2022 Festival Program

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Celebrating 90 Years


2022 Festival




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Artistic Director’s Letter Board Co-Chairs' Letter Board of Directors | Volunteer Leadership


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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Education & Community Engagement Preserving the Past



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Company Profiles Apprentice Artists Studio Artists Festival Orchestra Administration Remembering John Moriarty


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L'Esprit de Noël Theatre of Dreams Gala Community Support Voice Your Dreams Campaign Yellow Rose Society Celebrating a Legend - Nancy Brittain Central City Opera Guild Tributes In Honor | In Memory Flower Girls Special Thanks and Gifts In-Kind


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Repertory Credits and Acknowledgements Advertiser Index

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Pelham G. Pearce, Jr.

OPERA IS ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING ARTFORMS TO PRODUCE. Voices, instruments, costumes, sets, lights, wigs, and makeup — creating opera means getting a whole village on the same page. The melding of all visual and performing arts, creators at the top of their game, the collaborative spirit that brings them together. That’s what makes opera exceptional. Then, the element that further defines the individuality of any performance — the theater, the space where audiences experience it. The Central City Opera House balances intimacy and grandeur; history and verve, it’s an ideal place to discover great storytelling. We believe that voicing human experiences can change lives and make us better people – more empathetic to communities and places we do not yet know. We believe that this multifaceted artform forges deep connections between people, regardless of background, through unique storytelling. Our ability to create impactful, soul-stirring, life-changing experiences anchored in this special place is why we are all involved with Central City Opera. Please join me in supporting this company and its work to help ensure that these experiences are around forever. You are the people who know how unique this is. You are the people who sit here in the dark and are transported by what you have seen on stage. You are a part of Central City Opera. Opera takes a village, and that village includes you. Sincerely,

Pelham G. Pearce, Jr. Artistic Director

WELCOMING PRESIDENT & CEO Pamela A. Pantos It is an honor to join Central City Opera as its new President & CEO. This company is a treasure and I look forward to furthering its upwards trajectory and continued success. CCO’s combination of the performing arts and historic preservation is unique in the operatic landscape and distinguishes the company nationally. Simultaneously, its stunning and significant location and dedication to outstanding opera offer a plethora of opportunities for both CCO and the greater community. I look forward to upholding the CCO vision and providing leadership planning over the next ten years as the company begins to look to its Centennial. I would like to thank all of the staff, Board members, and patrons for their kindness and generosity. I would especially like to recognize our Board Co-Chairs, Anne McGonagle and Roopesh Aggarwal for their amazing leadership and guidance, and Pat Pearce for his collaborative spirit and artistic creativity. Finally, I would like to personally thank all of you for taking part in the 90th Anniversary Season and for your continued support of Central City Opera. Enjoy the spectacular performances! All my best, Pamela A. Pantos

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Roopesh Aggarwal and Anne McGonagle

WELCOME TO CENTRAL CITY OPERA’S 90th ANNIVERSARY SEASON! In 1932 two dedicated women, Anne Evans and Ida Kruse McFarlane, saved our historic opera house through the formation of the Central City Opera House Association. The foundation of this company is built on their generosity of spirit – a spirit that prevails today, taking us into the future. As we all emerge from an extremely challenging two years, we reflect on the resiliency of our founders and those who came before us. After facing many highs and lows over 90 years, Central City Opera is still here – and thriving. We wish to express gratitude to the following individuals and organizations for being a part of our journey: • The residents and community leaders of Central City for supporting the arts, especially during the last two years; • The Central City Opera staff for bringing us out of the pandemic stronger than we entered; • The Board of Directors, Honorary Board and all of our volunteers who have dedicated their time and resources to this organization; • All of our patrons, subscribers, volunteers, corporate partners and generous donors for your continued dedication to Central City Opera. While we are thrilled to have reached this anniversary milestone, we have our sights set on the future. The Board of Directors has laid out ambitious goals in a new five-year strategic plan and appointed a new President and CEO, Pamela A. Pantos, to put this plan into action. Exciting work has already started to take shape including returning our festival offerings to three mainstage productions, planning for greater use of our historic properties and expanding Central City Opera’s reach through new programs. We are also in the final stages of our Voice Your Dreams endowment campaign - a critical part of shepherding Central City Opera toward a sustainable financial future. The campaign is building a lasting foundation for future generations to experience the extraordinary music and history that we enjoy today. Thank you those who have already contributed and we ask all patrons to consider making a campaign gift and be a part of a legacy that will endure for years to come. Again, thank you for being a part of the past, present, and future of Central City Opera.

Roopesh Aggarwal and Anne McGonagle Co-Chairs, Central City Opera Board of Directors


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Anne McGonagle, Co-Chair Roopesh Aggarwal, Co-Chair Susan B. Rawley, Vice Chair Sarah Woods, Secretary John Kure, Treasurer Nancy S. Parker, Chair Emeritus J. Landis Martin, Chair Emeritus Daniel L. Ritchie, Chair Emeritus Dr. Gregg Kvistad, Former Co-Chair

Louise Atkinson President, Central City Opera Guild

J. Landis Martin President

Dr. Jeremy Haefner Chancellor, University of Denver

Nancy S. Parker Secretary/Treasurer

The Honorable Michael B. Hancock Mayor, City of Denver

Roopesh Aggarwal Dr. Gregg Kvistad Jim Palenchar Julia Secor Robert A. Unger

Margaret Baker Pamela Bansbach Kristin Bender Linda Fullerton Clark Melinda Couzens Christina Dinegar Ronald Engels Richard A. Goozh Lisa Haselden Kevin Kearney Heather Kemper Miller Jon Montague-Clouse Karen Ritz Laura Trask Schneider Eli Wald Tim Walker Brian M. Weldon Robert “Sonny” Wiegand II Carole J. Yaley HONORARY BOARD Gerald Bader The Honorable Jack W. Berryhill Barbara Danos Robert A. Ellis Barbara Ferguson Jeannie Fuller Gail Gordon James R. Hilger, Jr. Michael Huseby Larry J. Manion Hilton G. Martin J. Landis Martin Edward C. Nichols Daniel L. Ritchie Robert D. Showalter Phoebe Smedley George Ann Victor

The Honorable Jeremy Fey Mayor, City of Central The Honorable Jared Polis Governor, State of Colorado Central City Opera continues to build its advocacy councils to represent the company and to bring an important perspective regarding trends throughout the world of opera. NATIONAL ADVOCACY COUNCIL Elisabeth M. Armstrong, Chair Dallas, TX Alice Bass Dallas, TX Robert A. Ellis San Francisco, CA

VOICE YOUR DREAMS ENDOWMENT CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Anne McGonagle Chair Lanny and Sharon Martin Honorary Chairs Melinda Couzens Richard Goozh Heidi Hoyt Ed Nichols Nancy S. Parker Karen Ritz Robert “Sonny” Wiegand II

Eva Womack Austin, TX REGIONAL ADVOCACY COUNCIL Judeth Comstock Tricia Dickinson William Lynn Dixon Nancy Hemming Tammy and Tom Kenning Marcia Ragonetti Karen Ritz Linda Weise Andrew Yarosh

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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation ARTISTS TRAINING PROGRAM

WHAT DOES IT TAKE for thousands of singers to prepare for opera company auditions held around the country? For those hoping to claim a prestigious spot in Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program during the annual summer festival, it takes a solid educational and performance background, along with a serious desire to make it in the opera world. Performing at 8,500 feet above sea level is no small task, as the 30 handpicked trainees find out when they arrive for the intense 10-week experience. “Our program has a charming theater camp atmosphere,” said program director Michael Baitzer. “Only here, you’re

training vigorously during the day before performing in front of paying audiences—while getting paid yourself.” In 1978, Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty envisioned a program where young singers would receive innovative coaching and training in diction, movement, acting, stage technique and career preparation. Mr. Moriarty sadly passed in early 2022, but his legacy continues as program participants live and work sideby-side with mainstage principal artists, getting the opportunity to perform in secondary and chorus roles while soaking up lessons from the rigorous daily schedule.

left: michelle monroe in dido and aeneas, 2021, photo by amanda tipton. right: john moriarty coaching apprentice artists, photo by mark kiryluk; rigoletto, 2021, photo by amanda tipton.


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Performing at 8,500 feet above sea level is no small task, as the 30 handpicked trainees find out when they arrive for the intense 10-week experience. Categorized into Apprentice Artist and Studio Artist tiers, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program has become a national model for the professional development of young singers. Apprentice Artists have usually graduated from advanced degree programs and are continuing to mold a lasting career in opera. Studio Artists are often in the process of completing degrees in performance and are seeking professional experience beyond their school. Both tiers earn a salary and the opportunity to perform in professional productions attended by reviewers, management representatives, and representatives from other opera companies makes the program priceless.

Two-time Apprentice Artist (2019, 2021) Mezzosoprano Michelle Monroe shared that one of the most rewarding aspects of being in the program is the opportunity to observe the principal artists at work. “I learned so much from watching them in rehearsal and seeing the level of preparation that they bring to the role. It’s really inspired me going forward in my career.” In addition to supporting roles in Die Fledermaus and The Light in the Piazza, you can catch the young artists performing during the festival at Short Works, Lunch & A Song recitals and as featured performers in Two Remain. To learn more about the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, go to centralcityopera.org/ artists-training-program.

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Education & Community Engagement

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“How thrilling it was to watch Central City Opera and to see and hear the engagement and excitement in our kids and staff. I can't imagine a better way to bring live music back into our school and community!” – Angela Howard, music teacher, Independence Elementary, Aurora, CO. “WOOO! YAY! BRAVO!” Independence Elementary students and teachers cheered enthusiastically for Central City Opera Touring Artists at a performance of Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World. The singers reacted to the audience, bringing an energy that was electrifying. This was the first time this new addition to CCO’s Education repertoire was performed in front of a school audience. Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World tells the true story of a young Mexican girl overcoming her fears and befriending the famous painter.


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Colorado’s Hispanic/Latinx community makes up 21 percent of the state’s population, and that number is even higher in the Denver metro area. This production, created and performed by a diverse group of people, including Hispanic/Latinx artists, gives kids a chance to see themselves reflected on stage and shows that they too can find a place in the performing arts. Students of all backgrounds have reacted positively to the new production, which has been affirming and meaningful to everyone involved.

Education Team and Touring Artists Emily Murdock, Director of Education & Community Engagement Margaret Ozaki Graves, Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement


Another in-person school program debuted by Central City Opera this year was “Shakespeare into Music: Romeo and Juliet.” Students learned how composers, librettists, and lyricists transformed the play into opera and musical theater by watching live excerpts from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi. CCO’s Touring Artists performed the program for two Denver middle schools and the nearly 700 students were rowdy and rambunctious—and totally engaged. After two years of primarily digital programming, Central City Opera’s Education & Community Engagement artists are thrilled to be back in schools and community venues, giving children, families, and communities the chance to experience the magic and wonder of opera – sometimes for the first time. Young audiences respond to live performance honestly, purely and immediately. If kids react to opera in a positive way, the performers know they’ve hit a home run. ¡Viva la opera!

“I loved the opera and...I liked how loud their singing was!” – A third grader from Independence Elementary, Aurora, CO.

Steven Aguiló-Arbues, Piano Alice Alister, Production Assistant Jason Baldwin, Tenor* Miguel Ángel Ortega Bañales, Tenor Sarah Barber, Mezzo-Soprano* Iliana Lucero Barron, Director* Mallory Bernstein, Piano Adam Buer, Classical Guitar Ruth L. Carver, Soprano and Yoga Instructor* Jenna Clark, Mezzo-Soprano Judeth Shay Comstock, Soprano* Christie Conover, Soprano Armando Contreras, Baritone Jennifer DeDominici, Mezzo-Soprano* Kira Dills-DeSurra, Mezzo-Soprano Adam Ewing, Baritone Phoenix Gayles, Soprano Kristin Gornstein, Mezzo-Soprano Daniela Guzmán-Égüez, Soprano Paul Griggsby, Bass-Baritone Michael Hoffman, Tenor Jenée Luquette James, Soprano Christiana Danaé Maldonado, Soprano Melaina Mills, Soprano Emily Murdock, Soprano* Zeky Nadji, Baritone* Margaret Ozaki Graves, Soprano* Sara Parkinson, Piano Amanda Raddatz, Soprano Marcia Ragonetti, Mezzo-Soprano Chad Reagan, Baritone Pablo Romero, Tenor Deborah Schmit-Lobis, Piano, Composer/Arranger* John Seesholtz, Baritone Margaret Siegrist, Mezzo-Soprano Jeremy Reger, Piano Jerome Síbulo, Baritone Leslie Remmert Soich, Mezzo-Soprano Kim Stanish, Mezzo-Soprano Erin Joy Swank, Stage Manager* Steven Taylor, Baritone Michelle Diggs Thompson, Soprano Bradley Thompson, Baritone* Malcolm Ulbrick, Baritone Travis Yamamoto, Piano Joshua Zabatta, Tenor *designates Teaching Artist

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Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS Renée Fleming, co-artistic director Patrick Summers, co-artistic director The ground-breaking Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS program launched in summer 2021 and comes into full bloom in 2022. Productions feature the ravishing voices of the program’s young artists.

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Preserving the Past

The Teller House Turns 150


Constructing a grand hotel was part of a thoughtful strategy to show investors that Central City was a legitimate and permanent mining town worth investing in.


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ONCE BILLED AS “THE FINEST HOTEL WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI,” the Teller House in Central City has stood through the passage of time to forge a unique place in Colorado history. Currently owned by the Central City Opera House Endowment Fund, the fourstory, Romanesque Revival-style building was built in 1872 by prominent Central City businessman, lawyer and banker Henry M. Teller. He was one of Colorado’s first senators, and the first Coloradoan appointed to a Cabinet post as Secretary of the Interior. Before the Teller House, local lodging was only available in shared boarding houses. Constructing a grand hotel was part of a thoughtful strategy to show investors that Central City was a legitimate, permanent mining town worth investing in. During that time, some mining towns throughout the country were becoming notorious for tricking investors into poor property deals in their regions.

On the National Register of Historic Places, it serves as a living museum of Victorian artifacts and furniture once belonging to Baby Doe Tabor and Governor John Evans.

The estimated cost to build the hotel was $100,000 — over $3 million in today’s currency. Teller spared no expense in building and decorating his hotel, including constructing it out of brick in the mostly wooden town. At that time, the Teller House was the largest hotel in Colorado outside of Denver with 150 rooms, a laundry room and a number of local businesses and shops, including the Colorado Telephone Company, now known as CenturyLink. A single 10x10 foot room cost $3.00 per night. In 1873, President Ulysses S. Grant visited Central City and hotel staff laid $20,000 worth of silver bars from the Caribou Mine on the front sidewalk of the Teller House for the President to walk on. But Grant did not want to appear to be favoring or dismissing the silver by walking on it, so he used a different entrance.

When the local gold rush ended, Central City began a downward trend and the grand hotel fell into disrepair. The property was passed to Henry Teller’s two sons and daughter who sold the building to the Central City Opera House Association in 1933. It remained in use as a hotel until 1969. After gambling was legalized in 1991, the Teller House was leased to a Swiss company that paid for renovations to accommodate an upscale restaurant and a casino on the first floor. The Swiss company opted out of their lease in 2004 and the title for the Teller House was taken back by Central City Opera.

Today, the Teller House plays a pivotal role in the summer opera festival as the location for the company’s box office and gift shop, as well as opera recitals, receptions, events and of course, the famous Face Bar. On the National Register of Historic Places, it serves as a living museum of Victorian artifacts and furniture once belonging to Baby Doe Tabor and Governor John Evans. Over the years, roughly $17 million has been spent on remodeling. Thanks to a grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund, work will begin following the festival to rehabilitate a significant section of the roof, replace the deck above the Assay Office and improve the drainage and landscaping in the garden between the Teller House and the Opera House. Additional support for this important preservation work has been provided by the Lloyd J. & Eleanor R. King Foundation, the National Trust Preservation Fund, Gates Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, El Pomar Foundation and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. To learn more about historic preservation in Central City, visit centralcityopera.org/history.

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A Foundation of Excellence. In 1974 Duain Wolfe formed a children’s choir for Central City Opera’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and from there the Colorado Children’s Chorale was born.

We salute you on

90 amazing years!

Since that time, Chorale children have appeared in more than 35 Central City Opera productions. We look forward to the next 90 years of collaboration.



