Central City Opera’s 2017 Summer Festival Kicks Off With Classic Operas

By David Salazar

Central City Opera is gearing up to start its 2017 Summer festival, which will begin with a production of Bizet’s iconic “Carmen.”

The production kicks off on July 8 and runs for a total of 14 performances, including 10 matinee shows and four evenings. The cast will include Emily Pulley, Adriano Graziani, Angela Mortellaro and Michael Mayes. The production will be directed by Jose Maria Condemi.

On July 15, 2017, the company will kick off its production of “Così fan tutte,” which runs for a total of nine shows, including six matinees. The final performance takes place on August 4, 2017. Stephen Barlow directs a cast that includes Haily Clark, Tamara Gura, Matthew Plenk, David Adam Moore, Megan Marino, and Patrick Carfizzi.

That will be followed by Britten’s “The Burning Fiery Furnace,” starting on July 26, 2017 and running for just three total performances. The cast includes Bille Bruley, Zhiguang Hong, Tim Murray, Humbert Borboa, Stephen Clark and Dean Murphy.

On July 26, 2018 the company also kicks off a three- performance showcase of Amy Beach’s “Cabildo,” starring John Kun Park, Nathan Ward, Louise Rogan, Bryan Murray, Lucas van Lierop, Tyler Putnam and Shannon Jennings.

The festival draws to a close on August 3 and 4 with a performance of Douglas Moore’s “Gallantry,” starring Ann Fogler, Zane Hill, Kaileigh Riess, and Eric Taylor.