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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Presto! Feel the Magic of Opera with Upcoming Denver-Area Events

Central City Opera is proud to present our North American premiere Amadigi di Gaula, opening this weekend on July 2nd.  It's a wonderful opera by Händel - we bet you all recognize the Hallelujah Chorus from his famous "Messiah".  However, since our opera has never been fully produced on this continent before, it's not one that a lot of people go around humming every day.  It doesn't take a wizard to know we're headed out to various Denver events in the next few weeks to give you a preview. We hope to see you up "on the hill" for the full opera! (We even have a kid-friendly version of it in Central City on August 4th, see details below.)

Amadigi di Gaula [pronounced Ah-mah-DEE-jee dee GOW-la] is filled with knights and sorcery, so we've paired up with The Wizard's Chest and other great organizations to bring this "magic opera" to you. Check us out at the following events.  You can visit the Presto! webpage for further details:

July 2 and 3 - Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Central City Opera will be performing "Random Acts of Opera" (including other favorite opera tunes) on the bridge at The Wizard's Chest and throughout the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Free.

July 14 - Colorado Shakespeare Festival, CU Boulder

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Green Show performances of opera and magic. Free.

July 17 - Magic & Mystery at the Children's Museum of Denver

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Opera and magic on the plaza.  Events included with Museum admission.

August 4 - Family Matinee of Amadigi di Gaula and The Wizard's Chest Costume Day at the Opera

This day is filled with multiple kid-friendly opportunities in Central City to get to know Amadigi di Gaula.

1:00 p.m. Take a Child to the Opera, Williams Stables. Interactive games and activities. $10.
2:00 p.m. Magic Show and Costume Contest, Opera House Gardens. Free.
2:30 p.m. Family Matinee of Amadigi di Gaula, Opera House. This special performance includes a narrator's preview before each act and an autograph session with the singers.  Tickets just $15 (kids 6-18) and $20 for adults.  Perfect for ages 6 and up.

AND...The Wizard's Chest has a special treat for you while you're gathering your own magical costume supplies: Mention Central City Opera or use the code WIZARD online and you'll receive 25% off your total purchase through September!

Want to learn more about Amadigi di Gaula? Check out our past Amadigi blog posts for an interview with leading man Christopher Ainslie, insider photographs, a discussion on how the opera relates to Don Quixote and more.

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