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Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co., owner of the original motion picture “Light In The Piazza” based on the novel by Elisabeth Spencer. The Light in the Piazza is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. concordtheatricals.com

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The conductor’s podium is endowed in perpetuity by the Eleanore Mullen Weckbaugh Foundation. Scenery built by You Want What? Production, Inc, Englewood, CO. Clara costumes built by Utah Opera Costume Shop. Margaret and Franca costumes built by Tasco Couture. Additional rental costumes provided by Western Costume Co., North Hollywood, CA; Costume Rentals Corporation, North Hollywood, CA; and Space City Vintage, Los Angeles, CA. This production is presented by Pamela and Louis Bansbach.

CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL SPONSORS Avenir Foundation, Inc. • Pamela and Louis Bansbach • Central City Opera House Association Endowment Fund Colorado Creative Industries • Lanny and Sharon Martin • Heather and Mike Miller Citizens of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District • U.S. Small Business Administration PRESENTING SPONSORS Bonfils-Stanton Foundation • The Denver Foundation • Tyson Dines III • Mr. Newell M. Grant • John W. Kure and Cheryl L. Solich Lizabeth A. Lynner and James L. Palenchar • The Virginia W. Hill Foundation PRODUCTION SPONSORS Margaret and Stan Baker • City of Central • Ginny and Bob Fuller • Mabel Y. Hughes Charitable Trust • Nancy S. Parker PERFORMANCE SPONSORS Anschutz Foundation • Kristin and Jim Bender • Melinda and John Couzens • Mrs. Charles L. Ferguson • Jeanne Land Foundation Diana W. and F. Michael Kinsey • Lloyd J. King and Eleanor R. King Foundation • The Priester Foundation Karen and Andrew Ritz • Phoebe Smedley • Pam and Sonny Wiegand • Carole J. Yaley


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Synopsis IN THE SUMMER OF 1953, Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring Italy with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara – a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman – loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As events unfold, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well.

Scenes and Musical Numbers ACT ONE Overture “Statues and Stories”................... Margaret, Clara and Ensemble “The Beauty Is”............................. Clara “Il Mondo Era Vuoto”.................... Fabrizio “American Dancing”..................... Instrumental “Passeggiata”............................... Fabrizio “The Joy You Feel”....................... Franca “Dividing Day”............................... Margaret “Hysteria” / “Lullaby”.................... Clara and Margaret “Say It Somehow”......................... Clara and Fabrizio

ACT TWO “Aiutami”....................................... Fabrizio, Signor Naccarelli, Signora Naccarelli, Franca and Giuseppe “The Light in the Piazza”............... Clara “Octet (Part 1)”............................. Clara, Priest, Franca, Signor Naccarelli, Signora Naccarelli, Fabrizio, Margaret and Giuseppe “Clara’s Tirade”............................. Clara “Octet (Part 2)”............................. Full Company “The Beauty Is (Reprise)”............. Margaret “Let’s Walk”................................... Margaret and Signor Naccarelli “Clara’s Interlude”......................... Clara “Love to Me”................................. Fabrizio “Fable”........................................... Margaret

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While it is easy to get swept away in the romance of Clara and Fabrizio’s love-at-first-sight romance, it’s Margaret Johnson’s character that gives us the conflict of the piece – a struggle between the head and the heart.


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It was no surprise to anyone when the musical won the Tony Award for Best Original Score (along with five other Tony Awards) in 2005.

IN 2005, The Light in the Piazza emerged on the Broadway scene with a score that broke away from the more traditional “Tin Pan Alley” popular musical sound which had dominated Broadway musicals for decades. Shows like Hair and Rent were the exception, not the rule, until the early 2000s were flooded with lyricists and composers who brought new, modern, heartfelt works into the mix.

Composer Adam Guettel is the grandson of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers and the son of Mary Rodgers, who composed the popular musical Once Upon A Mattress. Guettel originally didn’t want to become a musical theater composer because it was the “family business.” However, his desire to tell stories through music was hard to avoid and he felt it was the best way for him to express love. While Guettel’s work nods to musicals from the golden age of Broadway, his work is also heavily influenced by opera, jazz, rock and classical music – all blending together to create a unique, multifaceted sound for the modern era of American musical theater. With a mix of English and Italian lyrics and music that is more operatic and classically influenced, The Light in the Piazza is filled with the sound of romance as well

as some unexpected harmonies and instrumentation – perfectly matching the story. It was no surprise to anyone when the musical won the Tony Award for Best Original Score (along with five other Tony Awards) in 2005. The story is based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer (adapted for the stage by Craig Lucas). Spencer’s early novels focused on life in a rural Southern town, but after a Guggenheim Fellowship gave her the opportunity to go to Italy for a year, she created a story centered on a character, Margaret Johnson, who reflected Spencer’s southern roots and the American romanticization of Post-War Italy in the 1950s. While it is easy to get swept away in the romance of Clara and Fabrizio’s love-at-first-sight romance, it’s Margaret Johnson’s character that gives us the conflict of the piece – a struggle between the head and the heart. This characterization is the most reflective of the complexity of Guettel’s score. We follow Margaret through a touching, heart-wrenching, and life-changing experience and in the end, we all start to see a glimmer of light.

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...this unique piece of contemporary musical theatre has already left an indelible impression on me and on the cast and designers...in the time leading up to the rehearsal period.

IT IS ALWAYS CHALLENGING to share my thoughts on a production months before a show’s rehearsal period has taken place. So much changes in the rehearsal hall once we are all together and creating. That said, this unique piece of contemporary musical theatre has already left an indelible impression on me and on the cast and designers I have communicated with in the time leading up to the rehearsal period. The story of The Light in the Piazza is an unusual one for musical theatre. At first all seems straightforward: in the mid-1950s, a mother (Margaret) and her daughter (Clara) are taking a dream trip to Florence (Firenze), Italy. Margaret hopes to recapture a bygone era of romance in her life. Clara is just grateful and excited to be there, perhaps sensing that something extraordinary is about to happen for and to her.

The tension in the piece comes through Clara’s notimmediately perceptible neurodivergent disorder, due to a childhood accident. Her over-protective mother, a pre-WWII era bride, has her own journey to embark on. It is a journey to accepting that Clara deserves to have a chance at a full adult life, a life of happiness with someone she loves, a life quasi-independent of a loving but cloying mother and a father who would just as soon institutionalize her. Even as Clara moves toward her chance at fulfillment, Margaret realizes that her own happiness is only going to come, first, through some painful personal revelations and self-honesty, to a more lucid revelation of what it will take for her to lead a positive, relatively happy existence. At the end, Margaret’s journey is just beginning.

Embarking on this adventure with a dream cast like the one assembled by Pat Pearce and John Baril is something I can strike from my bucket list. Most of the cast is comprised of dear friends: indeed, my closest friend and another very dear friend who I have known and watched grow since she was eighteen, portray the roles of Margaret and Clara. The design team is comprised of Arnulfo Maldonado, Tony nominated set designer for the Broadway hit A Strange Loop with whom I have been anxious to work for ages; my dear friend and workpartner, the lighting designer David Jacques, with whom I have done somewhere between 30-40 productions; and a young woman who I met when she was a junior in college and with whom I love to collaborate, Edina Hiser, is creating the stunning costumes for the production. A true “dream team.” This is Central City Opera’s forte, what it does best – it tells detailed, moving, thoughtful stories through excellence in internationally renowned first-rate performing talent and world-class visual artisans. This is the kind of theatre that leaves an audience talking long into the night and beyond, for years to come. Long live the Central City Opera and its ethos of dramatic and musical excellence. Ken Cazan

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* Conducting July 19 & July 26 Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee

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The conductor’s podium is endowed in perpetuity by the Eleanore Mullen Weckbaugh Foundation. String Quartet arrangements by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Scenery is provided courtesy of Virginia Opera. Costumes courtesy of Utah Symphony and Opera. The matinee performance of this production on July 26 is presented by The Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee Performance Fund.

CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL SPONSORS Avenir Foundation, Inc. • Pamela and Louis Bansbach • Central City Opera House Association Endowment Fund Colorado Creative Industries • Lanny and Sharon Martin • Heather and Mike Miller Citizens of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District • U.S. Small Business Administration PRESENTING SPONSORS Bonfils-Stanton Foundation • The Denver Foundation • Tyson Dines III • Mr. Newell M. Grant • John W. Kure and Cheryl L. Solich Lizabeth A. Lynner and James L. Palenchar • The Virginia W. Hill Foundation PRODUCTION SPONSORS Nancy P. Brittain+ • Central City Opera Guild • Mr. and Mrs. John Grier • Monarch Casino Resort • Estate of James B. Steed PERFORMANCE SPONSORS Charles and Joan Albi • Estate of Valerie G. Brown • The Butler Family Fund of The Denver Foundation • Dave and Mary Wood Fund Robert A. Ellis • Jane Hascall • Jean and Larry Manion • National Christian Foundation – Colorado Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Schneider • Mr. and Mrs. Frederick K. Trask III • UMB Financial Corporation • Mr. and Mrs. Greg Woods


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Synopsis By Director Joachim Schamberger

VIENNA, LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY A while back, Gabriel von Eisenstein played a practical joke on his friend, Dr. Falke. After a costume ball, Eisenstein left Dr. Falke drunk and asleep on a park bench wearing not much more than a bat mask. The next morning, Dr. Falke awoke to find himself being laughed at by a crowd of onlookers. He was soon to be known as Dr. Fledermaus (Dr. Bat). Now the moment has come for “Die Rache der Fledermaus,” or “The revenge of the Bat.”

ACT ONE - GABRIEL VON EISENSTEIN’S HOUSE Long before Rosalinde married Eisenstein, she and Alfred had an affair while attending music conservatory. Alfred, still in love with her, is serenading Rosalinde in front of her house and she is having a hard time resisting his advances. Then Adele, a chambermaid, receives a letter from her sister, Ida, inviting her to a party hosted by Prince Orlovsky. Adele pretends her aunt is sick to get out of work, but Rosalinde doesn’t believe her story. Alfred suddenly hides when Eisenstein comes home with his lawyer, Dr. Blind. Eisenstein has been sentenced to eight days in jail for insulting a police officer. After blaming each other for the jail sentence, Eisenstein kicks Dr. Blind out. Dr. Falke arrives and encourages Eisenstein to delay his prison sentence in order to secretly attend Prince Orlovsky’s party. Dr. Falke convinces him to bring his “lady bait” (a charming little watch) to seduce the women and party like the good old days. Before Dr. Falke leaves, he secretly gives Rosalinde a letter telling her about Eisenstein’s plans and invites her to attend the party disguised as a Hungarian Countess. Rosalinde gives Adele the night off, Eisenstein says goodbye to his wife, and all three have a hard time hiding their excitement for the upcoming events. Alfred returns for a romantic tête-àtête with Rosalinde which is interrupted when the prison warden, Frank, and his ward, Frosch, come to escort Eisenstein to jail. To uphold Rosalinde’s reputation, Alfred pretends to be her husband

and goes to prison in Eisenstein’s place.

ACT TWO – THE CENTURY BALLROOM Dr. Falke is finalizing party preparations and instructing guests, including Prince Orlovsky and Adele’s sister Ida, to play their role in his practical joke on Eisenstein. Adele shows up in one of Rosalinde’s dresses, but she and Ida worry someone may recognize her. Dr. Falke suggests that Adele be introduced as a young actress, “Miss Olga.” Eisenstein arrives and is announced as “Marquis Renard.” Prince Orlovsky encourages him to partake in some Russian national customs. Then Eisenstein seems to recognize Adele, but she convincingly proves that she could never be a chambermaid.

Frank arrives and is announced as “Chevalier Chagrin,” meets “Marquis Renard” and the two “Frenchmen” quickly become friends. Dr. Falke asks the guests for their discretion as a “Hungarian Countess” will now join the party, but wishes to stay incognito. Eisenstein can’t wait to use his “lady bait” to seduce the mysterious stranger, who is non-other than his own wife. He not only fails to convince Rosalinde to remove her mask, but also loses his watch while trying. Adele and Eisenstein question if the “Countess” is truly Hungarian, but Rosalinde dissolves all doubt by singing the “music from her fatherland.” After a grand champagne toast, Dr. Falke suggests that all guests pledge eternal brotherhood. The clock strikes 6:00 a.m. and Eisenstein must leave in order to start his jail sentence. Dancing out arm in arm, neither “Marquis Renard” (Eisenstein) nor “Chevalier Chagrin” (Frank) realizes they will soon meet again at the jailhouse.

ACT THREE - THE LOCAL JAIL Alfred, still imprisoned as Eisenstein, has annoyed the jailer Frosch all night by singing opera. Then Frank arrives, still drunk from the party. As he begins to take a nap, Ida and Adele enter and confess that although Adele is really Eisenstein’s chambermaid, she wishes to be an actress and they ask for “Chevalier Chagrin’s” help to further Adele’s career. Eisenstein arrives and is delighted to learn that his friend “Chevalier Chagrin” is none other than Frank. Frank is confused and doubtful that his friend “Marquis Renard” is actually Eisenstein, since “Eisenstein” was already arrested last night before the ball. Rosalinde arrives to try to get Alfred out of jail. When the lawyer that Alfred had requested enters, it is not Dr. Blind, but Eisenstein in disguise. As Rosalinde and Alfred confess their flirtation, Eisenstein removes his disguise and accuses his wife of infidelity. Rosalinde the reveals the “lady bait” and Eisenstein is shocked to discover Rosalinde was the Hungarian Countess. Dr. Falke arrives with Prince Orlovsky and the party guests to reveal the entire charade was all his idea. Eisenstein receives his wife’s forgiveness and Dr. Falke enjoys “the revenge of the Bat.”

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The Die Fledermaus overture is wildly popular and fully encapsulates the sparkling brilliance of what has been called “one of the few masterpieces of Viennese operetta”


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DUBBED THE “WALTZ KING,” Austrian composer Johann Strauss II earned early fame as one of the most popular dance and waltz composers of the 19th century. Among his nearly 500 dance and waltz pieces is “The Blue Danube,” his most famous composition. However, if it were up to his father, successful composer Johann Strauss I, Strauss II likely would have been a banker. Strauss I did not want his son to follow in his footsteps and become a musician. In fact, he went so far as to physically beat his son to “beat the music out of him” in hopes that his son would give up music and go into banking. Strauss II defied him by studying the violin in secret with his mother’s encouragement and assistance from the first violinist of his father’s orchestra. It wasn’t until his father left his family for a mistress that Strauss II was able to receive proper training and fully focus on his musical aspirations. He quickly established himself as a composer and became his father’s most serious musical rival until his father’s death in 1849.

Die Fledermaus has become one of the most popular operettas ever to reach the stage.

Operetta was first created in Paris in 1850 but Vienna became the center for the genre in the 1870s. The growing demand for operettas was hard for Viennese composers to avoid. Initially, Strauss II did not want to risk damaging his reputation as a composer by attempting to write an operetta. His peers also discouraged him, however, his first wife, Jetty Treffz, was an opera singer and was convinced that his music was ideal for the stage. With the help of theatre director Max Steiner, Treffz was able to persuade Strauss II by creating lyrics for some of his melodies to demonstrate how effective the combination was. Die Fledermaus was his third operetta and it has become one of the most popular operettas ever to reach the stage. Die Fledermaus was based on a French vaudeville comedy and had to be reworked several times in order to appeal to the somewhat strict rules of conduct and sensibilities of Viennese audiences during the 1870s. While it was deemed inappropriate and scandalous by critics, the overture instantly charmed audiences and they were captivated by the frothy score and non-stop action of the piece. The Die Fledermaus overture is wildly popular and fully encapsulates the sparkling brilliance of what has been called “one of the few masterpieces of Viennese operetta” earning Strauss II his place as the most significant composer of German operetta.

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Based, in part, on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors: the Polish dissident Krystyna Zywulska (1914-1993) and the gay German Jew, Gad Beck (1923-2012). Source material for the libretto includes documents and journals in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Zywulska's I Survived Auschwitz (1946), as well as various interviews, including several collected from the film Paragraph 175, directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. (Copyright Reflexive Image, Inc. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.) This opera was commissioned by Music of Remembrance (Mina Miller, founder and artistic director) and made possible by a generous award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Music of Remembrance Commissioning Circle. First Performance: May 22, 2016 at Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaryoa Hall, Seattle, WA.

