Central City Opera’s Music and Martinis Mixes it up with an Evening of Cocktails, Dinner and Performances by Opera Stars of Tomorrow
Valerie Hamlin, CCO Publicist/Associate Director of Marketing, 303-292-6500, ext. 108, vhamlin@centralcityopera.org
May 19, 2010

Central City Opera’s Music and Martinis Mixes it up with an Evening of Cocktails, Dinner and Performances by Opera Stars of Tomorrow

Central City Opera’s Music and Martinis Mixes it up with an Evening of Cocktails, Dinner and Performances by Opera Stars of Tomorrow

Opera Star Emily Pulley, Central City Opera General/Artistic Director
Pelham Pearce and Artistic Director John Moriarty to Emcee the Evening

Denver , Colo. — Whether you enjoy your martini shaken or stirred and your music bel canto or Broadway, Central City Opera’s Music and Martinis has it all. The “ Colorado casual” evening, chaired by Central City Opera Board President, Nancy Parker, benefits the programs of Central City Opera (CCO). The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 at the Cable Center on the University of Denver campus, located at 2000 Buchtel Blvd. in Denver.

Music and Martinis kicks off with cocktail hour at 6 p.m., featuring signature martinis and mixed drinks, as well as a silent auction. After a sit-down dinner, a live auction will be led by veteran charity auctioneer of almost 26 years, Gary Corbett. The auction will offer patrons the exclusive opportunity to bid on a delightful opening night dinner with world-renowned soprano/director Catherine Malfitano; cocktails with Three Decembers composer Jack Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer; a walk-on role for a 2011 Central City Opera production and more!

The company’s exclusive pre-season Denver event, you will get a sneak peek at the stellar artists involved in CCO’s 2010 Festival with performances by the opera stars of tomorrow at this fun fundraising affair celebrating its second year. Featuring 2010 Apprentice Artists from the company’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, live musical selections from Broadway classics to opera favorites will be featured.

Metropolitan Opera star and 2010 Central City Opera Summer Festival Artist, Emily Pulley, will be joined by Central City Opera General/Artistic Director, Pelham “Pat” Pearce, and Artistic Director Emeritus, John Moriarty, to serve as Co-Masters of Ceremonies for the evening’s festivities. Pulley will be pulling double-duty as she not only emcees throughout the evening but performs as well. Early in her career, Ms. Pulley herself participated in the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. She continues to star in Central City Opera productions and also performs on illustrious stages across the nation from the Lincoln Center to LA Opera, as well as performances overseas with London’s Royal Opera and the Wexford Festival, to name a few. This summer, Pulley will play the role of Beatrice, the emotionally scarred, adult daughter of a famous actress, in CCO’s production of Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers.

Tickets are $150 per person and young professionals (ages 21-35) can purchase tickets for $75. Patron level tickets are available for $250 and include preferred seating with one of the artists for the evening. To purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program
The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program is a national model for the professional development of young singers. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty in 1978, the rigorous 10-week program integrates daily training in diction, movement, and stage combat; individual coaching; and sessions in career management with rehearsals and performance opportunities in the summer's mainstage and surrounding productions. The program, which selects 30 participants from nearly 1,000 applicants each year, has provided valuable training for many of America's most notable young opera professionals, including Denyce Graves, Cynthia Lawrence, Margaret Lattimore, Mary Mills, Emily Pulley, Greg Turay, Latonia Moore, Matthew Polenzani, Jesus Garcia, Chad Shelton, Daniel Belcher, and Celena Shafer.

Central City Opera
Proceeds from Music and Martinis support Central City Opera’s programs including its annual Summer Festival, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, the preservation and maintenance of the Opera House and more than 30 other Victorian-era properties and its education and community programs, which serve more than 100,000 people each year through performances in elementary and secondary schools, community centers, senior residences and theaters.

For the 2010 Summer Festival, June 26 to Aug. 8, Central City Opera will feature a revival of CCO’s best-selling show to date, the popular 2005 production of Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, the tragic tale of one woman betrayed by love and her ultimate sacrifice; Orpheus in the Underworld, the satirical operetta based on the story of Orpheus from Greek mythology featuring the famous “Can-can” dance; and Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, a modern chamber opera about the struggles of a famous actress and the twists and turns of the relationships with her two adult children. Tickets start at just $38. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.