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CENTRAL CITY OPERA PARTNERS WITH COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL STUDENT SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE
Valerie Hamlin, Central City Opera Publicist/Assoc. Director of Marketing

303-292-6500, ext. 108

vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
July 08, 2010

CENTRAL CITY OPERA PARTNERS WITH COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL STUDENT SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS INTENSIVE

CENTRAL CITY OPERA PARTNERS WITH
COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY FOR THE
7TH ANNUAL STUDENT SUMMER PERFORMING
ARTS INTENSIVE

Tickets $5 for Public Performances on July 23 and 24 in Central City

Denver, Colo - Central City Opera (CCO) partners for its 7th year with the Colorado Springs Conservatory for the Summer Performing Arts Intensive. This two-week program for high school students culminates in two public performances of scenes from drama, musical theater, and opera, plus a short, student-composed original opera. This year's theme for the entire program is "Through the Eyes of a Child," with the original opera focusing on Denver native, Tony Award namesake Antoinette Perry. The performances will take place on Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 at 8:15pm at Williams Stables located across from the Opera House on 113 Eureka St. in Central City. Tickets are just $5 and may be purchased in advance through the Central City Opera Box Office at (303) 292-6700 and online at www.centralcityopera.org or at the door. Seating is based on availability.

"By joining forces with the Conservatory, we are able to offer these students a transformative experience at a crucial point in their young lives. Not only are they instructed in voice, drama, movement and composition by the finest teaching artists, they also explore new avenues of creativity by writing and performing an original short opera, AND they observe and are mentored by CCO performing artists who are at the peak of their form", commented Central City Opera Education and Community Programs Director Deb Morrow.

Students ages 14-19 from high schools around the nation and the state of Colorado are selected by audition to participate in this intensive workshop incorporating dance, literature, visual arts, vocal music, composition and theater. The students reside and study with visiting master teaching artists for ten days on the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus. Students then move to Central City for an intensive four-day experience including attendance at festival operas, tours, workshops and master classes taught by Festival artists and staff, and a culminating performance by the students in Williams Stables. A scenes program will be created from these classes and will include material that coincides with the annual theme. Material from the various mediums will be explored, rehearsed and performed. Alongside the scenes program are workshops where students collaborate and compose their original work with composer-in-residence, Roger Ames.

A major component of the program is the process of creating an original short opera based on the "Through the Eyes of a Child" theme led by Mr. Ames, who composed the Latin-inspired music for Central City Opera's one-act Spanish/English bilingual opera, En Mis Palabras (In My Own Words). Commissioned by the company to be performed for family and student audiences, the opera tells the story of a teenage Latina's journey into adulthood through the relationships with her family. Mr. Ames is known for his operas, musicals and choral pieces including The End of Forever, an opera he recently composed about the Native American experience in Indiana; and the choral piece In Memoriam, Warsaw 1943, which deals with the subject of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943. He worked previously with the Summer Performing Arts Intensive in 2009, during which students created an original opera, "The Worth of a Man," about the life of Winfield Scott Stratton, an extraordinary man who was critical to the development of the City of Colorado Springs.

Prior to their residency in Central City, the students will perform twice in Colorado Springs. On Tuesday, July 13 at 7pm they will perform a recital at Osborne Studio in University Hall on the UCCS Campus. Admission will be $5 at the door, and there will be no ticket pre-sales. On Tuesday July 20 at 7pm, the students will present the "Through the Eyes of a Child" Scene Program at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater in University Hall on UCCS Campus. Admission is $8 at the door, and there will be no ticket pre-sales.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory is also offering a day trip to the July 24 Summer Performing Arts Intensive performance in Central City. The bus will leave the Colorado Springs Conservatory at 11:00am and return to CSC at 11:30pm. Guests will enjoy a luxurious coach bus trip to and from Central City with opera guide & refreshments, a ticket to Central City Opera matinee production of Madama Butterfly by Puccini, a Private Dinner Reception, and a ticket to 2010 CSC Summer Intensive Scenes performance in the Stable Theater. The trip is $200 per person, and seating is limited. Call 719-577-4556 for more information and to make reservations.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the performances in Central City are $5 and may be purchased in advance through the Central City Opera Box Office at (303) 292-6700 and online at www.centralcityopera.org or at the door. Seating is based on availability.

Colorado Springs Conservatory

The Colorado Springs Conservatory was the 2008 "Award for Excellence" recipient of the El Pomar Foundation. This statewide award recognizes the Conservatory's inclusion of the Performing Arts Intensive summer program. The mission of the Colorado Springs Conservatory is to inspire, motivate and challenge all students to aspire to their highest potential as artists and human beings through arts immersion studies and community arts advocacy participation. The school encourages students to challenge their approach to learning through a commitment to the arts. In addition to the Performing Arts Intensive, special programs include opera productions, a jazz program, "WAM" (What Art Means), theater and musical theater, pre-school and outreach recital programs. For more information, visit www.coloradospringsconservatory.org.

Central City Opera's Education and Community Programs:
The Performing Arts Intensive is one of Central City Opera's year-round Education and Community Programs that strive to enhance existing curriculum for young students and lifelong learning for everyone. The company has visited more than 100 communities across Colorado with these programs, entertaining and educating approximately 80,000 people each year. Central City Opera is one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services.

Auditions for next year's Performing Arts Intensive will take place throughout Colorado in the fall.

Celebrating its 78th 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; 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. The 2010 Opera Festival runs June 26 to Aug. 8 featuring Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, the tragic tale of one woman betrayed by love and her ultimate sacrifice; Offenbach's whimsical operetta based on Greek mythology, Orpheus in the Underworld, featuring the famous "Can-can" dance; and Jake Heggie's Three Decembers, a modern chamber opera about the struggles of a famous actress and her two adult children. Tickets start at just $38. Call 303-292-6700 or visit www.centralcityopera.org.

Central City Opera House Association 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 an 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. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Central City Opera, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

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