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This production features members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL SPONSORS Avenir Foundation, Inc. • Pamela and Louis Bansbach • Central City Opera House Association Endowment Fund Colorado Creative Industries • Lanny and Sharon Martin • Heather and Mike Miller Citizens of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District • U.S. Small Business Administration PRESENTING SPONSORS Bonfils-Stanton Foundation • The Denver Foundation • Tyson Dines III • Mr. Newell M. Grant • John W. Kure and Cheryl L. Solich Lizabeth A. Lynner and James L. Palenchar • The Virginia W. Hill Foundation PRODUCTION SPONSORS Richard and Doris Cross • Galen and Ada Belle Spencer Foundation • Anne and Tom McGonagle Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation • Buzz and George Ann Victor PERFORMANCE SPONSORS Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Bader, Jr. • Heidi Burose • El Pomar Foundation • Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Erzinger Beverlee Henry Fullerton • National Endowment for the Arts • Mr. Daniel L. Ritchie • Dr. Sarah K. Scott and Mr. Kevin Kearney Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Unger • Western Colorado Community Foundation • Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Woolley II


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Two Remain is based, in part, on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors: the Polish dissident Krystyna Zywulska (1914-1993) and the gay German Jew, Gad Beck (1923-2012).

ACT ONE “Krystyna” Her Jewish identity hidden, Krystyna Zywulska was a political prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In secret, she composed lyrics to inspire fellow prisoners, even as she carried out her harrowing job in the Effektenkammer: cataloguing the personal effects of thousands of women and children before they were murdered in the gas chambers next store. Many years after the war, she is asked by a journalist to share her stories and record them on a tape player. Haunted and helped by the ghosts of her past – Zosia, Edka, Mariola and her younger self, Krysia – she struggles to find the words.

ACT TWO “Gad” Gad Beck’s first true love was the poet Manfred Lewin, who was 19 when he and his entire family were murdered in Auschwitz. In the many years since the war, Gad has tried his best to forget what happened, but he keeps the book of Manfred’s original poems close by. As an old man, he is visited by Manfred’s ghost one night. As Manfred implores Gad to remember and celebrate their love, the painful truth of their stories and fates emerges. It is estimated that more than 100,000 men and women were imprisoned for homosexuality during the Holocaust; it is not known how many thousands were murdered. Even after the war was over, Paragraph 175, the German law prohibiting homosexuality, remained in effect until 1969.

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TWO REMAIN was originally created as three separate pieces for the Music of Remembrance organization. Through concerts, educational programs, recordings and commissioned pieces, the organization was formed to honor lives impacted by the Holocaust through music.

Inspired by the documentary film, Paragraph 175, Jake Heggie connected with librettist Gene Scheer to find a narrative that could fully capture the emotional weight of the subject matter.

In 2007, composer Jake Heggie accepted a commission from Music of Remembrance to create “For a Look or a Touch,” a work that speaks to the experiences of the German homosexual population, in both the oppression and resistance to it. Beginning in 1933, the Nazi regime harassed and dismantled Germany’s gay communities. They arrested about 100,000 men under Paragraph 175, the statute of the German criminal code that banned sexual relations between men. Approximately 50% of these men were convicted and between 5,000 and 15,000 men were imprisoned in concentration camps. Inspired by the documentary film, Paragraph 175, Heggie connected with librettist Gene Scheer to find a narrative that could fully capture the emotional weight of the subject matter. Scheer came across Manfred Lewin’s


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journal written for his lover, Gad Beck, and it became clear that these two pieces of inspiration should be the foundation for this commission. In 1942, Lewin and his family were taken to a predeportation camp. Beck donned a Hitler Youth uniform and attempted to rescue Lewin from the camp. He came close, but Lewin couldn’t stand to leave his family behind. Lewin returned to the camp to be with his family and Beck never saw him again. The entire family was killed at Auschwitz. Beck evaded the Nazis for most of the duration of World War II, however, shortly before the end of the war, he was betrayed by a spy and was arrested and held captive in a transit camp in Berlin. After he was released and the war ended, he helped organize efforts to support Jewish survivors and continued to tell the important stories of those who did not survive.

YEARS LATER, in 2012 and 2013, Heggie and Scheer created two more commissions for Music of Remembrance: “Another Sunrise” and “Farewell, Auschwitz,” based on the life, lyrics and poetry of Polish resistance member Krystyna Zywulska. Zywulska was born Sonia Landau in Lódz, Poland, where she completed her schooling at a Jewish gymnasium before pursuing law in Warsaw. During the Nazi occupation, she was prevented from further study and the entire family was relocated to the Warsaw ghetto. To avoid capture, she assumed a false identity, Zofia Wiśniewska, and joined the Polish resistance, providing aid to Jews-in-hiding. She was arrested in 1943, assumed the identity of Krystyna Zywulska, and was transported to Auschwitz as a political prisoner.

Her work was passed around to other prisoners by word-of-mouth and became their anthems.

was passed around to other prisoners by word-of-mouth and became their anthems. Her notoriety as the “camp poet” landed her a job at the camp’s Effektenkammer where she took inventory of the personal belongings that thousands of women and children brought with them to the camp. While it was considered a “premium job” at the camp, in many cases, she was cataloguing a prisoner’s possessions right before they were murdered in the gas chambers. Zywulska managed to escape in 1945 and immediately started documenting her experiences. She was asked by a journalist to share her stories and record them on a tape player, which forms the narrative structure for “Farewell, Auschwitz.” She continued to share her experiences and struggles through articles, interviews and books, including her memoir I Survived Auschwitz, which inspired “Another Sunrise.” Until her death in 1992, Zywulska found herself constantly trying to find the right words to fully express the devastation and trauma that impacted millions of lives.

Prior to being sent to Auschwitz, Zywulska had not written a single song or poem, however, it became her way to cope with the horror of life in the camp. Her work

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Director's Note: TWO REMAIN

Let Gad and Krystyna ever remind us to be vigilant and compassionate, and to ensure that their experiences are never repeated.

WE LIVE IN A WORLD where we should not need to be reminded of genocide and atrocity. There is a tendency to approach the experiences of Holocaust survivors with a sense of numb distance. Surely the enormity of what they endured is something trapped in the past. The stories Two Remain tells belong to Krystyna Zywulska, born Sonia Landau, who was sent to Auschwitz as a political prisoner using a fake identity to hide her Jewish heritage and upbringing, and Gad Beck, who lost his lover Manfred to a Gestapo sting targeting young gay lovers. Krystyna was forced to work in Birkenau’s Effektenkammer, categorizing the belongings of those sent to the crematoria. She worked in the shadow of the chimneys and survived the unendurable, eventually escaping the death march away from Auschwitz as the Nazis attempted to cover up their atrocities by hiding for hours in a bale of hay. Gad and Manfred were two of the estimated 100,000 men who were arrested by the Gestapo. All it took to be sent to the camps was someone overseeing a loving glance or even a lingering touch of another’s arm. Krystyna went on to publish the first Polish recounting of a survivor’s experiences in 1946 – just one year after her escape – but she didn’t publicly mention her birth name or Jewish heritage until the 1960s. Paragraph 175, the subsection of the German Criminal Code that outlawed homosexuality and took away Gad’s freedom and Manfred’s life, remained law as the Nazis had

amended it in West Germany until 1969, when its prescripts were loosened slightly. During that time 50,000 young gay lovers were persecuted and imprisoned by the Federal Republic of Germany. Paragraph 175 was not fully repealed until 1994. The echoes of these institutionalized prejudices sounded far past the liberation of the camps in 1945, and indeed echo still. To quote Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog, “We survey these ruins with a heartfelt gaze, certain the old monster lies crushed beneath the rubble. We pretend to regain hope as the image recedes, as though we’ve been cured of that plague. We tell ourselves it was all confined to one country, one point in time. We turn a blind eye to what surrounds us and a deaf ear to the never-ending cries.” Let Gad and Krystyna ever remind us to be vigilant and compassionate, and to ensure that their experiences are never repeated. Dan Wallace Miller

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Company Profiles Michael Baitzer

Central City Opera Music Director Conductor: Die Fledermaus Co-Conductor: Two Remain Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Rigoletto, 2021; Billy Budd, 2019; Encore: A Musical Revue, 2019 and 2018; Il trovatore, 2018 Recently: Rigoletto, Shreveport Opera; Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Les pêcheurs de perles, Toledo Opera

Rebecca Caine°

Ken Cazan

Hailey Clark

Judeth Shay Comstock

Troy Cook

Jennifer DeDominici

Kira Dills-DeSurra*

Brandon M. Eldredge

Soprano: Margaret Johnson, The Light in the Piazza Theatre & Opera Credits: Iris Robinson, Abomination, The Belfast Ensemble; Cosette (original) Les Misérables, Royal Shakespeare Company & West End; Christine Daaé, The Phantom of the Opera, West End & Toronto; Lulu and The Cunning Little Vixen, Canadian Opera Company; Susanna, Figaro’s Wedding and Pamina, The Magic Flute, English National Opera

Soprano: Rosalinde, Die Fledermaus Central City Opera: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, 2017 Recently: Gerhilde, Die Walküre, Dresden Philharmonic; Alma Beers, Brokeback Mountain, Stadttheater Gießen; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, Staatsoper Hannover

Baritone: Dr. Falke, Die Fledermaus Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Sharpless, Madama Butterfly, 2019; Germont, La traviata, 2015; Captain von Trapp, The Sound of Music, 2014 Recently: Marcello, La bohème, Spoleto Festival USA; Mark Torrance, The Shining, Opera Colorado; Tom, Fat Pig, Victory Hall Opera; Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madison Opera


Mezzo-Soprano: Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus Central City Opera: Frida Kahlo, Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, 2021-2022; Second Lady, The Magic Flute, 2018; Mercédès, Carmen, 2017 Recently: Lisette, Steal a Pencil for Me, Opera Colorado (professional recording); Rosina (cover), The Barber of Seville, Opera Colorado; Diana/Giove in Diana, La Calisto, Opera Neo


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Director/Administrator, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Central City Opera: Principal Coach, 2012-2022; Music Staff 1999-2004 Recently: Head of Music Staff, Washington National Opera; Pianist, Annapolis Opera; Faculty, University of Maryland

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Director: The Light in the Piazza Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Carousel, 2021; Billy Budd, 2019; Acis and Galatea and The Face on the Barroom Floor, 2018 Recently: Professor of Opera/Resident Stage Director, USC Thornton School of Music; Director, Curlew River/Orefo ed Euridice, University of Southern California; Director, All the Truths We Cannot See: A Chernobyl Story (World and American premieres), Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland/University of Southern California

Soprano: Signora Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Mrs. Mullin, Carousel, 2021; Bronwen, How Green Was My Valley (World Premiere), 2014; Recently: Virginia, Hands on a Hardbody, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs; Muriel, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Mezzo-Soprano: Franca Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel, 2021; Soloist, CCO Al Fresco, 2020; Encore: A Musical Revue, 2019 and 2018 Recently: Soloist, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra; Mother, Ragtime, Piedmont Opera; Francesca, (Henry Award, Outstanding Actress), The Bridges of Madison County, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Co-Conductor: Two Remain Associate Conductor/Chorus Master: Die Fledermaus and The Light in the Piazza Central City Opera: Associate Conductor/ Chorus Master, Carousel and Rigoletto, 2021; Conductor, Dido and Aeneas, 2021 Recently: Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master, Le nozze di Figaro, Three Decembers, Das Rheingold, Virginia Opera; Co-Conductor, La bohème, Virginia Opera; Associate Conductor, The Sound of Music, Virginia Arts Festival

William Ferguson

Ricardo Garcia°

Jonathan Hays*

Edina Hiser

David Martin Jacques

Alisa Jordheim*

Tenor: Gabriel von Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus Central City Opera: Enoch Snow, Carousel, 2021; George Gibbs, Our Town, 2013 Recently: Louis Ironson, Angels in America, Salzburger Landestheater; Carter, Fat Pig, Victory Hall Opera; Harlequin, Fête Galante, Bard Music Festival; Candide, Candide, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Baritone: Signor Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza Central City Opera: (partial listing) King Melchior, Amahl and the Night Visitors, 2022; Donald, Billy Budd, 2019; Reverend Gruffydd, How Green Was My Valley, 2014; Taddeo, L’italiana in Algeri, 2003 Recently: Talbot, Maria Stuarda, Piedmont Opera; Voltaire, Candide, Syracuse Opera; Relics of Memory (recording), Albany Records

Tenor: Fabrizio Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza Recently: Romeo, Roméo et Juliette, Houston Grand Opera; First Commissioner, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Houston Grand Opera; Papi/ Jasper, The Snowy Day (World Premiere), Houston Grand Opera

Costume Designer: The Light in the Piazza Central City Opera: Costume Design, Carousel and Rigoletto, 2021 Recently: Costume Designer, Reckoning, Wallis Annenberg Studio Ensemble; Associate Costume Designer, FOUND: A New Musical, IAMA Theatre Company; Costume Designer, A Midsummer Night's Dream, USC Thornton School of Music

Resident Lighting Designer Central City Opera: Resident Lighting Designer, 2007-2022 and 1999-2005 Recently: Lighting and Set Designer for, All The Truths We Can Not See, Sibelius Academy; Lighting Designer for My Fair Lady, Teatro Massimo Palermo and Teatro di San Carlo; and Moby Dick, Chicago Opera Theater

Soprano: Adele, Die Fledermaus Central City Opera: Gilda, Rigoletto, 2021; Flora, The Turn of the Screw, 2012; Fredrika, A Little Night Music, 2009 Recently: Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, Virginia Opera; Despina, Così fan tutte, San Diego Opera; Erste Zofe, Der Zwerg, George Enescu Festival

Arnulfo Maldonado

James P. McGough°

Dan Wallace Miller

Diana Newman°

Scenic Designer: The Light in the Piazza Central City Opera: Scenic Design, The Barber of Seville, 2013; Orpheus in the Underworld, 2010 Recently: Scenic Design, A Strange Loop, Lyceum Theater, Broadway; A Case for the Existence of God, Signature Theatre; Wish You Were Here, Playwrights Horizons

Director: Two Remain Central City Opera: Director, Dido and Aeneas and Assistant Director, Carousel, 2021; Assistant Director, Billy Budd and Director, Short Works, 2019 Recently: Artistic Director, Inland Northwest Opera; Director, Susannah, Wolf Trap Opera; Director, Tosca, Opera Naples

Resident Wig/Makeup Designer and Supervisor Recently: Resident Wig/Makeup Designer, Virginia Opera, 1998 - 2022; Wig and Makeup Artist, Porgy and Bess, Eugene Onegin, Pia de Tolomei, Spoleto Festival USA (2017 - 2019); Wig and Makeup Designer, Turandot, Carmen, La traviata, Atlanta Opera, 2017 – 2019

Soprano: Clara Johnson, The Light in the Piazza Recently: Papagena, Die Zauberflöte, The Metropolitan Opera; Woglinde, Das Rheingold, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Woodbird, Siegfried, Lyric Opera of Chicago; First Lady, Die Zauberflöte, Dallas Opera

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Company Profiles CONTINUED Curt Olds*

Matthew Plenk

Baritone: Roy Johnson, The Light in the Piazza; Frosch, Die Fledermaus; Gad Beck, Two Remain Central City Opera: (partial listing) Director/ Curator/Soloist, Encore: A Musical Revue, 2018 & 2019; Frank, Show Boat, 2013; Will Parker, Oklahoma!, 2012 Recently: The Emcee, Cabaret, Atlanta Opera; Major-General Stanley, Pirates of Penzance, Atlanta Opera; Pangloss, Candide, Arizona Opera; Monsieur Andre, The Phantom of the Opera, World Tour

Tenor: Alfred, Die Fledermaus Central City Opera: Nemorino, The Elixir of Love with Denver Philharmonic, 2021; Soloist, Mozart Requiem with Denver Philharmonic, 2019; Ferrando, Così fan tutte, 2017 Recently: Soloist, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat, Cleveland Orchestra; Soloist, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Colorado Symphony; Daland's steersman, Der Fliegende Holländer, RAI National Symphony Orchestra

Joachim Schamberger

Andrew Simpson*

Director: Die Fledermaus Central City Opera: Director and Projections Designer, Il trovatore, 2018; Director and Projections Designer, Tosca, 2016 Recently: Director of Opera, Bienen School of Music; Director, Die Walküre, Virginia Opera; Director, Dog Days and Orfeo remote (an operafilm mini series), Northwestern Opera Theatre; Director, Carmen, Chicago Opera Theater

