Central City Opera’s 2017 Season Kicks Off with ‘Carmen’

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Last year, Central City Opera performed “Ballad of Baby Doe” during its summer season. Courtesy Central City Opera/Facebook

Opera lovers, prepare to fall head over heels for every dramatic, eloquent note during Central City Opera’s 2017 season.

Celebrating its 85th year as the fifth oldest professional opera company in the country, the company’s summer festival draws its opening curtain July 8 and ends August 6. Here’s what’s in store in nearby Central City—pre-performance and post-performance lectures, socials, talkbacks and more included.

SHOWS
“Carmen” by 
Georges Bizet, Ludovic Halévy and Henri Meilhac
Matinees at 2:30 p.m.: July 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 26, 30; Aug. 3 and 6
Evenings at 8 p.m.: July 8, 20, 28; Aug. 1
Where: Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka St.
Performed in French with English supertitles

“Così fan tutte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte
Matinees at 2:30 p.m.: July 19, 23, 25, 29; Aug. 2 and 4
Evenings at 8 p.m.: July 15, 21, 27
Where: Central City Opera House
Performed in Italian with English supertitles

“The Burning Fiery Furnace” by Benjamin Britten and William Plomer
When: 
July 26 and Aug. 2 at noon; July 27 at 5 p.m.
Where: St. James United Methodist Church, 123 Eureka St.
Written and performed in English

“Gallantry” by Douglas Moore and Arnold Sundgaard
When: 
Aug. 3 and 4 at noon
Where: Williams Stables Theater (across Eureka Street from the Central City Opera House)
Written and performed in English

“Cabildo” by Amy Beach and Nan Bagby Stephens
When: 
July 26, 29 and Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. (“Cabildo” can only be seen in the double feature with “Gallantry”)
Where: Williams Stables Theater
Written and performed in English

Festival tickets range from $31 to $108. Visit centralcityopera.org or call 303.292.6700 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to purchase.

EXTRAS
Artists Mix & Mingle
What: 
Mix and mingle with Central City Opera artists
When: After matinee performances
Where: Teller House deck (on Eureka Street)
Admission: Free; cash bar available

Boomer Bus
What: 
Get an inside look at Center City Opera and the historic mining town with a live history presentation on the ride up to Central City, a boxed lunch and an “exclusive behind-the-scenes experience.”
When: July 23 and 26
Admission: $35 per person, plus the cost of a ticket to the day’s performance

Lunch and a Song
What: 
A 30-minute performance by artists from the Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, with lunch prepared by Kevin Taylor’s Face Bar restaurant
When: July 12, 16, 19, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Teller House
Admission: $30 per person

Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee
What: 
The annual family matinee features “Carmen” with a narrator’s preview and an autograph session with the singers from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.
When: Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 per person; recommended ages 6 and older

Opera Bus
What:
Leave your car at home and, instead, hitch a scenic ride to Central City.
When: July 12, 16, 19 and 29
Admission: $23 per person

Opening Night Dinners
When: July 8 and 15; cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.
Where: Teller House
Admission: $95 per person

Opera Notes
What: 
Pre-performance talks that start 45 minutes before main-stage performances
Where: Williams Stables Theater
Admission: Free

Passion & Peril Party Bus
What: 
This is for classic music aficionados looking for a grand outing. Start the night with a champagne party and special gift bag as you board, sit down for dinner—and mingle with a special guest—at the renowned Rouge restaurant and then see the opening night performance of “Carmen.”
When: July 8; show starts at 8 p.m.
Admission: $150 per person

Post-Op
What: 
Impromptu performances by Central City Opera artists and a cash bar for the audience.
When: After select weekend evening shows
Where: Teller House
Admission: Free

Short Works
What:
Thirty-minute staged opera scenes performed by members of Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program
When: July 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29 and 30 at 1:15 p.m.
Where: Williams Stables Theater
Admission: $10 for subscribers; $15 general admission

Talkbacks
What: Post-performance talks with Central City Opera artists
When: Directly after select main stage performances
Where: Teller House
Admission: Free

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