Central City Opera and CU Opera to Perform at WSC, Nov. 11
Nov. 11, 2010 -- Central City Opera (CCO) and University of Colorado (CU) Opera will perform at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) on Thursday, Nov. 11. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Quigley Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.
A 90-minute program of staged scenes, "Divas and Demons", features spooky and splashy characters from the gypsy queen Carmen to the murderous Mephistopheles. Audiences will enjoy popular selections including the “Drinking Song” from "La Traviata", “Toreador” from "Carmen" and Mephistophele’s aria from "Faust," as well as duets and arias from "Don Pasquale", "I Pagliacci", "The Medium", "Sweeney Todd" and more.
Performing for student and community audiences are members of Central City Opera’s 2010 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artist Training Program including sopranos Audra Gardner and Alisa Jordheim and baritone Jeffrey Seppala. Recognized as one of the most effective and competitive career-entry training programs in the country, CCO’s Artist Training Program has earned international acclaim. Graduate and doctoral level students in CU’s Opera Theatre program make up the remainder of the roster for the tour and include: tenor, John Lindsey; mezzo soprano, Nicole Vogel; and bass, Wu Wei (a member of CCO’s Artist Training Program in 2007), along with pianist, Michael Tilley.
Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs have visited more than 100 communities across Colorado, reaching approximately 100,000 people each year, making it one of the most active opera companies in the nation in education and community services.
The Opera Rocks the Rockies tour is sponsored in part by Colorado Creative Industries, the National Endowment for the Arts, EnCana, the Harold and Louis Price Foundation, Wells Fargo and Excel Energy.