CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE YOUTH ROLE OF DOLORE IN ITS 2010 SUMMER FESTIVAL PRODUCTION OF MADAMA BUTTERFLY

04/21/2010

Casting notice posted on auditionsfree.com, casting location: Central City, Colorado
AUDITION NOTICE

CENTRAL CITY OPERA ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE YOUTH ROLE OF DOLORE IN ITS 2010 SUMMER FESTIVAL PRODUCTION OF MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Denver, Colo. – Central City Opera announces open auditions to fill the role of Dolore, the 3-year-old son of Cio-Cio San (Butterfly) and Lt. Pinkerton, in its 2010 Festival production of Madama Butterfly this summer. Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m. at the Foundry Rehearsal Center, 212 Eureka Street, Central City, CO 80427. No appointment is necessary. Internationally acclaimed singer and director Catherine Malfitano is the director for this production.

Two actors will be cast for this role and will serve as understudies for one another. The actors will alternate in the 14 performances of the opera, running June 26 through Aug. 7.

Petite boys and girls ages 4 to 6 years old are encouraged to audition for the role. Dolore is picked up and carried occasionally and should not weigh more than 45 pounds. Children auditioning should be calm, slender, and outgoing but obedient. The ideal candidate(s) will have previous stage experience. Blonde hair would be ideal, but is not necessary. Dolore is a silent role but is featured throughout Acts II and III, and must interact closely with Cio-Cio San (Butterfly) and her servant, Suzuki.

Extensive rehearsals commence the week of June 2 and go through June 24. Opening night is June 26 with 13 performances thereafter, culminating in the final performance on Aug. 7. (See website calendar for exact performance dates.) A more comprehensive rehearsal schedule will be available at the audition. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to all rehearsals/performances. There is nominal compensation. Please do NOT send resumes or other information. For more information and audition details visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6500.

AUDITION FACTS
WHAT: Auditions for the role of Dolore in Central City Opera’s summer production of Madama Butterfly (Two children will be cast)

WHEN: Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
HOW: Open auditions, no appointment necessary
WHERE: Foundry Rehearsal Center
212 Eureka St., Central City, CO 80427
MORE INFO: Visit www.centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6500

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY DESCRIPTION AND CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini is set in early 20th century Japan. The story follows the marriage of a naïve geisha, Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), and her aloof American husband, Naval Officer Lt. Pinkerton. The lush musical score incorporates Japanese themes and includes such favorite arias as “Un bel di vedremo.” Puccini’s opera with text by Giacosa and Illica was a fiasco upon its premiere at La Scala in Milan on Feb. 17, 1904. A revision in May of 1904 led to its status that continues today as one of the most beloved pieces in the operatic genre.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Dolore The 3-year-old son of Cio-Cio San and Lt. Pinkerton. This is a silent role. Petite boys and girls ages 4 to 6 are encouraged to audition.

The 2010 Festival runs June 26 to Aug. 8 featuring Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, the tragic tale of one woman betrayed by love and her ultimate sacrifice; Offenbach’s whimsical operetta based on Greek mythology, Orpheus in the Underworld, featuring the famous “Can-can” dance; and Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, a modern chamber opera about the struggles of a famous actress and her two adult children. Tickets start at just $38. Call 303-292-6700 or visit www.centralcityopera.org.

Celebrating its 78th year, Central City Opera is the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2010
CONTACT: Valerie Hamlin, CCO Publicist/Associate Director of Marketing
303-292-6500, ext. 108
vhamlin@centralcityopera.org

Casting Location: Central City, Colorado
Contact email: intern@centralcityopera.org

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