Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com
Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
April 02, 2012


Denver, Colo.- Single tickets, starting at $20 for main stage productions, are available for purchase now for Central City Opera's (CCO) 2012 Festival. Running June 30 - Aug. 12, this year's Festival features three new main stage productions with something for everyone, including Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical theater classic, Oklahoma!, Puccini's famous opera, La bohème, and Benjamin Britten's ghostly The Turn of The Screw. Patrons will also enjoy a wide range of additional Festival offerings to enhance their Central City experience, as well as Central City Opera performances and events surrounding the Festival in the Denver area this spring and summer.

2012 CCO Festival Main Stage Productions

The 2012 Festival opens with a new production of the Broadway classic Oklahoma!, running June 30 to Aug. 11. Considered to be the "first great American musical," Oklahoma! is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, two Academy Awards, a Grammy and a special Tony Award, among many others. Set at the turn of the 20th century in the Oklahoma territory, Oklahoma! is the cherished love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, an endearing yet independent farm girl. Featuring favorite numbers like "People Will Say We're In Love", "Oh What A Beautiful Mornin'", and "Surrey With the Fringe On Top", this musical has won the hearts of people time and time again. Oklahoma! will be performed in English.

One of the world's most popular operas, CCO will present an all new production of La bohème from July 7 to Aug. 12. Set in Paris in around 1830 (CCO's new production will be set in the 1930s), La bohème follows the challenges faced by Bohemians, specifically Mimì and Rodolfo, whose love-at-first-sight attraction is stifled by the hopeful but impoverished lives they lead. The heartwarming story that inspired the Tony award-winning musical Rent, La bohème combines the perfect mix of romance, friendship, and the pursuit of love and art. La bohème will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

In celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth in 1913, CCO will feature a new production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw opening July 14 and running through Aug. 4. A chamber opera set in an English country house during the mid-nineteenth century, The Turn of the Screw tells the story of a Governess who keeps watch over two children, Miles and Flora, at their home called the Bly House. The story quickly unfolds as the Governess' seemingly simple job becomes a fight to protect the troubled children from the apparitions of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, the former servant and governess. The Turn of the Screw will be performed in English.

Full cast lists and biographies for the main stage productions are available at www.centralcityopera.org/festival.

Additional 2012 CCO Festival Offerings

In addition to its slate of operas for 2012, Central City Opera will continue to present innovative offerings that will enhance the Central City experience and engage a broader and younger audience. CCO will also provide performances in Denver this summer.

Lunch & a Song (July 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, & 29, and August 1 & 8) Lunch and a 30-minute performance by a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Training Program Artist will whet audience member's opera appetite at the relaxed Teller House. Tickets are $30.

Short Works (July 4, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24 & 25, and August 1, 4, 8, 10 & 11) A wide array of short opera scenes that will surely excite both the opera virgin and the opera veteran. Performed by members of CCO's Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. Held at the intimate Williams Stables, tickets are only $12 ($8 for subscribers).

Central City Days: Taking Modern Fun to Historic Heights (July 14) In its second year,this uncommon event takes modern fun to historic heights with a custom craft gold mine of historic Central City adventures. From scenic mountain bike loops through ghost towns and graveyards, guided walking tours of Central City's Victorian streets and sights, mines and museums, to family-friendly performances in the historic Williams Stables, a front porch lemonade lunch and an end-of-day al fresco celebration, this day provides attendees with an unforgettable experience. An all-access day pass to Central City's storied past is $25, and $20 for Central City Opera subscribers.

Jazz Brunches (July 21 and August 4, 11 & 12) This finger-snappin' great time features fine food and hot jazz at the Teller House. The brunch buffet and jazz is just $35 each or $74 for three Jazz Brunches to add to a subscription package.

Après Opera (July 21, 27 & 28, and August 3 & 4) After the show, festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails and impromptu performances by the company's talented 2012 performers at the Teller House. Free admission.

Turn of the ScrewFest (July 21 & 29) After the July 21 and 29 2:30 p.m. performances of The Turn of The Screw,CCO patrons will enjoy an epic night of paranormal activities at Central City Opera's historic Teller House. A highly sensory experience, attendees take a trip to the other side with ghost stories, mind reading, intimate performances by Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret and Ballet Nouveau Colorado, and paranormal investigations with the OtherSide. Spirits and a brew from Dostal Alley Casino and Brewpub will be offered along with delectable British pub fare. Turn of the ScrewFest is sponsored in part by the City of Glendale. Tickets are $60, which includes the opera, The Turn of the Screw, and Turn of the ScrewFest.

The Medium (July 28 and August 4 Held at the historic Williams' Stables across from the Opera House in Central City, patrons can enjoy this one-hour dramatic opera at 6 p.m. Starring renowned artist Joyce Castle, the story follows a fake psychic whose surprise encounter with the unknown leads to murder and mayhem. Tickets are $20; $15 for CCO subscribers.

Oklahoma! in the City (August 5 & 7) Once again, the 2012 Festival will come down the mountain to Denver! Two performances of Oklahoma! will be presented at the Gates Concert Hall in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Tickets start at $23 and are available starting April 1. To purchase tickets, go to www.newmancenterpresents.com or call 303-871-7720.

Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee (August 9) Attendees can introduce themselves and their children to opera at a special matinee of La bohème that includes a narrator's preview before each act and an autograph session with the singers. Tickets are $15 for kids (6-18), and $20 for adults. For an extra $10, festival goers can add pre-show Central City activities.

2012 Festival Ticket Information

Subscriptions for Central City Opera's 2012 Festival are on sale now starting at just $30. Single tickets for main stage Festival productions, starting at $20, are now on sale. Prices increase after May 1. For more information, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.