We can't take credit for this one, but the Central City Opera seems
to have picked up on the theme for our conference.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by Benjamin Britten
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind."
ONE MYSTICAL, MOONLIT NIGHT in an enchanted forest is all Shakespeare
needed to rewrite the rules of love. With mischief and magic, the
fairy world restores peace and harmony, four young lovers find
happiness, and six humble workers have their moment in the spotlight.
Benjamin Britten's lighthearted opera faithfully catures the joyful
merriment of the original play. Fall under the spell of this rich,
romantic comedy. Performed in English.
Performances near and on the conference weekend will be Tuesday July
23, Friday July 26, Sunday matinee July 28, and Wednesday July 31.
Ticket prices range from $42 to $72 and performances tend to sell out
About Central City Opera
Built in 1878 by Welsh and Cornish miners, the Central City Opera
House has been restored to its Victorian splendor. The opera house is
home to Central City Opera, the fifth-oldest opera company in the
United States, founded in 1932. The national summer opera festival
draws patrons from 46 states, presenting works of artistic excellence
from standard and 20th century repertoire. Numerous stars of the
opera and stage have performed in the Central City summer festivals,
including Beverly Sills, Jerome Hines, Lillian Gish, Helen Hayes,
Samuel Ramey, and Catherine Malfitano. For more than 20 years, the
prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program has
served as a national model for training young singers. Successful
commissions for the company include the American classic THE BALLAD
OF BABY DOE and the popular one-act opera THE FACE ON THE BARROOM
FLOOR; the company's recordings of both operas are in international
Central City is in the foothills west of Golden, south of Boulder.
The former mining community now hosts limited stakes gambling, but
unlike its neighbor, Black Hawk, Central City has chosen to preserve
its historic atmosphere.
If people are interested in getting a group together to attend one of
the performances, let your conference committee know and we'll see if
we can arrange it.