2013 Central City Opera Company PhotoAbout Central City Opera

Less than an hour from Denver, Colorado in a lush Rocky Mountain setting, Central City Opera is among Colorado’s elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country and the fifth-oldest opera company, Central City Opera continues to make history with a range of productions each summer including opera favorites, new and rarely performed pieces, and American works. Central City Opera’s uniqueness lies in the beautiful jewel box theatre where acclaimed traditional and progressive works are performed. The combination of diverse repertory and our intimate venue attracts internationally recognized directors, conductors and artists. The result – amazing, exciting and unforgettable art.

In addition to the summer Festival, Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program offers career-entry opera training to today’s young artists with career management classes as well as main stage rehearsal and performance opportunities. Year-round opera education and community engagement programs entertain and educate more than 100,000 people each year across the Rocky Mountain region. A steward of historic preservation, the company also maintains the Central City Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties which serve as performance and rehearsal venues and house Festival staff each summer.

For directions and suggestions on lodging, dining, other area activities during your trip to Central City Opera, check out our visitor information pages.

Central City Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.
OPERA America is dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

Since 1989, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area. The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history.