‘Carmen’ and ‘Così’ highlight Central City Opera’s summer season

For 2017, all performances will be in Central City

By Peter Alexander

Central City Opera Opening Night 2006- Page 2 of Book

Opening Night at Central City Opera. Photo courtesy of Central City Opera.

Central City Opera (CCO) is offering two operatic mainstays in their historic 1878 opera house this summer, Bizet’s Carmen (July 8–Aug. 6) and Mozart’s Così fan tutte (July 15–Aug. 4).

Carmen and Così are joined on the Central City season by limited performances of three short operas presented in smaller venues in Central City (July 26–Aug. 4): The Burning Fiery Furnace by Benjamin Britten, The Cabildo by Amy Beach, and Gallantry by Douglas Moore. Though little known, these works are an important part of CCO’s long-term goal.

“We’re doing this to build new audiences,” Pat Pearce, CCO’s artistic director, says. “Come up and see one of these one-acts! You’re out in an hour, and it’s in English.”

The two mainstage productions appear to be worlds apart. Carmen is a gritty story about a decent man destroyed by his fatal passion for an untamed Gypsy, Così fan tutte an artificial semi-comedy about two pairs of lovers. But beneath the surface, both works explore the same emotions: love, jealousy, anger.

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Summer 2017

Georges Bizet: Carmen
Central City Opera House
Matinees at 2:30 p.m.: July 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 26, 30, Aug 3, 6
Evenings at 8 p.m.: July 8, 20, 28; Aug. 1

Mozart: Così fan tutte
Central City Opera House
Matinees at 2:30 p.m.: July 19, 23, 25, 19, Aug. 2, 4
Evenings at 8 p.m.: July 15, 21, 27

Benjamin Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace
The Martin Foundry, Central City
12 noon July 26 and Aug. 2
5 p.m. July 27

Amy Beach: The Cabildo
Williams Stables, Central City
8 p.m. July 26, 29, Aug. 2 (Double feature with Gallantry)

Douglas Moore: Gallantry
Williams Stable
8 p.m. July 26, 29, Aug. 2 (Double feature with The Cabildo)
12 noon Aug. 3 and 4




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