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“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA. Review by Kelly Dean Hansen

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Music Director John Baril has seen his share of milestones in the pit at Central City Opera, but this summer’s “Il trovatore”—which just played its second performance and runs through August 3—represents a new height for him […]

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What to Listen for in IL TROVATORE

By John Baril, Music Director One of the many brilliant things about Verdi’s music is that, generally, he creates a mood with the orchestra using the most economical of means. For instance, the very beginning of Il trovatore features three bass drum and timpani rolls, each time getting louder than the last. Arguably, this suggests darkness, […]

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Central City and Fraternal Organizations

By Deborah Morrow Because there are Masonic references in The Magic Flute (Mozart and his librettist Schikaneder were Masons), and knowing that the first Masonic temple in Colorado was in Gilpin County, we thought it might be interesting to learn a bit more about Masonic and other fraternal orders in Central City’s history. Fraternal orders […]

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Did You Know? Central City Opera’s One Acts

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. Central City Opera’s 2017 mainstage operas, Carmen and Cosí fan tutte, are classics, well-known pieces that are often performed by companies across the world. Alongside these famous works, however, Central City Opera allows you to experience lesser-known one act operas, hidden gems […]

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Central City Opera Podcast – Season 2, Ep. 9 – Hailey Clark, Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE

On this episode of the podcast, meet soprano Hailey Clark, our Fiordiligi in this season’s Cosi fan tutte. Hailey describes Fiordiligi’s personality and shares how she identifies – and doesn’t – with this reserved character. She also discusses the musical challenges and delights of the role, her self-described obsession with podcasts, and how she found […]

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Did You Know? Famous Stars Performed at Central City Opera

Experience Central City Opera with an inside look at the festival’s history, performances, and people. Since Central City Opera’s opening in 1878, many stars of the stage and screen have performed in the 550 jewel-box theater. Even before the creation of Central City Opera, the theater hosted famous acts such as P.T. Barnum’s circus and […]

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OPERA America Conference – The Big D

Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce hits the road, to attend OPERA America’s 2017 conference. Experience his travels as he shares his inspiring insights, beautiful art, stunning performances and infamous friends along the way. OPERA AMERICA 2017 CONFERENCE Dallas, Texas “Hello Texas” “Looking forward to the opening of the Opera America Conference 2017 this morning!” […]

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Road Trip – Day 14: Pat’s in Kansas City for “Dead Man Walking” Staging Rehearsal

Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce hits the road, making his way from Denver to New York City for annual auditions. Experience his travels as he shares his inspiring insights, beautiful art, stunning performances and infamous friends along the way. The epicurean delights continue for Pat – Kansas City BBQ for dinner before a staging […]