Adam Turner

Conductor: The Light in the Piazza Central City Opera: Conductor, Madama Butterfly, 2019; Conductor, Carmen, 2017; Conductor, Man of La Mancha, 2015; Associate Conductor, 2014, 2011-12 Recently: Artistic Director, Virginia Opera (since 2018, following four seasons as Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor); Conductor, Il trovatore, Toledo Opera; Conductor, Three Decembers, San Diego Opera


Bass-Baritone: Frank, Die Fledermaus Central City Opera: Count Ceprano, Rigoletto, 2021 Recently: Sam, Trouble in Tahiti, Florida Grand Opera; First Soldier, Salome, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Angelotti, Tosca, Virginia Opera

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Tenor Arlington, TX Recently: Carlo, Linda di Chamounix, AJ Fletcher Opera institute; Count Barigoule, Cinderella, Piedmont Opera; Torquemada, L’heure espagnole, AJ Fletcher Opera Institute


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Gabrielle Barkidjija•

Mezzo-Soprano River Forest, IL Recently: Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte, Boston University Opera Institute; Brittomara, If I were you, Boston University Opera Institute; Ada Lovelace, The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace, Boston University Opera Institute

Emily Blair

Hannah Gisela Carroll

Nathaniel Catasca

Regina Ceragioli•

Jenna Clark

Isaiah Feken

Catherine Goode

Justin Kroll

Samson McCrady

Francesca Mehrotra

Soprano Hoffman Estates, IL Recently: Tatiana (Cover), Eugene Onegin, Palm Beach Opera; Liù (Cover), Turandot, Palm Beach Opera; Sandman, Hansel and Gretel, Palm Beach Opera

Mezzo-Soprano Chicago, IL Recently: Hansel, Hansel and Gretel, Opera for the Young; Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Janiec Opera Company; Margaret Johnson, The Light in the Piazza, Eastman Opera Theatre

Tenor Albuquerque, NM Recently: Javier Moreno, Luisa Fernanda, Florentine Opera Company; Borsa, Rigoletto, Florentine Opera Company; Charlie, Little Mahagonny, Florentine Opera Company

Soprano Flossmoor, IL Recently: Leila (cover), Les pêcheurs de Perles, Santa Fe Opera; Rusalka (scene), Rusalka, Santa Fe Opera; Offstage Voice, Jenufa, Santa Fe Opera

Mezzo-Soprano Denver, CO Recently: L'enfant, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Boulder Opera Company; Armelinde, Cendrillon (Viardot), Loveland Opera Theater; Annio, La clemenza di Tito, Opera Steamboat Artist Institute

Baritone Tulsa, OK Recently: Papageno (Cover), Die Zauberflote, Des Moines Metropolitan Opera; 1st Sargent, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Colorado; Il Conte, Le nozze di Figaro, Voci nel Montfeltro Festival

Soprano Friendswood, TX Recently: Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro, Virginia Opera; Amore, Orfeo ed Euridice, Kentucky Opera; Woglinde, Das Rheingold, Virginia Opera

Tenor Waco, TX Recently: Beadle Bamford, Sweeney Todd, University of Wisconsin-Madison Opera; Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madison Opera; Marc Blitzstein, I Wish It So: A Marc Blitzstein Pastiche Opera, University of WisconsinMadison Opera

Baritone Tucson, AZ Recently: Giorgio Germont, La traviata, South Bend Lyric Opera; Papageno, Die Zauberflöte, Washington National Opera; Pa Zegner, Proving Up, Aspen Music Festival

Soprano Ashburn, VA Recently: Atalanta, Serse, Opera NEO; Mukhtar Mai, Thumbprint, Boston Conservatory; Norina, Don Pasquale, Boston Conservatory

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Sarah Neal

Mezzo-Soprano Sound Bend, IN Recently: Mezzo-Soprano Soloist, Ich habe genug (BWV 82), Ars Lyrica Houston; Nancy, Albert Herring, University of Houston; Angelina, La cenerentola, University of Houston

Nathan Schafer

Tenor Dallas, TX Recently: Hooker (cover), Emmeline, Tulsa Opera; Pirelli, Sweeney Todd, Theatre Denton; Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly, University of North Texas

Andrew Payne

Baritone Waynesboro, PA Recently: Marchese d’Obigny, La traviata, Toledo Opera; Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, Toledo Opera Resident Artist Ensemble; Frank, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University Opera Theater

Sean Stanton ∆

Baritone Chicago, IL Recently: Germano, La scala di seta, Opera Southwest; Count Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Steamboat; Papageno, The Magic Flute, Opera North

Studio Artists


Sarah Rachel Bacani

Zachary Bryant

Sarah Kathryn Curtis

Tenor Beaumont, TX Recently: Orpheus, Orpheus in the Underworld, New York University Steinhardt; Spalanzani, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Hudson River Opera; Giuseppe, La traviata, Lighthouse Opera

Baritone Houston, TX Recently: Fiorello, The Barber of Seville, OperaDelaware & Baltimore Concert Opera; Mr. Gobineau (cover), The Medium, Baltimore Concert Opera; Manfred Lewin, For a Look or a Touch, University of Maryland


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Soprano Toms River, NJ Recently: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Carol Vaness’ Opera Workshop; Adina, L’elisir d’amore, Jane Dutton’s Studio Recital; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte, Indiana University Opera Theater

Mezzo-Soprano Lawrence, KS Recently: Little Buttercup, H.M.S. Pinafore, The University of Kansas Theatre; Zita, Gianni Schicchi, The University of Kansas Opera; Soloist, Snow Angel (world premiere), The University of Kansas Opera

Jacob De Sett

Melanie Dubil

Bass-Baritone Leawood, KS Recently: Figaro (cover)/Antonio, Le nozze di Figaro, William Jewell College; Mercutio, Roméo et Juliette, Lawrence Opera Theatre; Hannah before, As One, The University of Kansas, Lied Center

Mezzo-Soprano Philadelphia, PA Recently: Lapák/Mrs. Paskova, The Cunning Little Vixen, Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program; Anna I, Seven Deadly Sins, Vocal Arts Program; Mrs. Nolan, The Medium, Vocal Arts Program

Alexander Kapp

JW Keckley

Timothy Lupia

Tessa McQueen

Jacob O'Shea

Samuel Rachmuth

Abigail Raiford

Stephanie Shelden

Baritone Louisville, KY Recently: Ottone, L'incoronazione di Poppea, Indiana University Opera Theater; Ford, Falstaff, University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music Opera Workshop; Thomas, Cold Mountain, Music Academy of the West

Tenor Kansas City, MO Recently: Ferrando, Così fan tutte, University of Missouri-Kansas City Opera Theater; Acis, Acis and Galatea, University of MissouriKansas City Opera Theater; Tamino, Die Zauberflöte, Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater

Tenor Mechanicsburg, PA Recently: Mark Twain, Harmony, Seagle Festival; Dallas, Service Provider, Westminster Opera Theatre; Tamino, Die Zauberflöte, Westminster Opera Theatre

Soprano Loveland, CO Recently: Sharon Graham, Masterclass, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; Jack’s Mother/ Giant’s Wife, Jack and The Beanstalk, Opera Saratoga; Cendrillon, Cendrillon, Oklahoma City University

Bass-Baritone Clifton Park, NY Recently: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte, Boston University Opera Institute; Paul, If I Were You, Boston University Opera Institute; Sodbuster, Proving Up, Boston University Opera Institute

Bass-Baritone Rockville Centre, NY Recently: Jailer, Tosca, Sarasota Opera; Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro, Mannes Opera Theater; Simone, Gianni Schicchi, Brevard Music Center

Soprano Queens, NY Recently: Olympia, Pinocchio, St. Petersburg Opera; Despina (Cover), Cosi fan tutte, St. Petersburg Opera; Belinda (Cover)/Second Witch, Dido and Aeneas, Sarasota Opera

Mezzo-Soprano Wichita, KS Recently: Alto soloist, Stabat Mater Pergolesi, WFSU TV; Third Lady, Die Zauberflöte, Florida State University Opera; Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro, Wichita State University Opera Theater

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CELEBRATING JOHN BARIL John Baril began his Central City Opera tenure as production coordinator and assistant conductor in 1992, progressing to associate conductor and music administrator in 1996, and, as of the 2000 season, resident conductor, a post created for him. His long list of principal conducting assignments at CCO have included some of our most impactful works like Billy Budd, Dead Man Walking, West Side Story, Little Women, Three Decembers and many others. Please join us in congratulating John Baril as he marks his 30th Anniversary with Central City Opera!



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Festival Orchestra John Baril MUSIC DIRECTOR Brian Cook ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL CO-MANAGER Angela Dombrowski ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL CO-MANAGER AND MUSIC LIBRARIAN 2021 festival orchestra at hudson gardens. photo by amanda tipton.


Byron A. Hitchcock, Concertmaster Takanori Sugishita, Assistant Concertmaster Chris Jusell, Principal Second Laura Tait Chang Angela Dombrowski Nina Fronjian Emily Glover Filip Lazovski Susie Peek Veronica Sawarynski Tori Woodrow ^


Melanie Lançon, Principal Susan Townsend


Adam Snider, Principal



Anna Brumbaugh, Principal Michelle Joseph Orman

Janet Harriman, Principal


Patrick Sutton, Principal ^


Michael Baitzer Jeremy Reger



Young Kim, Principal Josh East Devon Park DeAunn Davis ^

Jon Lewis, Principal Kimberly Patterson, Assistant Principal Trevor Minton ^


John Arnesen, Principal Mary Reed, Assistant Principal


Jeffrey Stephenson, Principal Sarah Bierhaus

Frankie Delgado, Principal Eric Heidbreder

Koko Dyulgerski, Principal Leah Kovach, Assistant Principal N. Samantha Headlee Lora Stevens


Bron Wright, Principal Andy Wolfe Jeffrey J. Craig


Leslie Scarpino, Principal John Freeman



Michael Tetreault, Principal Peter Coopera


Carl Dixon, Principal Peter Cooper Nena Lorenz

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Administration PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER PAMELA A. PANTOS has held executive positions at arts organizations including the Newport Music Festival, Opera North, Arts Consulting Group, and Boston Children’s Chorus. She is a proven leader with the skills to energize organizations, achieve operational excellence and institutional advancement. She has also advised national institutions including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Park Avenue Armory, and Bravo! Vail. Additionally, Pantos spent over ten years in Europe performing opera roles in many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Lyric Opera of Athens, and Rotterdam Ahoy Arena. As a mezzo-soprano, she recorded for EMI and the Companions Label and was on the roster of Columbia Artists. ARTISTIC

Pelham G. Pearce, Jr., Artistic Director & Senior Vice President John Baril, Music Director Michael Baitzer, Director/Administrator, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program


Sara Blackwelder, Controller & Director of Human Resources Ana Carrera, Accounting Clerk Wanda M. Larson, Office Administrator & Gift Shop Administrator


Deb Mountain, Sales Operations Manager AJ Kazlouski, Patron Services Associate


Michael Walker, Annual Giving Manager Elisabeth Boyce, Development Administrative Coordinator Emily Eck, Development Associate


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Eric Chinn, Director of Historic Properties Sam Carrington, Historic Property Maintenance


Gail Bransteitter, Director of Marketing & Communications Erin Osovets, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications Lauren Grulke, Marketing Content Manager Melissa Rick, Art Direction and Graphic Design


Emily Murdock, Director of Education Margaret Ozaki Graves, Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement


John Baril, Music Director; Principal Conductor, Die Fledermaus; Co-Conductor, Two Remain Adam Turner, Conductor, The Light in the Piazza Brandon Eldredge, Associate Conductor/Chorus Master; Co-Conductor, Two Remain Michael Baitzer, Director/Administrator, Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Training Program; Principal Coach/Diction Coach Brian Cook, Orchestra Personnel Co-Manager Angela Dombrowski, Orchestra Personnel Co-Manager & Music Librarian Thomas Getty, Assistant Conductor Jeremy Reger, Coach/Accompanist Michael Sherman, Assistant Conductor Matthew J. Herndon, Stage Combat Instructor/Resident Fight Choreographer Melinda Sullivan, Movement Coach/Resident Choreographer


Karen T. Federing, Director of Production Scott Schreck, Technical Director Angela Turner, Stage Manager, The Light in the Piazza Laurel McIntyre, Stage Manager, Die Fledermaus Hannah Nathan, Assistant Stage Manager, The Light in the Piazza & Die Fledermaus Adam Da Ros, Assistant Director, The Light in the Piazza Joshua R. Horowitz, Assistant Director, Die Fledermaus Tyler J. Hast, Production Scheduler Megan Maloney, Properties Master Emily Murray, Costume Shop Manager Miranda Graves, Wardrobe Supervisor James P. McGough, Resident Wig and Makeup Designer/ Supervisor

Elyse Messick, Wig and Makeup Assistant Matthew J. Herndon, Stage Combat Instructor/Resident Fight Choreographer Melinda Sullivan, Movement Coach/Resident Choreographer Just, Assistant Lighting Designer

DIRECTORS/DESIGNERS/CHOREOGRAPHERS/ SUPERTITLES Ken Cazan, Director, The Light in the Piazza Joachim Schamberger, Director, Die Fledermaus Dan Wallace Miller, Director, Two Remain Arnulfo Maldonado, Set Designer, The Light in the Piazza Corey Umlauf, Associate Set Designer, The Light in the Piazza Edina Hiser, Costume Designer, The Light in the Piazza

Michael Boswell, Head Carpenter Cindy Maupin, Assistant Carpenter Stephen D. Mazzeno, Master Electrician and Union Steward William Loving, Board Operator Jeff Riedel, Head Flyman Greg Killpack, Assistant Flyman

Sonia Ninette Mendez, Assistant Costume Designer,

The Light in the Piazza

Erhard Rom, Original Set Designer, Die Fledermaus Susan Memmott Allred, Original Costume Designer, Die


Bettina Bierly, Costume Coordinator, Die Fledermaus; Costume Designer, Two Remain Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer, Die Fledermaus David Martin Jacques, Resident Lighting Designer James P. McGough, Resident Wig/Makeup Designer Thomas Getty, Supertitles, Die Fledermaus Matthew J. Herndon, Stage Combat Instructor/Resident Fight Choreographer


Jenna Abbott, House/Festival Services Manager


Delaney Althauser, Costume/Wardrobe Assistant, Ohio Andrea Benn, Wig/Makeup Assistant, Michigan Kate Fehan, Stage Management Production Assistant, The Light in the Piazza, Texas Beth Foley, Events Assistant, Utah Kali Galena, Wig/Makeup Assistant, Illinois Loren Graziano, Office/Music Library Assistant, Canada Erin McNeley-Phelps, Stage Management Production Assistant, Two Remain, Kansas Logan Peralez, Gift Shop Assistant, Kansas Eva Schramm, Stage Management Production Assistant, Two Remain, Ohio Alexandra Shine, Costume/Wardrobe Assistant, Missouri Abagail Taper, Props Assistant, New Hampshire Abigail Templer, Stage Management Production Assistant, Die Fledermaus, Oklahoma


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Teller Law Office 115 Eureka St // Central City


Kathyrn Maleva, Head Props Keven Soll, Assistant Props Kelley Russell, Assistant Props

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John J. Moriarty September 30, 1930 – January 5, 2022

I love teaching. That's why I have always taught and why I'll continue doing it. I enjoy seeing young people develop. CENTRAL CITY OPERA LOST A LEGEND THIS YEAR - JOHN MORIARTY, Central City Opera Artistic Director Emeritus. Central City Opera will be forever grateful for the tremendous impact he made on our organization and the opera industry. Moriarty was a notable conductor, stage director, vocal coach, collaborative pianist, author, educator and administrator. His career with Central City Opera began in 1978 when he was brought to conduct and to create


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what is now known as the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. He took over as Central City Opera’s Artistic Director in 1982. “While much of his professional career was spent at Central City Opera, his impact on the opera industry is far-reaching,” said Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce. “He was an exceptional teacher and helped develop the careers of some of the most renowned opera performers.”

This is not a business for wallflowers. You have to have some belief in yourself.

