Central City Opera Names Michael Ehrman as Director and Administrator of Artist Training Program
Denver, Colo. - Central City Opera’s (CCO) General/Artistic Director, Pelham (Pat) G. Pearce, is pleased to announce that Michael Ehrman has been named as director and administrator of the company’s nationally recognized Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.
Ehrman will maintain the format established by John Moriarty, who founded the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program in 1978. It will continue to include added acting and stage technique classes, as well as aria coaching. The Studio Artists will have opera scene study with the CCO directing staff in preparation for the Short Works scenes offerings. During the 2014 Festival, Apprentice Artists will also perform in Trouble in Tahiti, a one-act opera by Leonard Bernstein being performed on select dates at the Williams Stables, which is directed by Ehrman. They will continue to perform featured roles in the main stage productions, as well as covering roles that will be performed by CCO’s guest artists. CCO will also carry forward its mission for the program to make sure that the Apprentice Artists receive information and coaching in regards to the business aspects of the art form and its ever-evolving trends.
Ehrman first made his debut with Central City Opera in 1981 as Assistant Director of The Ballad of Baby Doe. He has directed 20 productions with CCO, including the AmericanOpera Series from 1996-1999, which featured the fortieth anniversary of The Ballad of Baby Doe (recorded by Newport Classics), Susannah, The Crucible, and Street Scene. Mr. Ehrman returned to direct the 50th anniversary production of The Ballad of Baby Doe in 2006, followed by his most recent credit with the company as director ofSusannah in 2008.
Ehrman has directed more than 150 productions and has won acclaim for his productions at such companies as Houston Grand Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston LyricOpera and Chicago Opera Theater. Ehrman’s staging of the musical Carnival was named on several of Chicago’s “Ten Best” lists for 2005. Recent works include La bohème for Indianapolis Opera and Madison Opera, Falstaff for Indianapolis Opera,Street Scene for the Minnesota Opera, Die Zauberflöte and The Mikado for the Colorado Symphony, and The Barber of Seville and The Sound of Music for TulsaOpera. And, in 2013, Ehrman made his debut with the Ravinia Festival directing Die Zauberflöte, which starred James Conlon and Nathan Gunn.