Raquel González & Joshua Hopkins Lead Central City Opera’s 2019 Festival

By Nicole Kuchta

Central City Opera has announced details of its 2019 Festival, which will run from Jul. 6 – Aug. 6, 2019. Performances will be held in the company’s historic 550-seat jewel box theatre. The lineup includes two main stage operas, a double-bill production, and a musical revue. Free pre-performance talks will take place before every main stage opera (except on Jul. 30).

The Festival will open with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” directed by Alison Moritz. The cast will include Raquel González as Cio-Cio-San, Annie Rosen as Suzuki, Cody Austin as Pinkerton, Troy Cook as Sharpless, and Joseph Gaines as Goro. Adam Turner will conduct.

Performance Dates: Jul. 6 – Aug. 4, 2019

Ken Cazan will direct the Colorado premiere of Britten’s “Billy Budd,” starring Joshua Hopkins in the title role. He will be joined by Daniel Norman as Captain Vere, Kevin Burdette as John Claggart, Dennis Jesse as Mr. Redburn, Federico de Michelis as Mr. Flint, Brian Kontes as Lt. Ratcliffe, Benjamin Werley as Red Whiskers, Jonathan Hays as Donald, Matthew Burns as Dansker, Jonas Hacker as Novice, and Joseph Gaines as Squeak. John Baril will conduct. In celebration of the premiere, Central City Opera will also present the Anchor Initiative – “a series of free events designed to explore ‘Billy Budd’ and its musical literary and legal implications,” according to their website.

Performance Dates: Jul. 13 – Aug. 2, 2019

A double-bill of two rarely performed works, Debussy’s “The Blessed Damozel” and Poulenc’s “Litanies to the Black Virgin,” will showcase the singers of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program. Alessandro Talevi will direct. Performances will take place at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Central City.

Performance Dates: Jul. 23 – Aug. 1, 2019

During “Encore: A Musical Revue,” Central City Opera will “trade cabaletta for cabaret” and present musical theatre favorites, old and new, from a variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway composers.

Performance Dates: Aug. 3 & 6, 2019