Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Central City Opera Opens With "Lucia"

Four more days before Central City Opera (CCO) begins its 2009 Festival Season! The three productions this summer are Rinaldo by Georg Friedrich Handel, A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim, and Lucia di Lammermoor (pictured left) by Gaetano Donizetti.

The season kicks off Saturday evening (June 27) at 8:00 with Lucia, the best known among Donizetti's 70-odd operatic compositions. It debuted in 1835 to great acclaim and has never been out of the standard repertoire, which is quite an amazing record. The title role is sung by Lyubov Petrova, with Colorado native Vale Rideout as her lover, Edgardo. The production is directed by former Met opera star Catherine Malfitano, her third directorial turn with the company.

The three CCO operas appear in rotation throughout the season, which ends Sunday, August 2. Tickets are available online or by calling the Denver-area box office at (303) 292-6700.

Be sure to check out the July issue of Colorado Music Buzz, which features a Spotlight story on tenor Vale Rideout.

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