Moriarty’s first professional opera position was with Santa Fe Opera, where he founded an artist training program. He also worked as the director of training and as a conductor at Wolf Trap Opera in addition to several other notable opera companies. He led the opera departments at Boston Conservatory of Music and New England Conservatory. Training future opera stars was always at the core of his work. Some of the highlights of his later work at Central City Opera include conducting four productions of The Ballad of Baby Doe (1981, 1988, 1996 and the 50th Anniversary production in 2006), the 2000 production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, Vanessa in 2005 and the world premiere of Gabriel’s Daughter in 2003. In 2008, a street next to the opera house in Central City was renamed Moriarty Lane. After more than 40 years with Central City Opera, Moriarty officially retired in 2011. Central City Opera is immensely grateful to have benefited from Moriarty’s passion, talent, knowledge and dedication. The organization would not be where it is today without him.

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75 AnnuAl


Juried Art Show Join us in celebration of our

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SHOW RUNS June 11, 2022 – August 20, 2022

WASHINGTON HALL 117 Eureka St. Central City, CO 80427


BANQUET at the TELLER HOUSE Friday, June 10, 2022 Tickets available at GilpinArts.org OPENING & AWARDS RECEPTION Saturday, June 11, 2022 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

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The 2023 Festival Season May 20 – June 25

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l’esprit de noël holiday home tour

B en efi ti n g the Programs of Cent ral Cit y Opera

photos by amanda tipton.

2021 MARKED THE 45TH YEAR for Central City Opera Guild’s Holiday Home Tour, L’Esprit de Noël. For decades, L’Esprit has raised funds to help support programs of Central City Opera, including Education and Community Engagement programs serving more than 40,000 people each year. Virtually sponsored by Sanctuary Wealth Advisors for the second year in a row, the tour featured a beautiful historic Denver

property - the McCourt Mansion - in an immersive video tour experience with musical performances from some of CCO’s talented artists. Designers from T is for Table, Plum Sage Flowers, City Floral and Flower Power contributed to the unique holiday décor found throughout the home. With its unique ties to Colorado theater history, the McCourt Mansion is a key landmark of East 8th Avenue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver. Once the

home of Peter McCourt, a younger brother to the infamous Baby Doe Tabor, today the mansion sits on the National Register of Historic Places and is back to being a single-family home after decades of mixed-use.






Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Erzinger

GOLD SPONSORS Barbara H. Ferguson Karen and Andrew Ritz

BRONZE SPONSORS Pamela and Louis Bansbach The Bender Family Charitable Fund Ginny and Bob Fuller Mar Studio Shaver – Ramsey

MEDIA SPONSORS Colorado Expression Magazine The Denver Post Village Life

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Honoring Pamela and Louis Bansbach HELD ON APRIL 29 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Central City Opera’s 2022 Theatre of Dreams Gala was a masquerade sparkling with celebration and reunion. Longtime supporters Pamela and Louis “Dutch” Bansbach were honored for their incredible contributions to Central City Opera, which includes funding productions of 2021’s Carousel and this year’s The Light in the Piazza. After 2021’s hybrid affair—a small, in-person reception and a virtual experience for audiences at home—CCO supporters from across Colorado were thrilled to gather in-person this year to toast to the Opera’s 90th Anniversary. The night was a resounding success, with over $270,000 raised for the organization’s yearround programs, including education and community engagement, historic property preservation and festival operations. “I am blown away by the record-breaking support we received,” said Gala Chair and CCO Board Member, Heather Miller. “The evening was top notch from the


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start of cocktail hour to the final bows of the performers. Thank you to everyone who participated or contributed in their own way.” Attendees were treated to a spectacular performance by Metropolitan Opera star and past Central City Opera principal artist Will Liverman, who enthralled with his deep baritone and moving song selections. Liverman was recently featured in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the Met’s first performance of an opera by a Black composer. In 2018, he received rave reviews as Papageno in Central City Opera’s production of The Magic Flute and is The Metropolitan Opera's 2022 Beverly Sills Artist Award recipient. Also dazzling the audience with their powerful performances were 2022 Festival Artists Matthew Plenk and Kira Dills-DeSurra, accompanied by pianist Jeremy Reger.

"I am blown away by the record-breaking support we received," said Gala Chair and CCO Board Member, Heather Miller. "Thank you to everyone who participated or contributed in their own way."

El Pomar Foundation Lanny and Sharon Martin UMB Bank


PATRON TABLE SPONSORS John and Melinda Couzens Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Tyree, Jr. Pam and Sonny Wiegand



Mr. and Mrs. James Bender Kathy and Brad Coors Foundation First Western Trust Bank Mr. Newell M. Grant Vectra Bank – Colorado


Lisa and Byron Haselden Jay’s Valet Mr. Kevin Kearney and Dr. Sarah K. Scott Jon and Lynne Montague-Clouse

Heather Miller

GALA COMMITTEE Kristin Bender Lisa Curwen Christina Dinegar Jami Dinsmore Sabina Grusnick Lisa Haselden Lauren Lovejoy Susan Stiff


Pamela and Louis Bansbach Richard and Rebecca Goozh Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. McGonagle Erin Nichols

2022 theatre of dreams gala photos by jamie kraus.

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Join the Elevation Club to support the growth and sustainability of opera in the Rockies by pledging to increase your annual gift over a period of three years. Enjoy behind-the-scenes benefits for the duration of your multi-year gift, including...

• Private intimate social get-togethers • Exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences • Festival add-on events and perks • And more!

Want to learn more? Visit centralcityopera.org/elevation-club or contact Michael Walker 720-693-8065 or mwalker@centralcityopera.org


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Community Support NONE OF THIS HAPPENS WITHOUT YOU! Outstanding performances like the one you are about to enjoy depend on your generosity. The Central City Opera board, staff and the entire company thank you for your continued support.

Annual Fund The following donors made gifts to support the activities of Central City Opera between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. While space limits this list to donors of $100 or more on a yearly basis, every gift is important and truly appreciated. If your name is listed incorrectly, or omitted, you have our sincere apologies. Please contact Central City Opera at 303.292.6500 to ensure correction.

Corporate, Foundation, Association and Government Donors Central City Opera Festival Sponsor ($100,000+)

Avenir Foundation, Inc.* Central City Opera House Association Endowment Fund* Colorado Creative Industries J. Landis and Sharon Martin Family Foundation• Citizens of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District* U.S. Small Business Administration

Presenting Sponsor ($50,000 - $99,999) Bonfils-Stanton Foundation* The Denver Foundation• The Virginia W. Hill Foundation*

Production Sponsor ($25,000 - $49,999) Central City Opera Guild• City of Central* Galen and Ada Belle Spencer Foundation* Mabel Y. Hughes Charitable Trust* Monarch Casino Resort Black Hawk Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

Performance Sponsor ($10,000 - $24,999)

Anschutz Foundation Butler Family Fund of the Denver Foundation* El Pomar Foundation* Jeanne Land Foundation* Lloyd J. King and Eleanor R. King Foundation National Christian Foundation – Colorado• National Endowment for the Arts* The Priester Foundation* UMB Financial Corporation Western Colorado Community Foundation/Dave and Mary Wood Fund

Director’s Circle ($5,000 - $9,999)

A. E. H. Royalty Co.* Colleen Healey Charitable Fund advised by Robert Wiegand II Denver Lyric Opera Guild* Henry R. Schwier Charitable Fund advised by Robert Wiegand II Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund

Conductor’s Circle ($2,500 - $4,999)

+ Friends who have passed away in the last year * Loyal donors who have made gifts to Central City Opera for ten consecutive years or more • Voice Your Dreams Campaign contribution ◊ Diva/Divo Guild Members

Artist’s Circle ($1,000 - $2,499)

Always Best Care Senior Services Caterpillar Foundation Community First Foundation J. McLaughlin Laura Jane Musser Fund M & S, LLC Opera Volunteers International Renaissance Charitable Foundation Schramm Foundation* Stephens Enders Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation Tebo Properties Xcel Energy Foundation

Benefactor ($500 - $999)

Aging at 5280 The Autrey Foundation* Carolyn and Dave Wollard Donor-Advised Fund at Rose Community Foundation Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC Marcia L. Ragonetti Arts Education Fund VISA

Patron ($250 - $499)

Charities Aid Foundation of America JKQ BBQ Records-Johnston Family Foundation, Inc.*

Associate ($100 - $249)

AmazonSmile Foundation Bank of the West Colorado Association of Realtors Foundation IBM International Foundation The Monaghan Foundation*

Matching Gift Companies

Bank of the West Caterpillar Foundation IBM International Foundation VISA Xcel Energy Foundation

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Individual Donors Central City Opera Festival Sponsor ($100,000+) Pamela and Louis Bansbach*ץ Lanny and Sharon Martin*ץ Heather and Mike Millerץ

Presenting Sponsor ($50,000 - $99,999) Tyson Dines III• Mr. Newell M. Grant*• John W. Kure and Cheryl L. Solich*• Lizabeth A. Lynner and James L. Palenchar*•

Production Sponsor ($25,000 - $49,999) Margaret and Stan Baker*◊• Nancy P. Brittain+*• Richard and Doris Cross• Ginny and Bob Fuller*◊• Mr. and Mrs. John Grier• Anne and Tom McGonagle*◊• Nancy S. Parker*◊• Estate of James B. Steed*• Buzz and George Ann Victor*◊•

Performance Sponsor ($10,000 - $24,999) Charles and Joan Albi*• Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Bader, Jr. ◊* Kristin and Jim Bender◊ Estate of Valerie G. Brown• Heidi Burose◊ Melinda and John Couzens*• Robert A. Ellis*• Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Erzinger*◊• Mrs. Charles L. Ferguson*◊• Jane Hascall Beverlee Henry Fullerton*◊• Diana W. and F. Michael Kinsey* Jean and Larry Manion* Mr. Daniel L. Ritchie* Karen and Andrew Ritz*◊• Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Schneider• Dr. Sarah K. Scott and Mr. Kevin Kearney◊• Phoebe Smedley*• Mr. and Mrs. Frederick K. Trask III• Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Unger*• Pam and Sonny Wiegand* Mr. and Mrs. Greg Woods Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Woolley II*• Carole J. Yaley•

Director’s Circle ($5,000 - $9,999) Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. William D. Armstrong*◊ Nancy Benson* Jack and Karen Berryhill* Mr. and Mrs. Gray Clark*◊ Mr. and Mrs. Brad Coors Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Danos* Riisa and Pany Dikeou The Dinegar Family*◊ Michelle and Mark Dorman• John and Anne Draper• Mr. and Mrs. John E. Fuller*• Richard and Rebecca Goozh Mrs. James P. Gordon* Deborah Hayes and James L. Martin*


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Conductor’s Circle ($2,500 - $4,999) Anonymous Mr. Edward F. Altman+ and Dr. Dina Brudenell Altman Phebe Berkowitz-Tanners Leslie Cady* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Conroy Ronald Engels and Zane Laubhan* Mr. and Mrs. Bret A. Fox Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gansfield Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Geller Mr. and Mrs. Byron J. Haselden Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Hess, Jr. Mr. Lyman Ho Ms. Barbara Kelley Brooke and Charles Maloy* Sharon L. Menard Trish and Ted Millice*◊ Ms. Lin Murphy Drs. Harold and Sarah Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Nichols* Mr. and Mrs. Matt Rawley Mr. Alexander and Mrs. Cynthia Read* Mr. Charles E. Samson Mr. and Mrs. George Secor*◊ Mr. and Mrs. Luke Simpson◊ Alice and Tom Stephens* Jenene C. and James J. Stookesberry* Mr. and Mrs. John I. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Brian White Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Zirin*

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Anonymous (3) Mr. and Mrs. Paul Adalian Mr. and Mrs. Steve Adams Mr. Roopesh Aggarwal and Ms. Lauren Lovejoy Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gregory Austin III Hartman Axley* Carolyn and Ron Baer Ms. Lornel Baker Mr. and Mrs. Francis Barron* Mr. and Mrs. Duke Beardsley Mr. and Mrs. Craig Richard Benes Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Billings* Linda Bjelland* Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Blunk

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bomgaars Mr. and Mrs. James Tully Bragg Sandi and Bill Bruns Mr. and Mrs. Bradley H. Calkins, Jr. Marty and John Chamberlin* Merle C. Chambers* Elizabeth and Jon Clarke*◊ Ms. and Mr. Arlene Cole Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cole* Sue Cole* Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Edward Connors Lauren O'Neill Crist-Fulk Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Damiano Mr. and Mrs. Craig A. Davis Ms. Carol Dawson The Morss Dehncke Family* Mr. and Mrs. Raj Dhanda Mr. and Mrs. Eric G. D'Hondt Ron and Becky Dreasher Mr. and Mrs. Charles Banks Duke* Mr. and Mrs. Christopher V. Dunne Ms. Arline Echandia◊ Ms. Carol E. Elliott Mr. and Mrs. Matthew D. Emerson Estate of David R. Ericson• Mo Ewing Ms. Jayne Ford Mr. and Mrs. Seth E. Frankel Mr. and Mrs. John Gallagher Mr. Stuart Gilman and Ms. Cathie Walker* Mr. and Mrs. Stan Goodreau Mr. and Mrs. Sean Grauer Cathy and Greg Groene*◊ Ms. Lynn E. Harrington Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hashimoto Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Haymons Thomas E. Healy Cathey A. Herren* Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Hicks Mr. and Mrs. Martin B. Hidalgo* Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hillary Ms. Catherine Hoerter Bruce and Heidi Hoyt* Julie Hughes*◊ Mr. and Mrs. George G. Hutchison III* Ms. Molly F. Jansen Mr. and Mrs. Todd S. Jobe Ms. Christy Jordan and Mr. Christopher B. Little Miss Sara Kanouff and Mr. David McDonnell Mrs. George Y. King III* Mark and Barbara Kiryluk* Mr. and Mrs. Lance Kitt Ms. Barbara L. Knight Phyllis Gottesfeld Knight Cynthia Kruse* Ken and Barbara Laff* Mr. John T. Lake and Mr. Harold V. Winters Ms. Kristin K. Lang Danni L. Langdon and Carl Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. David F. Lawrence, Jr. Ms. Lisa Lee Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Leitch* Mr. and Mrs. Fraser Leversedge Rosalind G. Lidstone* Carolyn L. Longmire* Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Lord Sr.

