Conference 2007

by Fern on August 5, 2007

Our long week-end in Denver and Central City was really special. It is tough to decide what was most enjoyable: the company, the conversation, the educational opportunities, the events, the opera?!

The workshops and sessions delivered as usual; I’m sure I’m not the only one who returned with a lot of new ideas and information. The private tours and gorgeous dinner in the new Libeskind wing of the Denver Art Museum was an outstanding evening with a taste of another art form. But our day in Central City was definitely the highlight of the conference.
John Moriarity, Pat Pearce with Lyric Opera of Chicago contingentWe gathered in the Rehearsal Hall where we were greeted and welcomed by Central City Opera’s General Director Pelham Pearce, their Director Emeritus and Director of the Young Artists Program John Moriarity and Catherine Malfitano, the director of Gian Carlo Minotti’s “The Saint of Bleecker Street,” the production we were seeing that evening. They spent a very generous afternoon talking to us, sharing experiences, answering every question and even staying around to make sure we all had plenty of “photo-ops.” It was exciting to be treated so royally.

Here I am with John (left) and Pat (right) along with my fellow board members from Chicago (l to r): Barb Eckel, Julie Benson and Roy Fisher. In this next picture, our same group poses with Catherine Malfitano.Catherine Malfitano with Lyric Opera of Chicago contingent

After being guided around some of the streets of the old mining town. The royal treatment continued with cocktails and dinner in two of its charming Victorians. But of course the piece de resistance was the outstanding performance in their 1878 Opera House, so completely and lovingly restored. “The Saint of Bleecker Street” was a wonderful finale to an amazing day.

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RJSweeney August 6, 2007 at 4:29 pm

WOW – what a wonderful conference! Private time with Catherine Malfitano, and John Moriarty, plus The Saint of Bleecker Street! Wish I could have been there to share the excitement! Looking forward to our next get-together!

DavidY August 6, 2007 at 8:28 pm

I was amazed at how many famous singers came through this remote place. After John Moriarity mentioned Denyce Graves’ name, I sent her a photograph of him and she responded with a burst of gratitude, saying:

“What a gorgeous photo. Thank you so much for that gift. I ADORE John!!! He is responsible for so much in my career. I love him deeply.”


RJSweeney August 6, 2007 at 10:56 pm

Sam Ramey got his start in Central City! We’ve mentioned that to him when we’ve seen him in Houston!

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