Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: August 2 to 10, 2014

 

Denver Comes Alive With the Sound of Music - Central City Opera to Perform August 2 to 10

 

Central City Opera will enchant audiences young and old with one of the most popular musicals of all time: the Sound Of Music by Rodgers And Hammerstein.

 

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Denver, Colorado, July 24, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - Audiences of all ages can hum along to their favorite songs when Central City Opera (CCO) brings to Denver one of the most popular Broadway productions of all time, The Sound of Music. The Tony Award winning musical, which was also a five-time Academy Award winning movie, is CCO’s final production for the 2014 Festival and will be performed at the DPAC’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House (1101 13th St, Denver, CO) for seven performances from August 2 through August 10.
 
The Sound of Music will be performed in English with a full live orchestra. Single tickets range from $30 to $106.
 
The director of last summer's Our Town, Oklahoma! in 2012, and 2011’s three one-acts, Ken Cazan returns to CCO to direct Sound of Music (and Dead Man Walking) in 2014 after his other recent credits with the company include Three Decembers (2010), A Little Night Music (2009) and the sold-out West Side Story (2008). Mr. Cazan is one of America's most sought-after directors, having staged more than 150 productions of opera, musical theater, and plays in North America, Mexico and Europe.
 
Rising conductor Craig Kier* makes his CCO debut. He recently made his Glimmerglass Festival debut conducting Weill's Lost in the Stars, and at The Royal Opera House’s The Music Man. He has conducted with the Santa Fe Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Seattle Opera, and others. Locally, Mr. Kier previously served on the music staff of Opera Colorado and was on the faculty of the Opera Theatre of the Rockies Vocal Arts Symposium.
 
British Soprano Katherine Manley returns to CCO to perform as Maria, a role she performed to great acclaim with Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2011/12. Ms. Manley made her U.S. and CCO debuts as Oriana in Amadigi di Gaula (2011). Most recently, Ms. Manley performed Euridice in La descente d’Orphée with Wigmore Hall and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady with Théâtre du Châtelet.
 
Baritone Troy Cook returns to CCO to perform the role of Captain Georg von Trapp, after his performances as Gaylord Ravenal in last year’s acclaimed Show Boat. In 2012, he made his CCO debut as Marcello in La bohème, a role he has performed often including the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Semperoper Dresden in Germany.
 
London-based American-born soprano Lucy Schaufer* makes her CCO debut in the role of Baroness Elsa Schraeder. She has performed all over the world in roles including Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with New Zealand Opera, Ma Moss in The Tender Land with Opéra de Lyon, Page in Salome, Blumenmadchen in Parsifal and Suzuki in Madama Butterly with the Metropolitan Opera, and many more.
 
Tenor Ian O’Brien returns to CCO for the role of Rolf, after performing the role of Ambrogio last year in The Barber of Seville. He was previously a CCO Bonfils-Stanton Studio Artist and was the recipient of the company’s John & Ginney Starkey Award. A 2014 CCO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist, soprano Julie Tabash* makes her debut with the company as the eldest daughter of the Von Trapp family, Liesl.
 
Mother Abbess will be played by mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak, who returns this summer following her role as Mrs. Grose in 2012’s The Turn of the Screw. Ms. Zifchak also sang the role of Mrs. Patrick De Rocher in this year’s Dead Man Walking.  Ms. Zifchak made her CCO debut as Madame de la Haltière in Cendrillon (2007), and as Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia and Mrs. McLean in Susannah (2008). A frequent performer with the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Zifchak has performed there as Annina in La Traviata, Inez in Il Trovatore, Kasturbai in Satyagraha, Brian's Mother in Two Boys, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.
 
A company veteran, baritone Robert Orth makes his return to CCO to perform the role of Max Detweiler, following his acclaimed performances in the role of Frederik Egerman in A Little Night Music (2009), Horace Tabor in the 50th anniversary production of The Ballad of Baby Doe (2006), Lescaut in Manon (1994), and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (1991). Mr. Orth was highly touted for his portrayal of the role of Richard Nixon in Nixon in China, which he performed with Opera Colorado. He is also performing the role of Owen Hart in this summer’s Dead Man Walking.
 
The additional Von Trapp children will be played by members of the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and members of CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program round out the remainder of the cast.                           
 
For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

 

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Colorado, Denver, Event Date: August 2 to 10, 2014

Denver Comes Alive With the Sound of Music - Central City Opera to Perform August 2 to 10

Audiences of all ages can hum along to their favorite songs when Central City Opera (CCO) brings to Denver one of the most popular Broadway productions of all time, The Sound of Music. The Tony Award winning musical, which was also a five-time Academy Award winning movie, is CCO’s final production for the 2014 Festival and will be performed at the DPAC’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House (1101 13th St, Denver, CO) for seven performances from August 2 through August 10. The additional Von Trapp children will be played by members of the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and members of CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program round out the remainder of the cast. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700. The Sound of Music will be performed in English with a full live orchestra. Single tickets range from $30 to $106.

 

 

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