Mrs. Suzanne G. MacKenzie Mrs. Susan Mammel Bill and Roberta Martin Mr. and Mrs. James Edgar McDonald, Jr.◊ Mr. and Mrs. James N. McInnes Mr. and Mrs. William Miranda Mollie Mitchell and John Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Myers James V. Neely* Erin Nichols Max Nichols W.G. Nielsen and Company Ronald Y. Otsuka Mr. and Mrs. Gordon R. Parker* Mr. and Mrs. Matthew B. Parsons Dan Paulien* Mr. and Mrs. Bob F. Phelps, Jr.*◊ Ms. Emily Philpott and Mr. Chris Tetzeli Rich and Kim Plumridge Dave and Bette Poppers* Mr. John Potter Mr. and Mrs. Robert Quillin Mr. and Mrs. Marc Rakowski Mrs. Stephanie Reeman Ms. Jane Rehmke T. R. Reid Michael L. Ritchie Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Robinson◊ Mr. and Mrs. David Rudnick Denise and Jim Sanderson* Helen Scott Santilli Mr. and Mrs. Clark Seccombe Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Shamos Kathleen and Peter Shand Mrs. Christine L. Shore Nancy J. Siegel* Mr. and Mrs. William W. Slaughter Mr. and Mrs. James A. Swanson* Mr. Steven Talley Ms. Tolly Tate Mr. and Mrs. Seth Terry Ms. Ingrid Thoenelt-Winter Ms. Colleen W. Thumm* Mr. and Mrs. David Tryba◊ Roberta and Leonard Waldbaum◊ Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walker Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wallace Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Walsh III Mr. and Mrs. Sean M. Waters Cia A. Wenzel• Ms. and Mr. Rosalie Williams Beth and Karl Williamson* Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Willis Duain Wolfe Mr. and Mrs. David J. Yost

Benefactor ($500 - $999)

Anonymous (3) Mr. and Mrs. William D. Atkinson◊ Don Bain Ms. Rhoda Barr Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bennett Mrs. Joan Berg The Bird Family Dr. and Mrs. Mark Birner Dr. and Mrs. S. Gilbert Blount Libby Bortz

Gail Bransteitter Ms. Suzanne Brauer Janet Bruchmann C. Deen Buttorff Ron and Gordon Butz* Mr. Norton Ewart and Ms. Carol Carter Ms. Joyce Castle* Cohig Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Corporon, Esq. Barbara and Ralph Cox Mr. Thomas Cox Nancy R. Crow and Mark Skrotzki Ms. Lisa Curtis◊ Chris and Lisa Curwen* Mr. Carter Dammen Mrs. Mary Ann G. Davis* Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Dencker Michael and Sara DiManna* Marian Dines and Joanne Christensen* Peter and Marian Downs Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Dutton Mr. and Mrs. Brian P. Fallin Mr. and Mrs. Guy Fasson Dr. and Mrs. Donald C. Ferlic* Paul Finkel and Barbara Strauss Larry and Joanne Fisher David and Debra Flitter Richard M. and Marguerite W. Franklin Mr. and Mrs. Brian Furgason Mr. Ronald Gloekler Mr. and Mrs. Chris Graves Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gutrich Dr. Linda J. Hargrave* Norma and Phil Heinschel* Mr. Robert Homiak and Ms. Susan Schneider B.J. and Kristel Hybl Mr. and Mrs. Christopher R. Jacoby Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Kanouff Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Kanouff Mr. Charles Kettering and Dr. Lisa Kettering Dr. and Mrs. Melvyn H. Klein* Mr. and Mrs. Avery Koch Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Larkin Bruce and Eileen Leland* Mary and Kent Lester Mr. and Mrs. Anthony P. Leuthold Nancy and Jack Lockwood Katie MacWilliams* Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce McDonald Mr. and Mrs. Brian T. McDonald Mr. Jerome and Dr. Stacy McHugh◊ Darrell Brown and Suzanne McNitt Mr. Graham Meech Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Metcalf Dr. and Mrs. David Scott Miner Mr. and Mrs. Scott Mitchell William R. Moninger and Bonnie J. Phipps S. Moore Mr. Drayton Nabers, Jr. Kimberly Victor Neckers* Kathleen and John Ness* Mr. and Mrs. Sam Nicholson Ms. Pam Parker Mr. and Mrs. James Parsley Ms. Marion W. Paton Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Richards, Esq. Mary E. Moser and William A. Richey

Richard B. Robinson and Nina Saks Robinson*◊ Dr. Kate Sawyer and Dr. Mike Sawyer Mr. and Mrs. Scott W. Schoelzel Ruth E. Schoening* Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Shaller Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shand Lorraine and Craig Shuler* Catherine and Jacob Skokan Gibson Smith Dr. Carol Stamm Mr. and Mrs. Matt Stava Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stettner Mr. and Mrs. Andy Stewart Mr. Stephen M. Strachan Ms. Barbara Strauss Laura Stuntz Frank and Sylvia Sullivan Mr. Deric Swanson Mr. and Mrs. Dale S. Sweat, Jr.*◊ Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Tavel Mrs. and Dr. Turner Ms. Julie C. Van Camp Judith and Joe Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wagner Ed and Patty Wahtera* Ms. Hanna M. Warren Mr. John West Ms. Susan Wetherington Mr. and Mrs. J. Russell Wilkins II Mr. and Mrs. Willis A. Wood Joe and Donna Worsham* Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Writz, Jr. Ms. Carolyn Yamane Dr. and Mrs. Ray Yost* Mr. and Mrs. Gene A. Young*

Patron ($250 - $499)

Anonymous (6) Ms. Charolyn M. Alexander Robert C. Anderson Susanne R. Anselmi Edwin Austin Mr. David K. Ballast John Baril and Brian Cook* Jennifer N. Bater* Cynthia Beard Mariette Bell Ms. Sharon Bell Janet Bishop Mr. Michael E. Brewer and Dr. Ben Kemena Mr. Dean Burton Ms. Carol Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Calkins Carol Canon Ethel Clow Lew and Enid Cocke Mrs. Wendy T. Cogdal Ms. Sheryl L. Colgan Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cramer Ms. Iris Desmarteau Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dessens Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dodge Ms. Patricia Dohn Mrs. and Mr. Mary Donovan Mr. and Mrs. H. Benjamin Duke, III Cheryl and David Dutton*• Mr. and Mrs. Roger Dutton

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Jack Dysart and Carole Milligan Ms. Teresa Earnest Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Ellison Ms. Christine W. Farrel Kelsey and Anson Fatland Mr. and Mrs. Walker Fenton Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Fey Mr. Scott Finlay and Mr. Thomas J. Duggan* Dr. and Mrs. Richard Flanigan Dick and Sigrid Freese Mr. and Mrs. William Gage Mr. and Mrs. Brian Gast Sidney and Caleb Gates* Tim and Patricia Givens Mr. and Mrs. Scott Graves Chuck and Pat Griffith Mr. and Mrs. Russell W. Haas Mr. and Mrs. Eric Hansen Carolyn L. Harrison Mr. Judson Haverkamp Monty and Kelly Henninger Gail and James D. Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Hoover Dr. Susan R. Jensen and Mr. Thomas Trainer Dr. and Mrs. William L. Jobe Malin F. Jones and Jan Crewes-Jones* The Honorable and Mrs. Robert Kapelke Thomas Dufficy Jan M. Kennaugh The Koehler Family Mr. George M. Lawrence and Ms. Judith Auer Richard and Ann Lohmeyer Mr. Richard Macklin Kimberly B. Marsh Ron and Nancy Marshall Susan Martin and Chet Hampson* Ms. Carol Mather Deb McBride Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. McCann* Catherine and Charles K. McClean*◊ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. McCoy, Jr. Dr. Vicki McFarlane Michael E. McGoldrick Christopher H. Merrell Ms. Elizabeth Montgomery and Mr. Matthew Brown Lawrence Moskow Dr. and Mrs. Joe K. Ozaki Bonnie C. Perkins Mr. Dennis Peterson Christine Pfaff and Larry White Dr. and Mrs. Osgoode S. Philpott, Jr. Fay Plummer Ann and Ralph Poucher Richard Replin and Elissa Stein Katherine Richard Nancy and Gene Richards* Ms. Glenda Richter Frederic and Ayliffe Ris Mr. Nasit Ari and Ms. Libby Rittenberg Mary Ann Ross Ms. Sherri Rumbo Kathryn and Tim Ryan Mr. Sheldon Sager Mr. and Mrs. John K. Sawyer Mary Scarpino Mr. and Mrs. David C. Shelton


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Terry and Bonnie Shetler Mr. and Mrs. Tim Shutts Mrs. Marlene Siegel◊ Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Sisk, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lars O. Soderberg, Jr.* Rita Sommers* Mr. John Soppe Nancy and HJ Stalf* Mrs. and Mr. Stevens Ms. Catherine L. Strange Marcia D. Strickland* Craig and Mary Stromberg Lynn Swanson Donald and Robin Tallman Ms. Kara Tinucci John Uppendahl and Travis Railey Karen H. Van De Water* Teresa Vogler John and Susan Ward Mr. David Watts and Ms. Nadia Hartman Mr. and Mrs. Reed F. Welch Nancy and Jan Westman*◊ Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wiedenmayer, Jr.◊ Ms. Rebecca Wiggins Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkinson Sandy and Jerry Wischmeyer* Calvin and Diana Youngberg Jeffrey Zax and Judy Graham George and Arla Zimmerman*◊ Mary Marsh Zulack*

Associate ($100 - $249)

Anonymous (12) Mr. and Mrs. John Abramson Mr. Peter Abuisi Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Adams Ms. Kris Adams Ms. Suzanne Ageton Ms. Barbara J. Ahrens and Mr. Raymond C. Hauschel Mr. and Mrs. Charles Trotter Alexander Nancy and Mar Alterman Ms. Dawn Ammon Dr. Charles A. Ferguson and Ms. Lynn A. Amstutz Ms. Laurie Anderson Mr. William Arndt Mr. and Mrs. Guy M. Arnold Katy and John Arnold John Bardeen Mr. and Mrs. John Barker, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. John Bartle Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Bauder Edie Bell* Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bell Ms. Elena Berlinsky Ms. Kathleen Bessinger Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Bickart Ms. Sheila Bisenius Mrs. Sara Blackwelder and Mr. Andrew Ogle Bob Spencer and Sondra Bland Ms. Diane Bogart Ms. Elizabeth Bonney Mr. and Mrs. James M. Bowers Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bowers The Boyce Family Brewster and Helen Boyd

William Bradford and Chin Tan* Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Breitenstein Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Brock Mr. Jeffrey A. Brown Ms. Karen Bruggenthies Mr. John Buckley Mr. Thomas Bunge Philip and Joann Burstein Bob and Janie Butterly Mr. and Mrs. Martin Caplan Ms. Ana Carrera Dr. David B. Carrington Mr. Paul Cascio Ms. Teresa D. Case Ms. Grayson R. Cecil Mr. Richard Ceresko Ms. Karen Christiansen*◊ Mr. Connor G. Clark Mr. Stephen Clear Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Clouse Jill Clymer Dana K. Coffield Kenneth Cohen Alicia and Greg Corliss Ms. and Mr. Rhonda Crossen Ms. Barbara Cummings Ronald L. Deal* Mr. William B. Dehner and Ms. Emily Busalacchi Mr. and Mrs. Albert DeLauro Joy Dillon Mr. Charles Dinarello and Mr. Edward Kinney Scarlett and Geoff Dutton Maureen and Saul Eagle Mr. Larry Englaner Douglas J. Erion Mr. Ronald Ermold Mr. and Mrs. Craig Fales Mr. and Mrs. John Fenniman Mrs. Beverly Fernald Ms. Jeanine M. Figur Mr. Mark Filerman and Ms. Robin Beery Mr. Stephen G. Fincher Mr. and Mrs. William L. Ford Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Fowler Meg Frantz Keith French* Bob Fullerton Dr. and Ms. Rob Gerritsen Michael and Sara Gilbert Miriam Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. James Gillula Ms. Diane Gilmore K. Sue Giovanini* Mrs. Lillian M. Glahn* Mr. and Mrs. William Gleason Ms. Jean Gordon Ms. Margaret Gorsuch Mr. and Mrs. James C. Graves Dr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Greenholz Mr. John M. Greiner Ms. Kay Griffel Mr. Matthew Grove Ronald and Elnore Grow Dr. Mary Guy Ms. Jeanne Habbib Mrs. Elaine C. Hanak-Hall Joan Hays

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hays Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hazel Mrs. Richard W. Healy Ms. Holly Hedegaard Pamela Higgins Ms. Kristen Hirota Mrs. Sarah C. Hite* Ms. Judith Inman Ms. Deborah Jenkins Ms. Suszan Jenkins Charles and Peggy Jernigan Ms. Charlotte A. Johnson Mrs. Ilene M. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Steven H. Jordheim Mr. and Mrs. William Kast Jim and Charla Kates Theresa and Bob Keatinge Johanna Elizabeth Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kelly Ms. Sarah Kelzenberg Dr. Mary B. Kenny-Moynihan and Dr. Michael J. Moynihan Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kintsch Bonnie Kipple* Marianne L. Knott Ms. Svetlana Komisarchik Mr. Robert Koppe Mrs. Anne M. Kotch Sandy F. and Dorothy D. Kraemer Elizabeth B. Labrot* Edward and Mary Laves Wesley E. and Catherine H. Le Masurier Jack and Karen LeCuyer Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Lee Ms. Rita A. Lehr Ms. Lois Levinson Judy and Dan Lichtin Ms. Jenaveve Linabary and Mr. John Mietus Ms. Cindy Lindsay Ms. Mary Litwiler Ms. Claire Longo David Luck, DVM Frances A. MacAnally* Dr. and Mrs. William R. Maclay Mr. John A. Madden and Ms. Linda Poletti Ms. Beverly Marler Dr. and Mrs. William Marsh Hilton G. and Elizabeth A. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Randal Martines Pam and Mo Mathews Ms. Marlene Matzke Yolanda McAllister* Mr. Marcus McAskin Mr. and Mrs. Eric R. McDaniel* Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. McGonagle* Mr. William W. McIntyre and Mrs. Laura Martin Ms. Joan McWilliams Priscilla Mead and Charles Edwards◊ Russell R. Mellon and Lauretta C. Moell* Dan W. Miller Mr. John R. Miller Carrie M. Mitchell Christopher and Karen Mohr Mr. and Mrs. Leonard W. Molberg Mr. and Mrs. Richard Moraskie Carl and Deb Morrow* Dr. Ron and Alys Moubry

Rosemarie P. Murane Emily Murdock and Steven Aguiló-Arbues* Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Neas Diane Neumann Mrs. and Mr. Shelley Nuss Ms. Nancy Oberman Ms. Janet O'Halloran Roger and Stephanie Berg Oram Elizabeth Orr Erin and Ilya Osovets Dirk and Janet Pasterkamp Ms. Roz Patterson Mr. Floyd Pentlin Mr. and Ms. Brian Perry Lori Pidick and Mark Niles* Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Pons Ms. Priscilla L. Porter Carol S. Prescott Kathryn L. Pride Ms. Lisa Proch Mr. David Pyle Mr. and Mrs. Matt M. Railey Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Reisser Mr. James L. Riesberg Ms. Sharon N. Rouse Mr. and Mrs. R. Alan Rudy Jean Rueschhoff Dr. Thomas D. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sall Mr. and Ms. Raoul Salup Steven and Barbara Sande Mr. Youlon D. Savage Ms. Anne W. Schenkman Ella Schleicher Mrs. Karen P. Schmidt Ashley Lyford Schumar Elizabeth Schwarm and Rick Glesner Myra and Peter Schwartz Karl and Jocelyn Seller* Ms. Marilyn E. Sena* Ms. Helen Shreves Grant and Tina Simpson Mr. and Mrs. Michal Slouka Marriott and John Smart Dr. and Mrs. Charles Smith Ms. Kathy Smith Mr. and Mrs. Norman H. Smith, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Spaid Ms. Leza Spencer Mr. and Mrs. Greig W. Steiner Mr. and Mrs. Chet Stern Ms. Karen Stevens Susan Stiff* Libby Stokes Julie Stone and Ron Cummings Ms. Virginia Strange Steve and Phyllis Straub Mrs. Elaine Strauch Ms. Randi Stroh Mr. and Mrs. Leo F. Sullivan, Jr. Melinda Sullivan Ms. Kristen L. Sweat and Mr. Joseph Ricotta Mr. Paul Tamburello Mr. and Mrs. Martin N. Tarabocchia Ms. Carol Tarr Ms. Evelyn Taylor Patricia S. Teets

Ms. Jean Theobald Barbara Trick* Mr. and Mrs. James Zachry Turner Richard A. Vickery, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vinton Terry and JoAnn Vogt Mr. and Mrs. Robert von Trebra Bernd and Marta Wachter Heidemarie Wagner Betty Wall and Rolland Fischer Claire Walter Suzanne Walters Wilson W. Wampler Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ward Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Warren Mr. and Mrs. William F. Waters Mrs. Constance Watts Sara and Jeff Weil Ms. Leslie Weiner Alger Ms. Wendy Wenkstern Ms. Leigh West Mr. and Mrs. Rodney D. Wicklund Eugene and Kathleen Wiggs Ms. Mariya Winebrand Mr. and Mrs. David Wolf Mr. Richard Wood Mr. Gordon Yasinow Mr. Mark Zardus Mr. Christopher Zemliauskas

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FOR 90 YEARS, CENTRAL CITY OPERA HAS BROUGHT THE MAGNIFICENCE OF OPERA TO THE ROCKIES. The history, the pageantry, the artistic excellence and the energy all come together to create an unforgettable arts experience for everyone who enters our magical opera house. In planning for the future, we must see that Central City Opera has the funds to sustain and grow in order to continue to inspire audiences. Supporters of the Voice Your Dreams Endowment Campaign support the company, the performers, the historic properties, our community, the productions, and our education programming.

OUR CAMPAIGN GOAL IS $20,000,000 AND WE ONLY HAVE $4,372,305 LEFT TO SUCCESSFULLY REACH OUR GOAL! We aren’t doing this alone. A generous family foundation has stepped forward and graciously agreed to make the lead gift to this campaign as a matching grant of up to $10,000,000. This foundation will match, dollar-for-dollar, all cash gifts to the endowment fund.


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PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A GIFT to join the donors who have already committed to this monumental campaign. Thank you for being an essential part of Central City Opera’s future. Learn more & give: voiceyourdreams.org

Endowment Fund The following funds have been established to preserve the work of Central City Opera for future generations. These noteworthy gifts have an enduring impact, and the company is truly honored to be the recipient of such incredible investments.

