CENTRAL CITY, Colo. (CBS4)– Get ready for the new season at Central City Opera.

In its 86th year of performances, the Central City Opera will feature two main stage productions for its summer festival, including The Magic Flute and Il trovatore.

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Alessandro Talevi is directing The Magic Flute.

“Magic Flute is basically a fairy story. But like all good fairy stories, it works on many levels. There is a fun aspect where people laugh, because it has a very humorous side to it, but it also has a deeper quality with a profound inner meaning. For me, The Magic Flute is really about the journey of every human being towards self-fulfillment and wholeness,” said Talevi. “The child-like quality of the story is very important. Within every little boy and little girl, there is the hero and the heroine of the story and their journey is symbolic of the journey that every human being has to take towards adulthood.”

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CBS4’s Alan Gionet interviews Alessandro Talevi (credit: CBS)

“This is my fourth production at Central City. I love to get invited back because it has an extremely unique atmosphere. The festival is very special and very well-known worldwide but the atmosphere of the festival is completely unique with the jewel box opera theatre set in this really stunning small town, which is so well preserved you feel like you are going back about 150 years. I think that is a very unique place to be producing operas.”

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Alessandro Talevi (credit: CBS)

Talevi says Central City is the perfect place to experience opera for the first time.

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“Opera is such a direct medium, I think that’s what some people don’t realize is when you go into the theater, people who normally go for the first time, just get blown away by the intensity of what’s being projected to them because it’s a story being projected with music and particularly opera in Central City, which is such an intimate theater, you cannot help but be gripped by what’s happening in front of you on stage.”

The summer festival is July 7- Aug. 5.

LINK: Central City Opera

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