Music: Opera in Central City

A Colorado ghost town last week heard more real grand opera than any other U.S. city will hear this summer. Central City, onetime bonanza town in the mine-scarred mountains west of Denver, had come briefly to life during the annual Play Festival in its 63-year-old, stonewalled Opera House. This year the festival is operatic. The summer's operas, scheduled for 25 performances, are Gluck's classic Orpheus and Eurydice and Rossini's comic Barber of Seville.

Bernhardt, Modjeska, Booth, Salvini, Joseph Jefferson once declaimed and strutted before Central City's miners and bonanza kings. When General Grant came to town, a street was paved with $12,000...

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