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Central City in Gilpin County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Central City Opera

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2009
1. Central City Opera Marker
Inscription. 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 of the nationís fifth-oldest opera company since 1932. Central City Operaís National Summer Festival attracts patrons from all over the country and abroad to enjoy intimate opera in its 550 seat opera house.

Her early glory years following the 1878 grand opening were short-lived. When the Central City mines were played out, the Opera House fell into disrepair. Fortunately, a volunteer-driven effort lead by Ida Kruse McFarlane, Edna Chappel and Anne Evens led to an extensive restoration of the Opera House in 1932. That summer, the legendary actress Lillian Gish opened the newly restored Opera House with Camille, launching an annual tradition of summer festivals in Central City that continues to this day. Today, the Central City Opera ranks as the nationís fifth-oldest opera company.

In addition to Lillian Gish, other stars of opera and stage have performed in the Central City Summer Festivals, including Beverly Sills, Jerome Hines, Helen Hays, Samual Ramey and Catherine Malfitano. Successful commissions by the company include the American classic The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore, which premiered in 1956;
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2009
2. Central City Opera Marker
The intersection of Main, Spring and Nevada Streets. The marker is located behind the spot signs.
the popular one-act opera The Face on the Ballroom Floor by Henry Mollicone, premiered in 1978; and the 2003 world premiere of Gabrielís Daughter, also composed by Henry Mallicone.

Directed by John Moriarty for many years, Central Cityís prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program gained national recognition. Moriarty is now Central Cityís Artistic Director Emeritus. As many a visitor has been blessed to witness since 1878, the glorious history of the Central City Opera House lives on with exciting new productions each summer.
 
Erected by The Gold Belt Tour.
 
Location. 39° 47.971′ N, 105° 30.751′ W. Marker is in Central City, Colorado, in Gilpin County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Colorado Route 279) and Spring Street on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Central City CO 80427, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Central City (here, next to this marker); The AOUW Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ignatz Meyer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rose Haydee Building (within
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2009
3. Central City Opera House
The Opera House is located at 200 Eureka Street.
shouting distance of this marker); Washington Hall (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Train Trestle (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birdís-eye view of Black Hawk (approx. one mile away); Fickís Carriage Shop (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Central City.
 
More about this marker. The Central City Opera marker is located under the Straight 5 Premium Cigars advertising painting on the side of the building at the intersection of Main, Spring, Nevada and Roworth Streets. The Opera House is located at 200 Eureka Street.
 
Also see . . .  Central City Opera House - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2009
4. Central City Opera House
 
 
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