Central City Opera Presents Double Bill Featuring ‘The Blessed Damozel’ and ‘Litanies to the Black Virgin’

By Francisco Salazar

Central City Opera is set to present “The Blessed Damozel” by Debussy and “Litanies to the Black Virgin” by Poulenc as part of a new Double Bill.

The two rarely performed works, which OperaWire named as one of the top operas to see this summer, will be directed by Alessandro Talevi, who directed “The Magic Flute” for the company in 2018. The production will showcase the women of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program.

“Damozel” is based on a poem and painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, which was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” while “Litanies to the Black Virgin” captures composer Francis Poulenc’s “personal grappling with religion and grief through strains of stunning, unearthly music.”

The works, which will close the Central City Opera season, are set to be presented at the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and will open on July 23 and run through August 1.