Central City Opera

Central City Opera

Central City Opera is the fifth-oldest opera company in the United States, founded in 1932. Each festival is presented in the 550-seat historic Central City Opera House built in 1878 in the gold mining era town of Central City, Colorado.

Most recent six-week summer festivals have included traditional and progressive works. About forty performances, including those specifically for young people, are presented each season. 2007 marked the 75th anniversary of the company and a single-season move from 3 to 4 opera productions. Opera à la Carte (selected ten-minute opera scenes), "The Face on the Barroom Floor" (a 30-minute cabaret opera), and Victorian Salon Recitals (solo luncheon performances), are produced alongside the main opera season by assistant directors and apprentice singers as part of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program (below).

Successful commissions for the company include the American classic "The Ballad of Baby Doe" by Douglas Moore, premiered in 1956, the popular one-act opera "The Face on the Barroom Floor" by Henry Mollicone, premiered in 1978 and the 2003 world premiere of "Gabriel's Daughter", also composed by Henry Mollicone. The World Premiere of Chinese opera, "Poet Li Bai", commissioned by the Asian Performing Arts of Colorado, was presented in 2007.

Central City Opera's prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, founded by Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty, has served for more than two decades as a national model for training young singers. The rigorous 10-week program integrates daily training in diction, movement, and stage combat with individual coaching, sessions in career management and rehearsals and performance opportunities in the summer's mainstage and auxiliary productions. The program selects 30-32 participants from nearly 1,000 applicants each year.

Pelham G. Pearce was selected in 1996 as Managing Director for Central City Opera. He was named General/Artistic Director in May 1998, when John Moriarty became Artistic Director Emeritus.

Noteworthy Opera traditions include the annual Yellow Rose Ball, Colorado's oldest debutante ceremony, on opening day, and the Ushers Song (sung by the Usher Corps as they march up the street to open the theatre for each mainstage performance). The Usher Corps, comprised of collegiate and young professional interns from all production and administrative departments, includes the traditional Bell Ringer to announce the time.

ee also

*List of opera festivals

External links

* [http://www.centralcityopera.org Central City Opera website]

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