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Friday, March 21, 2014

Competition Winners Everywhere with Central City Opera Connections

Here in Colorado, we've been following the recent Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition quite a bit, especially since four of our Ensemble Artists went on to the final round last Saturday. But as competition season has been in full swing around the country, we've noticed several other familiar names. Take a look:

Last weekend, past Studio Artist (2010 & 2011, Soprano) Audra Methvin took the top prize in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

Audra Methvin

Tonight, former Ensemble Artist Megan Marino (Mezzo-Soprano) competes in the finals of the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition. [Update: Megan also placed third in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition March 9th; one of the judges was Marc Astafan (Director, The Barber of Seville).]

And during the recent Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition, there were familiar names on both sides of the final judges' panel, including composer Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers) and baritone Matthew Worth (Oklahoma!, Orpheus in the Underworld). CCO Ensemble Artist Teresa Castillo brought home second place, while three additional Ensemble Artists received honorable mention: Antoine Hodge, Emily Murdock and Benjamin Wood.

Judges Matthew Worth, Jake Heggie and Dona D. Vaughn.
Photo from the DLOG Facebook page.

Please let us know if there are others we missed!

Updated 7:17 pm:
Tenor Daniel Shirley, Apprentice Artist in 2008, is shown here in the finals of the American Traditions Competition at the Savannah Theatre on February 28, 2014. He received fifth place.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Catch our Ensemble Artists in Performance

Did you know that, in addition to the summer Festival, Central City Opera continues to perform throughout the year? More than 25 Ensemble Artists present school assemblies, private events, community concerts and season previews, reaching 40, 283 people in 205 programs during 2013 alone. Check out the Education & Community Engagement calendar to see where we'll be next, including several performances during the Prisons, Compassion & Redemption Project.

These talented singers and musicians do not work exclusively for CCO. A majority of them teach at various colleges around Colorado as well as have their own private studios. Here's a small sampling of where else you can find them in the next few weeks.
February 21 - March 2: Loveland Opera's The Mikado (Soprano Teresa Castillo, Yum Yum)
February 23: Opera on Tap Colorado presents a Masterclass with Mezzo-Soprano Marcia Ragonetti
February 27 - March 2: Opera Theatre of the Rockies' Lakmé (Mezzo-Soprano Valerie Nicolosi, Mallika). This production is also conducted by Christopher Zemliauskas (Our Town, 2013 CCO production).
February 28 - March 2: Boulder Opera's Vanessa (Pianist Michael Tilley, Conductor; Baritone Chad Reagan, The Doctor)
March 14 - 18: Piedmont Opera's South Pacific (Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer DeDominici, Nellie Forbush)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Saturday Morning Cartoon: Franz Schubert and Casper

It's time for a Saturday morning cartoon!

In honor of Franz Schubert's birthday yesterday (born January 31, 1797), here's a cute one where Casper the Friendly Ghost tries to help him complete the "Unfinished Symphony."

"Boo Bop," Casper the Friendly Ghost, from 1957

Thursday, December 5, 2013

24-hour ticket pre-sale starts today (Dec. 5) at 4 pm for Central City Opera's THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Carrie Underwood stars in tonight's broadcast on NBC.
Tune in tonight at 7 pm MST to see Carrie Underwood star in NBC's (Channel 9 in Denver) The Sound of Music Live. Next summer, you'll have the opportunity to see Central City Opera's production of this renowned family classic in person with a live orchestra in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House August 2 through 10. And starting tonight at 4 pm, you will have 24 hours to purchase tickets to our 2014 production of The Sound of Music during a special pre-sale.

The Sound of Music in Denver
Get the best seats now before tickets officially go on sale on January 2. Tickets range from $30 to $106. Purchase tickets online for 24 hours starting at 4 pm today. From 10 am to 4 pm Friday, you can also purchase by calling CCO’s Box Office at 303-292-6700 or by visiting the Box Office at 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 525 in Glendale.

Central City Opera will also be live-Tweeting during tonight's broadcast for the Mountain Time Zone. If you're watching it one-hour delayed from the East Coast version, join us in the discussion @ccityopera!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Welcome November with a Free Desktop Calendar

Happy November!

Every month, we upload a new desktop calendar to our website, which you can download for FREE. This month's photo features one of the lovely houses you can visit during the L'Esprit de Noël Home Tour later this month.

Need help with some holiday gift ideas? L'Esprit also features a FREE boutique filled with all sorts of goodies. Proceeds from the tour and the boutique go towards Central City Opera's programs throughout the year.

Download your calendar today! There are two sizes to choose from, depending on the dimensions of your screen.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Sound of Music....Horror Film?

Happy Halloween!

The 1965 Julie Andrews film The Sound of Music has become such an icon of American culture, it can't help but be parodied. Quite often. One popular theme is to reset this sweet movie as a horror film. We've been featuring several of these "trailers" on our Facebook page throughout the week, and here's a culmination of the best ones we've found. Which is your favorite?

"The Sound of Music (Horror Trailer)" by MNMantylaVideo
This trailer is part The Sound of Music, part The Turn of the Screw. "You are the twelfth in a long line of governesses....the last one, she stayed only two hours."

"The Sound of Music Recut Trailer - Horror" by chuck13171
I rather like the pacing of the soundtrack and the editing in this particular trailer. "Mother, would it help if we sang about our favorite things?" "No, darling, this is one time it would NOT help." 

This one focuses on Captain von Trapp. Should it be The Sound of Murder instead?

Just when they thought it was safe...

"Sound Of Music Recut Trailer (HORROR)" by Hannah OneTwoNine
Everyone loves Maria...almost everyone...

"The Sound Of Music RECUT" by BoundlessProductions
And finally, remember how Maria mentions "perhaps I had a wicked childhood"?...

Remember, you can see the not-so-horror-filled stage version of The Sound of Music in August 2014, when Central City Opera performs the show at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Nun Day: Happy Birthday, Mother Teresa!

Looking ahead to next year’s productions of Dead Man Walking and The Sound of Music, we are launching an occasional “Monday Nun Day” series. Today’s date just happens to coincide with the birthday of one of the world’s most famous nuns, Mother Teresa, born August 26, 1910. In 1999, a poll of Americans ranked her first in Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.