York City Opera.
Soprano Emily Pulley returns to CCO in her role as leading lady Julie. A CCO regular and a former CCO Apprentice Artist, Ms. Pulley most recently appeared with the company as Beatrice in 2010's Three Decembers and in the title role of Susannahin 2008. Having performed a wide range of roles in her career with opera companies from the Metropolitan Opera to London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and everywhere in between, Ms. Pulley has enjoyed many of her biggest successes in contemporary American operas. Her credits in the genre include Lavinia in Marvin David Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra at New York City Opera, Lysia in Mark Adamo's Lysistrata with Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera, and Sarah Miles in Heggie's The End of the Affair at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Most recently, Ms. Pulley has performed the role ofBeatrice in Three DecemberswithFort Worth Opera, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Virginia Opera, and Georgetta in Il Tabarro with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Baritone Troy Cook will perform the role of the handsome riverboat gambler, Gaylord Ravenal. He made his CCO debut as Marcello in last season's La bohèmea role he has performed often including with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Semperoper Dresden in Germany. Some of Mr. Cook's additional roles have included Mr. Flint in Billy Budd and Figaro inThe Barber of Seville with the San Francisco Opera, Giacomo inBeatrix Cenci with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Morales in Carmenat the Metropolitan Opera. His recent credits include Father Palmer in Silent Night with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda with the Washington Concert Opera.
Following her acclaimed performances with CCO as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music(2009), Maria in West Side Story (2008) and as Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (2008), soprano Sarah Jane McMahon returns as Magnolia, an aspiring performer and the daughter of Cap'n Andy and Parthy Ann. Ms. McMahon has been hailed by The New York Times as "bright, active, and fastidiously musical," and by Opera News as having "a golden sound." A past CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, Ms. McMahon has since performed with such opera companies as New York City Opera and Los Angeles Opera (in Parsifal opposite Plácido Domingo), and her recent credits include soprano soloist in theGala concert with Placido Domingo with the New Orleans Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Virginia Opera, and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Bass Soloman Howard* will be making his CCO debut as advice-giving dock worker Joe, a role he will also be playing with the Washington National Opera in May. The oldest of seven children, Mr. Howard grew up homeless on the streets of Washington D.C. Feeling that a lot of what he went through and his experiences as a child made him a stronger human being, it's no surprise that he's currently in his second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, getting ready to perform the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. His recent credits include a debut with Washington Concert Opera as Leone in Verdi's Attila, and performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage with the Conservatory Project. Baritone Curt Olds returns as actor Frank after his most recent appearance with the company as Will Parker in 2012's Oklahoma! and John Styx in 2010's Orpheus in the Underworld. A former Studio and Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, Mr. Olds now enjoys a career in both opera and musical theater having performed in the original German production of Cats, on Broadway in Riverdance, as well as with Arizona Opera, Edmonton Opera and Hawaii Opera Theatre, to name a few. Recent credits include Herman in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera on the James, and Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with the Eugene Opera.
Auditions will be held in Denver in March for casting the roles of Parthy Ann and Ellie in this summer's Show Boat.
Central City Opera's production of Show Boat will be directed by Ray Roderick*, who will be making his debut with the company in 2013. A writer, director and choreographer Mr. Roderick has many credits to his name, the latest of which include direction of Mame that starred Tony-Nominated Louise Pitre and Broadway veteran Judy Blazer; Denver's longest running show I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; the writing and direction of 'S Wonderful! The New Gershwin Musical;assistant director to the legendary Jerry Lewis and the new Broadway bound musical The Nutty Professor based on the 1963 movie; and many more. Most recently, Mr. Roderick was the Associate Director for the Broadway production of the Music Man, and Stage Director for the national tour, and was the co-author, director and choreographer of Irving Berlin's I Love a Pianonational tour.
Scenic Designer James Youmans* will make his CCO debut with ShowBoat. Mr. Youmans has designed award-winning scenery for Broadway, Off-Broadway, television, regional theater, touring productions, and theme parks. On Broadway, Mr. Youmans has designed the revival of Frank Sinatra's Come Fly Away, Swinging on a Star, and revivals ofWest Side Story and Gypsy. In 2010, Mr. Youmans won a Tony Award for Broadway's Come Fly Away. Other live events Mr. Youmans has designed includeThe Music City Holiday Spectacular at Opryland and the NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show for NBA Entertainment. Also making his CCO debut is Nevin Steinberg*, who will be the sound designer for Show Boat. A founding principal of the sound design firm Acme Sound Partners, Mr. Steinberg provided sound design services for dozens of TonyAward-winning Broadway shows including In the Heights, Hair, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Light in the Piazza, Avenue Q and La bohème. While with the company, Acme was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Sound Design for The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hairand In the Heights. The company also won the Drama Desk Award four times, for Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Ragtime, and La bohème. Most recently, Mr. Steinberg is currently preparing for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Carnegie Hall. Nevin's recent sound designs on Broadway include the Performers andMagic/Bird, both of which opened (and closed) in 2012.
Central City Opera 2013 Festival - Single Show Tickets on Sale March 1Central City Opera House - June 29 to July 28
The Barber of Seville opens the Festival in Central City on June 29 and runs through July 27. Ned Rorem's operatic adaptation of Our Town is the second offering opening July 6 and running at the Opera House through July 28.
Central City Opera Comes to Denver's Buell Theatre - August 6 to 11
Central City Opera comes to Denver for seven consecutive performances of Kern and Hammerstein II's Broadway classic musical, Show Boat at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 11.
Two and three pack subscriptions for the 2013 Festival are available now and offer the best discounts and seat selections with a savings of up to 30% off single ticket prices before May 1st. Subscriptions start at $30. Single tickets, starting at $20, go on sale March 1. In addition to its slate of operas for 2013, CCO will continue to present innovative initiatives that will engage a broader audience with exciting enhancements to the Festival experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.
Celebrating its 81st year, Central City Opera is the nation's fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado's official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.
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Central City Opera 2013 Production Cast Lists
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