Established Funds The Charles and Joan Albi Fund for Central City Opera The Margaret and Stanley Baker Fund for Central City Opera The Pamela and Louis Bansbach Fund for the Presentation of Musical Theatre The Edward E. and Jean R. Bolle Memorial Fund for Central City Opera The Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Training Program Fund The Nancy P. Brittain Fund for the Presentation of Established Works The Valerie Brown Fund for Education The Central City Opera Working Capital Endowment Fund The Melinda and John Couzens Fund for Central City Opera The Richard and Doris Cross Fund for Apprentice Artists The Michelle and Mark Dorman Fund for Central City Opera The John and Anne Draper Fund for Central City Opera The Cheryl and David Dutton Fund for Central City Opera The David R. Ericson Memorial Fund The Marty and Suzie Erzinger Fund for Central City Opera The Barbara and Charlie Ferguson Endowed Fund The Jeannie and John Fuller Fund for Studio Artists The Robert K. and Virginia E. Fuller Fund The Beverlee Henry and Robert P. Fullerton Fund for Central City Opera The E. Atwell Gilman Memorial Fund for Apprentice Artists The Judy and Newell Grant Fund for Central City Opera The Bridget and John Grier Fund for Central City Opera The Gina Guy Memorial Fund for Studio Artists The Colleen M. Healey Memorial Fund for Central City Opera The William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fund for Central City Opera The Jane A. Hultin Memorial Fund for Central City Opera The Sally Scott and Kevin Kearney Fund for Central City Opera The Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee Performance Fund The Kemper Family Foundations Fund for Central City Opera The John W. Kure and Cheryl L. Solich Fund for Central City Opera The Gregg Kvistad and Amy Oaks Fund for Central City Opera The Liz Lynner and Jim Palenchar Fund for Central City Opera The Lanny and Sharon Martin Fund for Central City Opera The Ruth McCormick-Tankersley Charitable Fund for Audience Development The Central City Opera Guild Mary McGlone Memorial Fund The Anne and Tom McGonagle Endowed Concertmaster Fund The John Moriarty Fund for Apprentice Artist Awards The Neustetter Fund for Central City Opera The Nancy S. Parker Fund for Central City Opera The Alfred and Ursula Powell Fund for Central City Opera The Karen and Andrew Ritz Fund for Education Programs The Phoebe Smedley Fund in recognition of Pat Pearce’s Enduring Contribution to CCO The John R. and Virginia L. Starkey Fund for Apprentice Artists The James B. Steed Memorial Fund The Trask Family Fund for Historic Property Maintenance The Kathy and Tom Tyree Fund for Central City Opera The Bob and Betsey Unger Fund to Support the Teller House The Rosalind and Dory Vanderhoof Fund for Studio Artists The George Ann and Buzz Victor Fund for Central City Opera The Eleanore Mullen Weckbaugh Foundation Fund for Central City Opera The Karin and Charlie Woolley Fund for Central City Opera The Carole J. Yaley Fund for Principal Flute

Pooled Endowment Funds

The following donors made gifts to Central City Opera for permanent investment between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Nancy Benson Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Danos Riisa and Pany Dikeou The Dinegar Family Mr. and Mrs. Dirk McDermott Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Nichols Alice and Tom Stephens

Endowed Contributions Mr. Roopesh Aggarwal and Ms. Lauren Lovejoy Mrs. Sara Blackwelder and Mr. Andrew Ogle The Boyce Family Gail Bransteitter Mr. Dean Burton Ms. Ana Carrera Mr. Eric Chinn Barbara and Ralph Cox Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dessens Mrs. Emily A. Eck Mo Ewing Mr. and Mrs. Scott Graves Thomas E. Healy Ms. Catherine Hoerter Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Hoover Bruce and Heidi Hoyt Julie Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Leitch Dr. and Mrs. William R. Maclay Ms. Anna Mille Drs. Harold and Sarah Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Sam Nicholson Erin and Ilya Osovets Pelham G. Pearce, Jr. Dave and Bette Poppers Ms. Lisa Proch Mr. James L. Riesberg Mrs. Marlene Siegel Mr. and Mrs. Lars O. Soderberg, Jr. Ms. Karen Stevens Mr. Vincent Szafranko Mr. Steven Talley Ms. Tolly Tate Ed and Patty Wahter Watt Family Foundation of Pikes Peak Community Foundation Xcel Energy Foundation Dr. Dean Yannias Mr. Mark Zardus

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Nancy Brittain (1937-2022)

A BELOVED LEADER, supporter and friend to Central City Opera, Nancy Brittain found a path to working in the development field after many years volunteering for her favorite non-profits. She worked for the Denver Botanic Gardens and Sewall Child Development Center before landing the position of Director of Development at Central City Opera. She served in this position until her retirement in April 2005. After her retirement, Nancy continued her work with Central City Opera as a volunteer. She served on the Board and Honorary Board for 15 years and was an


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advocate for CCO in the community. “Central City Opera is a complex organization that is good for businesses [and] good for entertainment,” said Nancy. She believed that Central City Opera was an essential part of Colorado’s history and thriving arts scene. “It is opera combined with living history,” she shared. “The Opera House was built by everyday people who wanted a place to sing.” In addition to giving her time, Nancy was a generous donor. Nancy’s unwavering commitment to Central City Opera has made an impact that will be felt for many years to come.


The Yellow Rose Society The Yellow Rose Society acknowledges those who are leaving a legacy for Central City Opera through a planned gift. These donors, with their foresight and generosity, are ensuring the long-term artistic and financial stability of the Company. YELLOW ROSE SOCIETY MEMBERS Charles and Joan Albi Mr. and Mrs. Patrick K. Bains Mix and Karen Beauvais The Morss Dehncke Family Cheryl and David Dutton Ms. Arline Echandia Mrs. Charles L. Ferguson Mr. and Mrs. John E. Fuller Mr. and Mrs. Verne J. Goodwin Deborah Hayes and James L. Martin Cathey A. Herren Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Huseby Kathryn S. Keller Johanna Elizabeth Kelly Phyllis Gottesfeld Knight Lizabeth A. Lynner and James L. Palenchar Dr. and Mrs. William R. Maclay Hilton G. and Elizabeth A. Martin Lanny and Sharon Martin Dr. Ron and Alys Moubry Ms. Lin Murphy Kathleen and John Ness Nancy S. Parker Dave and Bette Poppers Pam and Korvin Powell Mrs. Rosemary Priester Mr. Daniel L. Ritchie Karen and Andrew Ritz Steven and Barbara Sande Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Schaefer Terrence and Elaine Scholes Robert and Lucy Showalter Phoebe Smedley Alice and Tom Stephens Susan Stiff Jenene C. and James J. Stookesberry Ms. Barbara N. Walton Mr. Jerry F. Wathen

IN MEMORIAM Remembering members of the Yellow Rose Society who passed away in the last year: Nancy P. Brittain

Remembering members of the Yellow Rose Society who thoughtfully included Central City Opera in their estate plans: Anonymous Ms. Catherine H. Anderson Mr. Vincent L. Bates Edward E. and Jean R. Bolle Ms. Valerie G. Brown Erna D. Butler Walt and Mary-Ruth Duncan Mr. David R. Ericson Mr. Charles L. Ferguson Celeste and John Fleming E. Atwill and Callae Gilman Carol K. Gossard Gloria Gossard Gina Guy Barbara J. Hartley Jane A. Hultin Murlie J. Kogan Mr. Roy G. Krug Mrs. Ann C. Levy Mr. John D. Priester and Mrs. Rosemary Priester Mrs. Charles C. Reineman Helen Ruth Shapiro Dr. Ann M. Shaw Mrs. Joan. A. Siegel John R. and Virginia L. Starkey James B. Steed Laura Hannah Stein-Leavitt Mr. David G. Wood Dr. Raymond P. Wood II Ms. Ruth M. Zancanella

FOR MORE INFORMATION on planned giving, or to inform Central City Opera of your estate plans, please contact dev@centralcityopera.org.

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The Central City Opera Guild membership offers a variety of ways to be involved: • Fundraising • Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program Auditions • Education Programs • Historic Preservation • L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tours See Community Support for a list of Central City Opera Guild Divas/Divos.


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2022 Executive Board Louise Atkinson, President Nancy Hemming, President-Elect Cindy Koch, Past President Susan Stiff and Jane Ellison, Co-Vice Presidents of Membership Kristin Bender, Vice President of Education Cathy Groene, Vice President of Historic Properties Sara Blackwelder, Treasurer Suzie Erzinger, Secretary Sara Blackwelder, Central City Opera Staff Liaison

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Tributes IN HONOR Central City Opera acknowledges with gratitude the following gifts made in honor of the persons below. Gifts listed were received between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. In honor of Liz Arnold and Katrina Benes Mr. and Mrs. Lars O. Soderberg, Jr.

In honor of Audrey Graves Mr. and Mrs. James C. Graves

For the anniversary of Nancy D. Petry Mrs. Susan Mammel

In honor of Pam and Dutch Bansbach Cohig Mr. and Mrs. George G. Hutchison III Mr. and Mrs. David A. Wollard Mr. and Mrs. Willis A. Wood

In honor of Cathy Groene Ashley Lyford Schumar

In honor of Karen Ritz Mr. and Mrs. William D. Atkinson

In honor of Beckett Jenson Nancy S. Parker

In honor of Khaki Sawyer Patricia S. Teets

In honor of John Baril Anonymous Marcia L. Ragonetti Arts Education Fund Rita Sommers Buzz and George Ann Victor

In honor of Liz Lynner and Jim Palenchar Stephens Enders Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation

In honor of Tracy Collins Schwartz Monty and Kelly Henninger

In honor of John Baril and Brian Cook Javier Abreu In honor of the Benes Family Mr. and Mrs. Graham Thomas Benes In honor of Linda and Gray Clark Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Tavel In honor of Julia Luise Cole Mrs. Renee Koustas and Mr. Thomas J. Koustas In honor of Christina Dinegar Sandy F. and Dorothy D. Kraemer In honor of Ella Kathryn Dutton Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Dutton Cheryl and David Dutton Nancy S. Parker

In honor of Margaret Maloy Pamela and Louis Bansbach Monty and Kelly Henninger In honor of Lanny and Sharon Martin Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Shamos

In honor of Margaret Siegrist Gail Bransteitter In honor of Keely Simpson Dr. and Mrs. S. Gilbert Blount Mr. Drayton Nabers, Jr.

In honor of Ericka McDaniel Sandy F. and Dorothy D. Kraemer

In honor of Allison Smith Dr. and Mrs. William Marsh Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkinson

In honor of Anne McGonagle The Bird Family

In honor of Riley Grace Stewart Douglas J. Erion

In honor of Grace Ellen McHugh Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sall

In honor of the Swenson Girls Ms. Rebecca Wiggins

In honor of Caroline Elizabeth McInnes Kimberly B. Marsh Mr. and Mrs. Norman H. Smith, Jr.

In honor of Fannie Switzer James and Kathy Switzer

In honor of Lynne and Jon Montague-Clouse Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Clouse

In honor of Maude Lili Tetzeli Dr. and Mrs. Osgoode S. Philpott, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Scott W. Schoelzel

In honor of Chloe Sophia Fallin Mr. and Mrs. Craig Fales

In honor of Elizabeth Parks Morris Mr. and Mrs. William L. Ford

In honor of Sarah Louise Wagner Judith and Joe Wagner

In honor of Barbara Ferguson Ginny and Bob Fuller

In honor of Nancy Parker Bev and John Howell

In honor of Mary Ellen Walker Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Walker

In honor of Reeve Collins Ferlic Nancy S. Parker Mr. and Mrs. William F. Waters

In honor of Grayson Parsley Pamela Higgins Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hillary Mr. Finnerty "Finn" Curtis McCoy Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. McCoy, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Parsley

In honor of Carole J. Yaley Mr. and Mrs. John Abramson

In honor of Jeremy Fey Nancy and Mar Alterman In honor of Catalina “Quinn” Alvarado Geller Maureen and Saul Eagle Mr. Mark Filerman and Ms. Robin Beery Gibson Smith In honor of Katie Grassby Mr. and Mrs. William D. Atkinson

In honor of Pat Pearce’s 25th Anniversary with CCOHA John Baril and Brian Cook Phebe Berkowitz-Tanners Trish and Ted Millice Dave and Bette Poppers Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Willis

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Tributes IN MEMORY Central City Opera acknowledges with gratitude the following gifts made in memory of the persons below. Gifts listed were received between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. In memory of Roger Ames Karen and Andrew Ritz In memory of Robert G. Beebe Ms. Judith C. Olsen In memory of Nancy Brittain Mr. Charles E. Anderson Ms. Lou Ann Baker Pamela and Louis Bansbach John Baril and Brian Cook Mr. and Mrs. W. Dennis Cheroutes Mrs. Charles L. Ferguson Mr. Scott Finlay and Mr. Thomas J. Duggan John and Jeannie Fuller Mr. Newell M. Grant Mr. James R. Hilger, Jr. Lanny and Sharon Martin Trish and Ted Millice Nancy S. Parker Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Pierce Karen and Andrew Ritz Rita Sommers Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd C. Steinmann Mr. Matthew D. Strickler Mr. and Mrs. Matthew M. Strickler Buzz and George Ann Victor Ms. Barbara N. Walton Pam and Sonny Wiegand Mr. and Mrs. J. Russell Wilkins II Sandy and Jerry Wischmeyer In memory of Herbert Brock Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Brock In memory of Lew Cady Susan Martin and Chet Hampson In memory of Beverly Coffman Karen and Andrew Ritz In memory of Mason Cramer Mr. and Mrs. Gene A. Young In memory of Margaret Foster Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S. Sparks In memory of Robert M. Frank Ms. Samantha Caravello In memory of Karen Kay Frasco Bill and Roberta Martin


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In memory of Robert P. Fullerton Mr. and Mrs. Gray Clark Colorado Association of Realtors Foundation Ginny and Bob Fuller John and Jeannie Fuller Beverlee Henry Fullerton Lanny and Sharon Martin Mrs. Marlene Siegel Buzz and George Ann Victor

In memory of John Moriarty Friends and Colleagues of John Moriarty John Baril and Brian Cook Ms. Charlotte A. Johnson Marianne L. Knott Lanny and Sharon Martin Nancy S. Parker Karen and Andrew Ritz Elizabeth Schwarm and Rick Glesner

In memory of Judith W. Grant Mr. Roopesh Aggarwal and Ms. Lauren Lovejoy John Baril and Brian Cook Mr. and Mrs. Francis Barron Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cole Alicia and Greg Corliss Mr. Newell M. Grant Wanda M. Larson Lanny and Sharon Martin Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. McCann Kimberly Victor Neckers Dave and Bette Poppers Buzz and George Ann Victor Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wiedenmayer, Jr. Sandy and Jerry Wischmeyer

In memory of Robert Ward Phelps Ms. Juliana Phelps

In memory of Martha Greenberg Ms. Suzanne Ageton In memory of Gina Guy Tyson Dines III In memory of Deb Hruby Carl and Deb Morrow In memory of Jane A. Hultin Cia A. Wenzel In memory of Jack Kelly Mr. John Soppe In memory of Diana and Richard Lyford Lanny and Sharon Martin In memory of Susan Raymond Marsh Mary Marsh Zulack

In memory of John and Rosemary Priester The Priester Foundation In memory of Leo and Elizabeth Rostermundt Jacklyn Writz In memory of Dolores Spellman Wanda M. Larson In memory of Thomas and Joan Tyree Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Tyree, Jr. In memory of Dave and Mary Wood Western Colorado Community Foundation

2022 Flower Girls

Piper Elizabeth Adams Elizabeth Joy Austin Sawyer Anina Beardsley Mallory Jane Blunk Bradley Shaw Calkins Emerson-Ellis Coleman Sutton Elaine Damiano Ella Faith Dammen Taleigh Ann Davis Adelle Kristyna Dhanda

Lilly Paris D’hondt Leah Olympia Frankel Olivia Newell Goodreau Demi Evangeline Grauer Caroline Blake Halaby Avery Jane Hicks Ella Bardsley Kitt Riley Layne Leversedge Katherine Jordan Little Catherine Noelle Maloy

THE FLOWER GIRL TRADITION began in 1932 at the grand re-opening of the Central City Opera House. Two young ladies, Nancy Kountze and Elaine Oakes, were presented as the first Flower Girls. They often watched the rehearsals of the inaugural production and were asked to pass out nosegays to members of

Halle Kathryn Metcalf Ana Patricia Myers Kathryn Grace Parsons Faith Elizabeth Reeman Samantha Sage Rudnick Ellie Madison Seccombe Meredith McIntosh Waters Avery Cheshire White Edith Elizabeth White

the audience at intermission. Today, young women from prominent Colorado families are still invited to be Central City Opera Flower Girls, and their presentation celebrates the start of the Central City Opera Festival each year.

