3:13 pm - Monday December 17, 6074

Auditions for the Central City Opera

And The Colorado Springs Conservatory 2013 Performing Arts Intensive: December 8 and 9




Auditions to be held by Central City Opera and The Colorado Springs Conservatory for 2013 Performing Arts Intensive December 8 and 9
Colorado Springs, CO (November 26, 2012) – Twenty of the nation’s top high school performing artists are needed to participate in the 10th Annual 2013 Performing Arts Intensive presented by Central City Opera and The Colorado Springs Conservatory. Auditions are now being scheduled for the Intensive, which runs from July 11-27, 2013 in residence in Colorado Springs and Central City.


Audition locations, dates and times are as follows:
Colorado Springs – Saturday, December 8 from 6-8 pm
Denver – Sunday, December 9 from 12-4 pm
YouTube auditions through December 15


To schedule an audition, students can call (719) 577-4556. To find out more information, please visit  http://www.coloradospringsconservatory.org/


Students who love to perform will dig deep to develop skills in acting, dance/movement, vocal technique and composition in this two-week summer workshop. Master teaching artists provide instruction as students team-create a short opera, learn and perform scenes from opera and musical theater, attend performances and classes, and perform their original work at the 2013 Central City Opera Summer Festival.


“To be a part of the world acclaimed Central City Opera Festival is pretty incredible. The students amaze and astound all of us with the work they accomplish in just two weeks. More importantly, they astound themselves,” comments Jeff Gilden, 2012 Performing Arts Intensive librettist in residence. “This program has changed lives forever with timeless and limitless inspiration for all who are involved,” Gilden concludes.


Performing Arts Intensive studies include:
*Private vocal coaching on song literature, musical theater and opera scenes
*Rehearsals for original opera scenes with visiting stage director
*Repertoire studies and performances of standard, age appropriate opera and musical theater scenes
*Language diction classes to include Italian, French, German and English
*Theater studies curriculum as pertains to dramatic literature, opera and musical theater medium
*Movement and dance classes that pertain to period studies
*Performing arts history classes
*World history comprehension
*Music theory and ear training
*Music appreciation through the visual arts, a curriculum designed to cross-reference various mediums
*Set design
*Preview study classes prior to the culminating weekend of study and performances in Central City
*Students will study the operas being presented at Central City this upcoming season
*Local outreach performances
In Central City students spend four days engaged in the exceptional activities provided by  Central City Opera artists to include:
*Master classes with resident national and international conductors
*Master classes with resident performers
*Performing artist forum/roundtable discussion
*Historical tour of museum, opera house and surrounding areas
*Attend all Central City Opera performances
*Attend pre-show discussion with the conductor of each opera
*Observe apprentice rehearsals of main stage productions
*Final culminating opera scenes performance at Williams Stables


Comments from Deborah Morrow – Education and Community Engagement Director, Central City Opera
“The Colorado Springs Conservatory and Central City Opera have offered this unique joint summer program since 2002. The serendipitous partnering of these two companies in order to provide a deep and rigorous experience for students who are serious about the performing arts came about by happy chance. Linda Weise realized that she and I shared a vision about the “care and feeding” of young artists and proposed that we join forces for a summer ‘Opera Camp’ for teens. Knowing what a force of nature she is, I prepared to be swept away, gulped, and said yes – and am eternally grateful for her initiative. What has developed and grown over the years goes well beyond what we first envisioned.  When we brought composer-in-residence Roger Ames, himself a deeply committed and gifted educator, into the mix, the program moved into a new realm of creativity and achievement.  Each year, these young artists transform before our eyes into creative, collegial professionals.  Past participants continue to tell us that the Performing Arts Intensive is one of their highlight life experiences, developing skills for continued success in their lives and chosen professions.  It is a profound thing to be a part of and I am proud that Central City Opera is able to add such depth to the experience.  The future of the arts looks bright!”


Less than an hour from Denver, Colorado in a lush Rocky Mountain setting, Central City Opera is among Colorado’s elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country (and the fifth-oldest opera company), the company continues to make history with three productions each year including one opera favorite, one lesser-known piece, and one American work.

The Central City Opera House was built in 1878 by Welsh and Cornish miners. This National Historic Landmark, centerpiece of the historic gold mining town of Central City, has hosted performances since 1932 (after the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera, San Francisco Opera and Chautauqua Opera). Central City Opera’s national summer festival attracts patrons from all over the world to enjoy intimate opera in its 550-seat opera house.


In addition to Central City Opera’s summer festival, the company also offers career-entry training to young singers, produces education and community engagement programs, and preserves and maintains the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.


ABOUT THE COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY www.coloradospringsconservatory.org
The Colorado Springs Conservatory is the only performing arts conservatory in the Pikes Peak Region. Founding Executive Director and Julliard grad Linda Weise opened The Conservatory in 1994. She has since assembled a faculty of 46 exceptional instructors with distinguished educational and professional pedigrees, as well as guest instructors, themselves performing artists from across the nation.


CSC annually serves over 750 students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and skill levels. After school and partner programs, master classes, collaborations, and intensive workshops attract students from 100 mile radius.


CSC has national and international accreditation including Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program Founding School, National Guild for Community Arts Education, Arts Schools Network and El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts & Humanities
for the State of Colorado.


In addition to enriching the lives of CSC students, The Conservatory offers inspired programming to thousands within our community and beyond through music appreciation workshops, Jazz Nites, and performances for the general public. Why? Because we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to explore their potential in an environment that embraces individuality, creativity and mutual respect.



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