Kelly Nelson, Publicist
303-909-5716; kelly@citruspr.com
Valerie Hamlin, Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108; vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
March 12, 2012


Denver, Colo.- In addition to its 2012 Festival productions, Central City Opera (CCO) announces a slew of additional events that will engage and entertain.

Celebrating the company's 2012 productions of Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Menotti's The Medium, CCO has partnered with The OtherSide paranormal investigators, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Denver Art Museum, Curious Theatre, Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life, Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver to present paranormal happenings starting this spring and continuing through the 2012 Summer Festival.

CCO's Paranormal Project dares attendees to take a trip to the other side with events including:

Night with the Spirits - April 21, 7-11 pm (Must be 21+)

Held at the Teller House next to the Central City Opera House, attendees will spend a spooky-fun night with the spirits that haunt this historic hotel. The OtherSide investigators (www.theothersideinvestigations.com) will lead a hunt for paranormal activity. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy spirits and indulge in treats. Tickets are just $30. $5 off for The Scene members (CCO's Young Professionals group).

Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life Events:

A Taste of Britten: Scones and Singers - June 2, 2 pm

A free event, attendees will sip Ceylon Tea and nibble on tasty scones during an intimate sneak peek at Central City Opera's 2012 Festival offerings, including Britten's The Turn of the Screw. The event will be held at the DPL Schlessman Branch, 100 Poplar Street, Denver.

Unveil the Mysteries of Opera - June 20, 6 pm

Attendees will be treated to tea from Teatulia and uncover the mysteries of opera with CCO! The event will be held at the DPL Ross-Cherry Creek Branch, 304 Milwaukee St., Denver.

Fresh City Life- My Branch Events are FREE. Registration at denverlibrary.org/fresh or flcmybranch@denverlibrary.org is encouraged.

Central City Road Trip! - June 23, 11-3 pm

A FREE event, people can join the hosts of Fresh City Life of DPL and head up the hill for a behind-the-scenes glimpse as Central City Opera gears up for the 2012 Festival (June 30-August 12). Participants will sit in on diction and stage-fighting classes and the "Sitz" rehearsal of Oklahoma! Meeting location is the Central City Opera House Garden.

Film Night - July 10, 6-9 pm

This FREE event includes a screening of the classic film The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr, followed by selections from Central City Opera's 2012 Summer Festival, featuring Britten's The Turn of the Screw. The event will be held at the Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave, Downtown Denver in the B2 Conference Room.

Fresh City Life- Central Events are FREE. Registration at denverlibrary.org/fresh or 720-865-1206 is encouraged.

Central City Opera Presents:

The Turn of the Screw - July 14 and August 4 at 8 pm, July 18, 21, 25 and 29 at 2:30 pm

Mystery and apparitions come to the stage in this new production of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. Based on the novella by Henry James, the chamber opera set in an English country home during the mid-nineteenth century tells the story of a governess who keeps watch over two children, Miles and Flora. The story quickly unfolds as the governess's seemingly simple job becomes a fight to protect the troubled children from the ghosts of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, the former servant and governess. Tickets start at $20. Ticket buyers can add Turn of the ScrewFest for $30.

Turn of the ScrewFest - July 21 and 29 (following the matinee performance)

On two dates this summer, attendees enjoy a 2:30 pm performance of Britten's The Turn of the Screw before partaking in Turn of the ScrewFest, 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, 6pm

Held at the historic Williams' Stables in Central City, people can enjoy a one-hour dramatic opera starring renowned artist Joyce Castle about a fake psychic whose surprise encounter with the unknown leads to murder and mayhem. Tickets are $20; $15 for CCO subscribers.

ArtsX Pass

On sale now through April 9, ages 21 to 45 can purchase an ArtsX Pass, a one-of-kind pass to the paranormal and to the hottest arts happenings in Denver for a song! For just $70, Pass holders can treat themselves to three out-this-world performances by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Curious Theatre and Central City Opera PLUS two trips to Denver's coolest museums around, Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Events on the Pass include:

Garrett Ammon's ROCK BALLETS by Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC) - April 15, 2 pm

Celebrate the British setting of CCO's The Turn of the Screw with spirited contemporary dance set to the music of British rockers Queen and David Bowie along with INXS. The event will be held at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Avenue, Denver. Visit bncdance.com or email eadair@bncdance.com for more information.

Untitled #46 "Cipher" at Denver Art Museum - April 27, 6-10 pm

Untitled turns the final Fridays of the month into offbeat encounters with art. Cipher takes a look at Madeline Albright's cryptic collection in Read My Pins, along with artists' hidden meanings, codes and the good old-fashioned puzzle. Catch Central City Opera in Concerts in the Corner during for paranormal opera snippits. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet CCO's Ensemble Artists and solve the mysteries of opera. The DAM is located at 100 W 14th Avenue, Denver. Visit untitled.denverartmuseum.org for more information.

Curious Theatre's Regional Premiere of John Logan's RED - May 31, 8 pm

RED is an intense portrait of the troubled and brilliant mind of painter Mark Rothko, a master painter keenly aware of the precarious balance of his artistic crown, seen through the eyes of the artist into the painting. RED is set in the late 1950s as renowned painter Mark Rothko struggles to complete his commissioned Seagram Murals for the Four Seasons in New York City. RED invites attendees to look into the art and the sacrifice, feel the exhilaration of the act, experience a captivating expression of ideas, and dares onlookers to leave unmoved. RED will be performed at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma Street in Denver.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

MCA Denver is a paranormal forum for out-of-this-world art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about art of our time. With the ArtsX Pass, people can enjoy free admission for one to the MCA Denver, located at 1485 Delgany Street in downtown Denver. Go to www.mcadenver.org to see current and upcoming exhibits.

CCO's The Turn of the Screw - Saturday, July 21, 2:30 pm, Central City Opera House

ArtsX Pass holders can add Turn of the ScrewFest for $30.

For more information or to purchase the ArtsX Pass go to www.centralcityopera.org/artsxpass or call the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700. Restrictions Apply. Changes must be made with the individual box offices of ArtsX Pass participants after ticket purchase.