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Become a part of Central City Opera’s 90-year legacy of producing world-class opera, training young artists, preserving Colorado history and bringing opera to our communities. We couldn’t do this without your commitment to the arts in Colorado.



Special Thanks and Gifts-in-kind Central City Opera sincerely appreciates the following individuals and organizations who have dedicated their time, opened their doors and contributed much-needed products and services in the last year. Ms. Susan Adams

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Dutton

Cindy Koch

Melissa A. Rick

Roopesh Aggarwal

Kathy Eichenberger

Jamie Kraus

Karen and Andrew Ritz

El Pomar Foundation

John Kure and Cheryl Solich

Rocky Mountain PBS

Jeff Aiken

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew D. Emerson

Gregg Kvistad and Amy Oaks

Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Russo

Liz Arnold

Ron Engels

Wendy Labbett

Joachim Schamberger

Louise Atkinson

Enstrom Candies

Judy Laratta

Laura Trask Schneider

Sandi Ausman

Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Erzinger

Nathan Laube

Betsy Schwarm

AWS Drilling & Blasting, Inc

Mr. and Mrs. Brian P. Fallin

Laws Whiskey House

Dr. Sarah K. Scott

Michael Baitzer

Mrs. Charles L. Ferguson

Levitt Pavilion

Margaret and Stan Baker

Will Ferguson

Grady Lewis, USA Cable


Roger Baker

Jeremy Fey

Jenaveve Linabary

Margaret Siegrist

Pamela and Louis Bansbach

Kay Fiege

Carolyn L. Longmire

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Simpson

Maureen K. Barker

First Western Trust Bank

Brooke Maloy

Kathy Smith

Reba Bechtel

Flower Power

Mar Studio

Mr. and Mrs. Lars O. Soderberg, Jr.

Beck's Silk Plant Company

Ginny and Bob Fuller

Lanny and Sharon Martin

Stabio Productions

Edie Bell

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

Carla Masur

Susan Stiff

Kristin and Jim Bender

Jamie Giellis

Suzanne Matthews

St. James United Methodist Church

Katrina Benes

Gilpin County

Mr. and Mrs. Eric R. McDaniel

Jill Story

The Buckner Company

Gilpin County Arts Association

Mr. and Mrs. Dirk McDermott

Erin Joy Swank

Sharon Cate

Gilpin County Historical Society

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. McGonagle

Vincent Szafranko

Dick Cavenah

The Golden Rose Antique Store

Mr. Jerome and Dr. Stacy McHugh

T is for Table

Ken Cazan

Adelina Gonzales

Mr. and Mrs. James N. McInnes

Ms. Barbara J. Thielemann


Newell Grant

Joan McWilliams

Kara Tinucci

City of Central

Katie Grassby

Priscilla Mead

Amanda Tipton

Central City Opera Guild

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Groene

Daniel Miera

Tommyknockers Holiday Craft Fair

Guests of the Central City Opera

Sabina Grusnick

Heather and Mike Miller

Elaine Torres

Daniela Guzmán-Ègüez

Patrice Mondragon

Adam Turner

Centro San Juan Diego

Lynn Harrington

Lynne and Jon Montague-Clouse

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Tyree, Jr.

Anne Chandler

Byron and Lisa Haselden

The Morss Dehncke Family

UMB Financial Corporation

Ms. Karen Christiansen

Nancy M. Hemming

David K. Murdock

Shannon Umetani

City Floral

Beverlee Henry Fullerton

Kathleen and John Ness

Vectra Bank - Colorado

Linda Fullerton Clark

Jack Hidahl

Sherry Niemann and Carole Massey

Eli Wald

Elizabeth and Jon Clarke

Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Huseby

Novacek Greenhouse

Tim Walker

Colorado Expression

Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC

Stephanie Oliver

Brian Weldon

Colorado Public Radio

Scottie Iverson

Dr. and Mrs. Joe K. Ozaki

Kathy Wells

Amy Corrigan

Sue Janssen

Pacific Office Automation

Wellshire Event Center

Melinda and John Couzens

Jay's Valet

Nancy S. Parker

Nancy and Jan Westman

Chris and Lisa Curwen

JKQ Consolidated, LLC

Terri Pederson

Aaron Whitaker

Christy Darling

Kathy Jolly

Amy Plank

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher

Joanne Davidson

Kathy and Brad Coors Foundation

Plum Sage Flowers

Denver Art Museum


Dave and Bette Poppers

Robert "Sonny" Wiegand II

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Dinegar

Gail and Mike Keeler

David Pyle

Dolores Williams

Jami Dinsmore

Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group

Kaye Rasmussen

Sarah Woods

Allison Dodge

Wayne Kjorvestad

Susan B. Rawley

Carole Yaley

and Lauren Lovejoy


and Mr. Kevin Kearney

G. Wiedenmayer, Jr.

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CENTRAL CITY OPERA Repertory Opera, Operetta, Musical Theatre by Composer ADAMO Little Women, 2001 (Regional Premiere)

DÉLIBES Lakmé, 1965

HERBERT Naughty Marietta, 1986

AITKEN Fables, 1981

DONIZETTI The Daughter of the Regiment, 1985 Don Pasquale, 1987, 1978, 1967, 1951, 1950 The Elixir of Love, 1983, 1961 Lucia di Lammermoor, 2009, 1989, 1980, 1960

HOIBY The Scarf, 1981 Summer and Smoke, 2002 (Regional Premiere)

EDWARDS 1776, 1972

LEHÁR The Merry Widow, 1997, 1990, 1979, 1967, 1933

ANDERSON Soyazhe, 1979 (World Premiere) ARGENTO The Boor, 1980, 1978 Postcard from Morocco, 1980 (Regional Premiere) BALFE The Bohemian Girl, 1978

FLOTOW Martha, 1947

BARBER Vanessa, 2005 (Regional Premiere)

FLOYD Of Mice and Men, 1970 (Regional Premiere) Susannah, 2008, 1997 (Regional Premiere)

BEACH Cabildo, 2017 BEETHOVEN Fidelio, 1947

FRIML Rose Marie, 1993 The Vagabond King, 1994, 1987

BERNSTEIN Candide, 2000, 1980 West Side Story, 2008 Trouble in Tahiti, 2014 BIZET Carmen, 2017, 2011, 2002, 1993, 1985, 1966, 1953 BOISMORTIER Don Quixote and the Duchess, 2015 BRITTEN Billy Budd, 2019 (Colorado Premiere) The Burning Fiery Furnace, 2017 Curlew River, 2008 Gloriana, 2001 (First North American Production) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2002, 1977, 1974 Paul Bunyan, 2005 (Regional Premiere) The Prodigal Son, 2015 The Rape of Lucretia, 2008 The Turn of the Screw, 2012 CAVALLI Scipio Africanus, 1975 (Regional Premiere) DEBUSSY The Blessed Damozel, 2019


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KERN Show Boat, 2013 Denver

LEIGH Man of La Mancha, 2015 LEONCAVALLO I Pagliacci, 2003, 1958 LOEWE Gigi, 1974 MARSCHNER The Vampire, 1980

GERSHWIN The Gershwin Years A Review, 1973

MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana, 1958

GLUCK Orpheus and Eurydice, 1941

MASSENET Cendrillon, 2007 Le jongleur de Notre Dame, 2004 (Regional Premiere) Manon, 1994, 1965

GOUNOD Faust, 1992, 1954 Romeo and Juliet, 1991, 1951 GRANADOS Goyescas, 2003 (Regional Premiere) GUETTEL The Light in the Piazza, 2022 GUO WENJING Poet Li Bai, 2007 (World Premiere) HÄNDEL Acis and Galatea, 2018 Amadigi di Gaula, 2011 (North American Fully-Staged Premiere) Rinaldo, 2009 (Regional Premiere) HEGGIE Dead Man Walking, 2014 Three Decembers, 2010 (Regional Premiere) Two Remain, 2022 (Regional Premiere)

MENOTTI Amelia Goes to the Ball, 1951 The Medium, 2012, 1979 The Saint of Bleecker Street, 2007 MOLLICONE The Face on the Barroom Floor, 2018, 2010-1978 (World Premiere) Gabriel’s Daughter, 2003 (World Premiere) MONTEVERDI L’incoronazione di Poppea, 2006 MOORE The Ballad of Baby Doe, 2016, 2006, 1996, 1988, 1981, 1976, 1966, 1959, 1956 (World Premiere) Gallantry, 2017

MOZART The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1946 Così fan tutte, 2017, 1990, 1948 Don Giovanni, 2006, 1975, 1963 The Impresario, 2016 The Magic Flute, 2018, 1995, 1989 The Marriage of Figaro, 2014, 1979, 1972, 1952

SCHEFTER The Mistake, 1981

MUSTO Later the Same Evening, 2016

STRAUSS, Jr., J. Die Fledermaus, 2022, 1999, 1991, 1977, 1969, 1959, 1949 The Gypsy Baron, 1957

NICOLAI The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1953 OFFENBACH Isle of Tulipatan, 1981 Orpheus in the Underworld, 2010 La Périchole, 1958 The Tales of Hoffmann, 2004, 1948 PASATIERI Signor Deluso, 2011, 2010 POULENC Dialogues of the Carmelites, 2000 Litanies to the Black Virgin, 2019 Les mamelles de Tirésias, 2011

SMETANA The Bartered Bride, 1977, 1940 SONDHEIM A Little Night Music, 2009

STRAUSS, R. Ariadne auf Naxos, 1954 Capriccio, 1976 Salome, 1978 Denver SULLIVAN The Gondoliers, 1936 H.M.S. Pinafore, 1968, 1955 Iolanthe, 1968, 1955 The Mikado, 1968, 1955 The Pirates of Penzance, 1968 Trial by Jury, 1955 The Yeomen of the Guard, 1968, 1955, 1939

PUCCINI La bohème, 2012, 2001, 1994, 1986, 1976 Denver, 1970, 1962, 1952 Gianni Schicchi, 2011, 1978 The Girl of the Golden West, 1999, 1962 Madama Butterfly, 2019, 2010, 2005, 1997, 1987, 1981, 1964, 1950 Tosca, 2016, 1998, 1991, 1969, 1956

SUPPE The Beautiful Galatea, 1951

PURCELL Dido and Aeneas, 2021, 2008

VERDI Aida, 1975 Denver, 1960 Falstaff, 1993, 1973, 1972 Macbeth, 1988 A Masked Ball, 1967 Rigoletto, 2021, 1996, 1984, 1974, 1957 La traviata, 2015, 2007, 2000, 1990, 1983, 1961, 1946 Il trovatore, 2018, 1963

RODGERS Carousel, 2021 Oklahoma!, 2012 The Sound of Music, 2014 ROMBERG The Desert Song, 1989, 1985 The New Moon, 1996, 1988 The Student Prince, 2004, 1992, 1984 ROREM Our Town, 2013 ROSSINI The Barber of Seville, 2013, 1998, 1986, 1979, 1973, 1965, 1941 Cinderella, 1984 The Italian Girl in Algiers, 2003, 1992, 1966 SCHMIDT I Do! I Do!, 1971

TCHAIKOVSKY The Queen of Spades, 1995 (Regional Premiere) ULLMANN Der Kaiser von Atlantis, 2013 Denver

WARD The Crucible, 1998 (Regional Premiere) The Lady from Colorado, 1964 (World Premiere) WEILL Die sieben Todsünden, 2011 (Regional Premiere) Street Scene, 1999 (Regional Premiere) The Threepenny Opera, 1995 WILDER Sunday Excursion, 1978

WOLF-FERRARI The Four Ruffians, or School for Fathers, 1975 THEATRE PIECES An Afternoon with Ilka Chase, 1953 And Perhaps Happiness, 1958 Anna Russell, 1977 Any Wednesday, 1965 Barefoot in the Park, 1964 Burgess Meredith in An Unpleasant Evening with H. L. Mencken, 1961 Buried Child, 1980 Bus Stop, 1955 Cactus Flower, 1967 The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, 1954 Camille, 1932 Central City Nights, 1935 The Circle, 1979 The Constant Wife, 1951 Cornelia Otis Skinner in The Loves of Charles II, 1951 Cornelia Otis Skinner in Mansion on the Hudson, 1951 Cornelia Otis Skinner in The Wives of Henry VIII, 1951 Daniel Reed, Susan Reed, Jordan Reed, 1952 The Devil’s Disciple, 1950 Diamond Lil, 1949 A Doll’s House, 1937 An Evening of Mirth and Music with Meredith and Rini Willson, 1961 Forty Carats, 1970 The Gazebo, 1959 Harvey, 1947, 1971 Hay Fever, 1980 The Hollow Crown, 1973 The Irregular Verb to Love, 1973 The Lark, 1956 Last of the Red Hot Lovers, 1972 Lillian Gish and the Movies, 1971 Mary, Mary, 1962 Max Morath at the Turn of the Century, 1971 The Miracle Worker, 1961 A Month in the Country, 1979 Mrs. McThing, 1952 Never Too Late, 1963 The Odd Couple, 1966 Othello, 1934 The Play’s the Thing, 1948 Plaza Suite, 1969 Private Lives, 1972 Ruy Blas, 1938 Seeing Things with John Mason Brown, 1951 Separate Tables, 1957 Tallulah, A Memory, 1973 There’s a Girl in My Soup, 1968 A Thurber Carnival, 1960 The Time of the Cuckoo, 1953 William Windom Plays Thurber, 1975

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Season 43 2022-2023

Carlisle Floyd's

FALL 2022

SUSANNAH dido and aeneas re-imagined Henry Purcell

An ancient tale, a baroque classic re-imagined with bluegrass instrumentation.

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Credits and Acknowledgements CENTRAL CITY OPERA POLICIES Thank you for attending this Central City Opera performance. For the benefit of all patrons, please note the following policies: • Performances begin promptly at the advertised time. Due to the historic and intimate nature of our venue, it is difficult to seat latecomers without interrupting the rest of the audience’s experience. If you arrive late, we offer a live television stream of the performance in our Terrace Room on the ground floor of the Teller House. Patrons can watch there until seating is again appropriate, which may not be until after the first intermission. • Patron use of cellular phones, cameras and recording devices is not allowed in the Opera House. • Food is not allowed in the Opera House. • Water and beverages in CCO covered cups are allowed inside the Opera House. • Please be considerate of other patrons and refrain from talking or making other audible disturbances during the performance. • Unless the performance is cancelled, no refunds are given for any reason, including supertitle malfunction and weather conditions. • Casting is subject to change without notice. • Should first aid become necessary, please contact the nearest usher. • Assisted listening devices are available upon request. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Opera House Patio and on the lower floor of the Teller House. An additional accessible restroom is located on the first floor of the Teller House.

PROGRAM CREDITS Lauren Grulke, Editor Melissa Rick, Art Direction and Graphic Design Gail Bransteitter and Erin Osovets, Advisors Contributors: Roopesh Aggarwal, John Baril, Elisabeth Boyce, Gail Bransteitter, Ken Cazan, Eric Chinn, Angela Dombrowski, Karen Federing, Dan Wallace Miller, Anne McGonagle, Emily Murdock, Erin Osovets, Pamela A. Pantos, Pelham G. Pearce, Margaret Siegrist and Joachim Schamberger Contributing photographers: Mark Kiryluk, Jamie Kraus and Amanda Tipton

Central City Opera is funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), created by Metro voters in 1988 to provide public financial support to scientific and cultural organizations via the .1% retail sales and use tax in the seven-county district.

Central City Opera is a member of OPERA America. Central City Opera 4875 Ward Rd, Suite 100 Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 centralcityopera.org

GIFT SHOP Be sure to stop by the Central City Opera Gift Shop, located in the Teller House adjacent to the Opera House. BOX OFFICE The Administrative Central City Opera Box Office is located at 4875 Ward Road, Suite 100, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Box Office in Central City is located at the Teller House adjacent to the Opera House and is open one hour before each performance. The Central City Opera Box Office number is 303.292.6700 or 1.800.851.8175. Ticketing online is available at centralcityopera.org.

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Gilpin County Arts Association................................. 65

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Black Hawk Silver Dollar Metro District.................... 13

Gilpin Historical Society........................................... 22

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.......................... 88

Boulder Philharmonic............................................... 18

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Carousel of Happiness.............................................. 70

Jay’s Valet................................................................64

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