2021 Summer Festival
Frequently Asked Questions
What is happening with the 2021 Festival?
As you know, due to COVID-19, Central City Opera postponed our 2020 Festival to 2021. We had hoped that by now, it would be safe to return to the opera house and resume normal operations. Unfortunately, we are still navigating through this tragic pandemic and at this time, we are not able to resume operations in the opera house. We knew this might be a possibility, so we reconfigured this season in order to produce our Festival as an outdoor experience.
We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with The Hudson Gardens & Event Center to host our 2021 Festival in their beautiful outdoor amphitheater. The venue, located just outside of Denver in Littleton, is easily accessible with lots of parking. The space will easily accommodate social/physical distancing for our patrons and our performers.
While our mainstage productions of Carousel and Rigoletto will be produced as open-air, socially-distanced performances at Hudson Gardens, we will be present in Central City this summer. Our company members will reside and rehearse in Central City. Our production of Dido and Aeneas will be presented in the Central City Opera House Gardens. Additional outdoor performances have also been planned in Central City – like the return of our popular Al Fresco concert series.
We realize that this season won’t be a typical Central City Opera experience, but we are committed to bringing you quality productions, incredible music and wonderful artistry this summer. We are optimistic that we will celebrate our 90th anniversary season with a return to our jewel-box Opera House in 2022!
Why aren’t you performing in the opera house this summer?
Our top priority is the health and safety of our patrons, performers and company members and this will remain at the forefront of all our decisions. Ongoing concerns with COVID-19, physical distancing requirements and venue restrictions limited our ability to produce inside the building.
While the state’s COVID-19 dial has been improving, there is no guarantee that we will be at the level needed to operate inside the Opera House when we reach June. With this in mind, we determined in order have the best chance of producing work this summer, all of our work needed to be presented outside with social distancing in place.
We have every hope that we should be able to return to the Opera House for our 2022 Festival – which will be our 90th anniversary season.
Will you be in Central City at all this summer?
Yes! While our main stage shows, Carousel and Rigoletto, will be produced as open-air, socially-distanced performances at Hudson Gardens, we will also be present in Central City this summer. Our company members will reside and rehearse in Central City. Our production of Dido and Aeneas will be presented in the Central City Opera House Gardens.
Additional outdoor performances have also been planned in Central City including the return of our popular Al Fresco concert series.
We are also in the process of helping bring a new business venture to operate from one of our buildings in Central City this summer – a gourmet popcorn shop!
I transferred/donated/want to renew my subscription from 2020 to 2021. What does this change mean for me?
All of our 2020 subscribers will be contacted in the next two weeks by our Box Office about your ticket options for 2021. Your subscription guarantees a seat in the VIP section at Hudson Gardens.
Many of the performance times have been adjusted due to the new venue. Our box office will help you navigate through your options.
There is VIP Parking available for $5. Patrons who have already purchased parking in Central City can opt in for $5 parking and a partial refund or a full refund. All patrons who purchased 2020 A-Level subscriptions will receive complimentary parking at the VIP lot.
All 2019 and 2020 subscribers will be given priority access to renew or purchase subscriptions for the 2022 Festival at the opera house. Your seats will be held. You will be contacted in the fall for 2022 subscription options.
What are the ticket options for 2021?
We are currently releasing our tickets in phases – in accordance with the state and CDC capacity guidelines. We will update all of our patrons in the coming weeks with more information about ticket pricing and purchasing options for our 2021 Festival.
Single tickets will be available to the general public for sale on Tuesday, April 20th.
Please contact our Box Office if you are interested in learning more about Group sales opportunities in 2021.
Please note: No new subscriptions will be sold in 2021, but 2022 subscriptions will be available for purchase in the fall.
What are the health and safety protocols for the 2021 Festival?
- We are continuing to monitor COVID guidelines from the state of Colorado and the CDC and will implement any necessary requirements as directed.
- We are currently releasing our tickets in phases – in accordance with state and CDC guidelines for outdoor venues.
- There will be at least 25ft between performers/orchestra and the audience.
- We are planning our seating with social distancing guidelines in place.
- Even though we are outdoors, audience members will be required to wear facemasks at all times. This also includes patrons who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. If you do not have a mask with you, you will be provided with one. Hand sanitizers will be readily available.
- Additional cleaning will be conducted at all venues.
- We have reduced the performance length to eliminate intermission which will prevent large groups from gathering. We will allow patrons to use the restrooms as needed during the performance – the outdoor venue accommodates this with limited disruption.
- We will provide patrons access to a self-screen checker prior to their attendance and encourage patrons who are feeling unwell to stay home (with a full refund).
- Hudson Gardens is a member of the Arapahoe County Five-Star Recovery Program, approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Businesses who receive this certification have committed to providing their customers or clients a safe experience while in their establishments, and have completed the necessary requirements of the program.
- We are working with the unions to ensure that we follow the health and safety requirements for our performers, orchestra and company members.
What about Festival Extras?
Due to the venue change and limited operations because of COVID-19, many of our planned 2021 Festival extras have been cancelled as live performances. We hope to translate some of our Festival Extras into free digital experiences for our audiences this year.
All current 2021 Festival extras ticket holders (i.e., Lunch & a Song, Short Works) will be given options including refunds for any Festival extras they have purchased.
Dido and Aeneas will be performed in the Central City Opera gardens. Ticketholders will be given the opportunity to select their preferred date or receive a full refund should they choose.
We have added four Al Fresco concerts to the schedule to be performed in the Central City Opera Gardens. Subscribers will have the first option to add these concerts.
Please provide me with more information about Hudson Gardens
Hudson Gardens is a nonprofit organization encompassing thirty acres of garden exhibits, trails, park-like open spaces, and event venues. They encourage people to bond over nature, artistry, health, and wellness by using these facilities for special events, private occasions, and community programs. They also provide free, daily admission for self-directed exploration and a membership experience.
Hudson Gardens is located just outside of Denver in Littleton, CO at 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120. We will perform in the outdoor amphitheater located within the grounds of Hudson Gardens.
Hudson Gardens is a member of the Arapahoe County Five-Star Recovery Program, approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Businesses who receive this certification have committed to providing their customers or clients a safe experience while in their establishments, and have completed the necessary requirements of the program.
Learn more at www.hudsongardens.org.
Is there parking?
Hudson Gardens: Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is only a short walk to the performance area. Reserved parking may be available. We will provide more information about parking options in the coming weeks. Subscribers will have priority access to purchase reserved parking.
Central City: Free parking will be available at the Teller Lot next to the Opera House for all Festival events in Central City. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
2020 Subscribers: If you previously purchased parking, you will receive a full refund.
Is the venue ADA?
Yes, we will have ADA seating with additional ADA support for patrons. The venue is wheelchair accessible, however there are no wheelchairs available to rent. Handicapped parking is available. We are currently exploring additional ADA support for transportation from the parking areas to the performance area.
Will you still have the Opera Bus and/or Boomer Bus?
We are still navigating transportation options for our opera bus and boomer bus, but this service may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns. We will be in touch with all patrons who previously purchased tickets for the buses with their options and post updates on our website should buses be available to all patrons.
What is your rain/weather policy?
We are in the process of finalizing our weather policy and will communicate that with patrons soon. Please come prepared for Colorado’s changing weather.