Central City Opera's Music and Martinis Mixes it up with an Evening of Cocktails, Dinner and Performances by Opera Stars of Tomorrow
May 15, 2009

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

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 Member/President Emeritus, Nancy Parker, takes place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 at the new Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, located at 4400 East Kentucky Avenue and benefits the programs of Central City Opera (CCO).

Music and Martinis kicks off with cocktail hour at 6pm featuring signature martinis and mixed drinks. After a sit-down dinner, a live auction will be led by veteran charity auctioneer of almost 25 years, Gary Corbett. The auction will offer patrons the unique opportunity to bid on the chance to select the evening’s repertoire for Pelham "Pat" Pearce, Sylvia McNair and Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty; a walk-on role for a 2010 Central City Opera production; a stay at a 500 year old home outside of London; dinner for twelve on stage with Pat Pearce at the Central City Opera House and more!

The company’s only pre-season Denver event, you will get a sneak peek at the stellar artists involved in CCO’s 2009 Festival with performances by the opera stars of tomorrow at this fun, new fundraising affair. Featuring 2009 Apprentice Artists from the company’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Young Artists Training Program, live musical selections from Broadway classics to opera favorites will be featured. Two-time Grammy® award winner and 2009 Central City Opera Summer Festival Artist, Sylvia McNair, will be joined by Central City Opera General/Artistic Director, Pat Pearce, to serve as Co-Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s festivities.

Tickets are $150 per person and young professionals (ages 21-35) can purchase tickets for $65. 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 Young 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 30-32 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 2009 Summer Festival June 27 to August 2, Central City Opera will feature three new productions. The Festival includes Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the popular Italian bel canto style opera about feuding families in Scotland and young Lucia’s forbidden love; Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, the Tony Award® winning musical that portrays the romantic lives of couples in Swedish society; George Frideric Handel’s Italian opera Rinaldo, a heroic story of battle and love set in the time of the  First Crusade. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

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Celebrating its 77 th year, the 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; 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.