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Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in News | 0 comments


Denver, Colo.- The show-stopping line up of internationally renowned artists has been selected for Central City Opera’s (CCO) 2012 Festival, which also marks the organization’s 80th anniversary. Running June 30 to Aug. 12, the Festival offers a wide range of selections with something for everyone, including three new productions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical theater classic, Oklahoma!; Puccini’s famous opera, La bohème, and Benjamin Britten’s ghostly The Turn of the Screw. A full cast list for each of the 2012 productions is located at the end of this release.

Oklahoma! (June 30 – Aug. 11) – The 2012 Festival opens with a new production of the Broadway classic Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Considered to be the “first great American musical,” this piece launched the remarkable songwriting collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Oklahoma! is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, two Academy Awards, a Grammy and a special Tony Award, among many others. Based on the 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, Oklahoma! ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances after its original opening in 1943. Set at the turn of the 20th century in the Oklahoma territory, Oklahoma! is the cherished love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, an endearing yet independent farm girl. Featuring favorite numbers like “People Will Say We’re In Love”, “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’”, and “Surrey With the Fringe On Top”, this musical has won the hearts of people time and time again. Oklahoma! will be performed in English.

La bohème (July 7 – Aug. 12) – One of the world’s most popular operas, Central City Opera will present an all new production of La bohème for its 2012 Festival’s second offering. Giacomo Puccini’s famous four-act opera with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa is about struggling young artists and the risks of living life on the edge. Based on Henri Murger’s book, Scènes de la vie de bohème, the opera first premiered in Turin in 1896 and quickly gained popularity in Italy, then internationally, and is now one of the most performed operas worldwide. Set in Paris in around 1830 (CCO’s new production will be set in the 1930s), La bohème follows the challenges faced by Bohemians, specifically Mimì and Rodolfo, whose love-at-first-sight attraction is stifled by the hopeful but impoverished lives they lead. The heartwarming story that inspired the Tony award-winning musical Rent, La bohème combines the perfect mix of romance, friendship, and the pursuit of love and art. La bohème will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

The Turn of the Screw (July 14 – Aug. 4) – As its final presentation in 2012 and in celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth in 1913, Central City Opera will feature a new production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. With a libretto by Myfanwy Piper, the opera is based on the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. A chamber opera set in an English country house during the mid-nineteenth century, The Turn of the Screw tells the story of a Governess who keeps watch over two children, Miles and Flora, at their home called the Bly House. The story quickly unfolds as the Governess’ seemingly simple job becomes a fight to protect the troubled children from the apparitions of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, the former servant and governess. First premiered in London in 1954 and described as one of the most dramatically appealing English operas, The Turn of the Screw is oftentimes recognized by its twelve-note ‘Screw’ theme, which precedes each of the opera’s sixteen scenes. The Turn of the Screw will be performed in English.

2012 Festival Tickets on Sale Now!

2012 Festival subscriptions include the options of a two-pack of Oklahoma! and La bohème or a three-pack including The Turn of the Screw. Subscriptions are on sale now starting at just $30. Single tickets, starting at $20, go on sale April 1. In addition to its slate of operas for 2012, CCO will continue to present exciting new Festival events and enhancements. For more information or to purchase tickets for 2012, visit or call 303-292-6700.


Central City Opera 2012 Production Cast Lists

Additional roles TBA   *=Central City Opera Debut


Music: Richard Rodgers

Libretto: Oscar Hammerstein

Conductor:Christopher Zemliauskas

Director: Ken Cazan                           

Choreographer: Daniel Pelzig

Assistant Director:TBD

Scenic Designer: Alan E. Muraoka*

Costume Designer:Marcy Froelich*

Lighting Designer: David Martin Jacques

Wig/Makeup Designer: Dave Bova*

Associate Conductor: Adam Turner

Chorus Master: Adam Turner

Musical Preparation: Caren Levine*/Bonnie Koestner*

Stage Manager: Diane Lin Cole

Assistant Stage Manager: Ginger Castleberry



Laurey: Maureen McKay*

Curly: Matthew Worth

Will Parker: Curt Olds

Jud: Paul La Rosa*

Ali Hakim: Gene Scheer

Aunt Eller: Joyce Castle

Ado Annie: Kaitlyn Costello*

Gertie Cummings: Erin Greene

Andrew Carnes: Donald Hartmann*

Ike Skidmore: Nathan Milholin

Cord Elam: Andrew Lovato

Ellen: Alisa Jordheim

Fred: Stephen Carroll

Virginia: Claire Kuttler

Kate: Monica Soto-Gil

Vivian: Catherine O’Rourke

Dream Laurey Dancer: Sarah Tallman

Dream Curly Dancer: Colby Foss*



La bohème

Music: Giacomo Puccini

Libretto: Giacosa and Illica

Conductor: John Baril

Director: Kevin Newbury*

Assistant Director: R.B Schlather

Scenic Designer: David Korins*

Costume Designer: Jessica Jahn*

Lighting Designer: David Martin Jacques

Wig/Makeup Designer: Dave Bova*

Chorus Master: Adam Turner

Children’s Chorus Master: TBD

Associate Conductor: Adam Turner (conducting two main stage performances and the Family Matinee)

Musical Preparation: Bonnie Koestner/Michael Baitzer

Stage Manager: Rachel Ginsberg

Assistant Stage Manager: Ginger Castleberry

Surtitles: Thomas Getty



Rodolfo: Eric Margiore*

Mimi: Elizabeth Caballero

Marcello: Troy Cook*

Musetta: Deborah Selig

Colline: Ryan Speedo Green*

Schaunard: Chris Carr

Benoit/Alcindoro: Donald Hartmann

Parpignol: Nicholas Nesbitt*

Custom-House Officer: Aaron Ingersoll*

Sergeant: Edward Nelson*

Prune Vendor: Galeano Salas*

Children’s Colorado Chorale


The Turn of the Screw

Music: Benjamin Britten

Libretto: Myfanwy Piper

Conductor: Steuart Bedford

Director: Alessandro Talevi

Assistant Director: Stephanie Havey

Scenic & Costume Designer: Madeleine Boyd

Lighting Designer: David Martin Jacques

Wig/Makeup Designer: Dave Bova*

Associate Conductor: Adam Turner

Musical Preparation: Michael Baitzer/Caren Levine

Stage Manager: Diane Lin Cole

Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel L. Ginzberg

Supertitles: Thomas Getty

Piano: Michael Baitzer



Prologue/Peter Quint: Vale Rideout

Governess: Sinead Mulhern*

Miles: TBD

Flora: Alisa Jordheim

Mrs. Grose: Maria Zifchak

Miss Jessel: Rebecca Nash*



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