2021 Summer Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE NOTE: Our Box Office is experiencing a high call volume at this time. If you are unable to get through, please leave a voicemail and your message will be returned as quickly as possible. You can also send an email to BoxOffice@CentralCityOpera.org. If it is urgent or you need general information, you can contact our main administrative line at 303-292-6500 (M-F 9am - 4pm). We kindly ask that you do not contact Hudson Gardens directly with questions or information about performances this summer. Thank you.

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. However, we are still navigating through this pandemic and elected to reconfigure this season in order to produce our Festival as an outdoor experience to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons, artists and staff.

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 still 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.

We know state’s COVID-19 dial has been improving, but 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 reside and rehearse in Central City. Our production of Dido and Aeneas will be performed 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.

Will there be changes to the productions?

  • All of our 2021 productions will be held outdoors.
  • Both Carousel and Rigoletto will be reduced in length and will be performed without an intermission due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
  • Patrons will be permitted to visit the restroom at any point during the performance as needed in order to avoid congregating in common areas.
  • House management policies may be adjusted.
  • Ticket-holders will receive detailed “know before you go” information via email prior to their purchased performance. 
  • Casting, orchestra and staging are subject to change without notice.

I transferred/donated/want to renew my subscription from 2020 to 2021. What does this change mean for me?

The Box Office directly contacted all 2020 subscribers about ticket options for 2021. 

Many performance times have been adjusted due to the new venue. Our box office will help you navigate through your options.

There is VIP parking at Hudson Gardens 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 receive complimentary parking at the VIP lot.

All 2019 and 2020 subscribers are 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?

Ticketing Options:

A SEATING: $75 VIP Section - Seats will be provided (very limited availability).
B SEATING: $45 General Admission - Bring your own chair.
C SEATING: $25 General Admission - Bring your own chair or blanket. View may be obstructed.
Ticket prices per person, per performance. Handling fees apply.
For ADA seating needs, please contact the Box Office at 303-292-6700.

Visit this page to learn more about the seating map and tickets: https://centralcityopera.org/seating-chart/

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 of 2021.

Tickets can be purchased through the Central City Opera Box Office only. Tickets are not available for sale through Hudson Gardens.

What are the health and safety protocols for the 2021 Festival?

  • There will be 25 feet between performers/orchestra and the audience
  • COVID-compliance training for Central City Opera staff
  • Daily health screenings for company members
  • Physically-distanced patron seating
  • Updated: Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. Face masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
  • We have reduced performance lengths to eliminate intermissions, which will prevent large groups from gathering. Restrooms will be accessible during the performance – the outdoor venue accommodates this with limited disruption.
  • Additional cleaning will be conducted at all venues.
  • We are working with the unions to ensure that we follow the health and safety requirements for our performers, orchestra and company members.
  • We encourage patrons to use the CDC online self-screen checker below prior to their attendance and encourage patrons who are feeling unwell to stay home (with a full refund).
  • A first aid/cooling station is accessible during performances for patrons in need. Please find an usher in a red polo shirt if you need assistance.

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. We hope to translate some of our Festival Extras into free digital experiences for our audiences this year.

All current 2020 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. Ticket-holders have the opportunity to select their preferred date or receive a full refund, should they choose.

We have added four CCO Al Fresco concerts to the schedule, also to be performed in the Central City Opera Gardens. Subscribers have the first access to add-on these concerts to their Festival experience.

Please provide me with more information about Hudson Gardens

The Hudson Gardens & Event Center is a nonprofit organization encompassing thirty acres of garden exhibits, trails, park-like open spaces and event venues. Hudson Gardens encourages 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.

The venue is located just outside of Denver in Littleton, at 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120. We will perform in the outdoor amphitheater located within the grounds of Hudson Gardens.

Learn more at www.hudsongardens.org

Is there parking?

Hudson Gardens: Limited reserved parking can be purchased for $5 (based on availability) at the reserved event lot. We ask that patrons park in the reserved event lot or in the overflow parking areas on the south side of the venue. The main Hudson Gardens lot near the Welcome Center is not available during performances (with the exception of ADA parking needs). Please look for the signage or parking attendants who will direct you. In all cases, there is a short walk from the parking areas to the performance space. Please reference the venue map for more information.

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. 

Contact our Box Office for more information about parking at 303-292-6700 or boxoffice@centralcityopera.org.

What should I bring to Hudson Gardens?

In addition to your chair (for B & C sections), we highly recommend that patrons bring plenty of water and a hat/visor in case it is needed for a better viewing experience during sunny performances. 

The following items are permitted:

  • Factory-sealed, plastic water bottles and other beverages (no alcohol)
  • Food and snacks - bring a picnic lunch or dinner. Concessions will not be sold at performances. We encourage you to bring your own!
  • Coolers, cloth bags and picnic baskets (must be kept within patron’s seating area or placed under chair)
  • B & C Section Patrons: Lawn chairs less than 37″ in height that do not extend higher than the shoulders of the person seated in the chair
    Take a look at a few chair recommendations we put together >
  • Blankets or tarps (no larger than 3’ x 5’)
  • Personal-sized umbrellas
  • Strollers
  • Eating utensils (e.g., table knives, forks, spoons)
  • Serving utensils
  • Sealed juice boxes for children
  • Filled plastic baby bottles (formula/milk) when a baby is present

The following items are not permitted:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana (all forms)
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Large umbrellas, free-standing umbrellas, personal canopies, tents of any size and chairs over 37″ in height
  • Pets, with the exception of documented service animals
  • Bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, scooters and hoverboards
  • Weapons and items that may be construed as weapons (knives, pepper spray, water pistols, stun guns, concealed weapons, firearms, etc.)
  • Drones or remote-controlled flying devices
  • Fireworks, candles or barbecues

Additional Notes:

  • Smoking in any form, including e-cigarettes and vape pens, is strictly prohibited
  • All items are subject to inspection
  • Management reserves final decision on items brought into the amphitheater
  • Security teams/ushers may request that items be removed from the seating area of the amphitheater so that all guests may be accommodated

What is your weather policy?

While we are thrilled to be performing outdoors this summer, we know that one of the biggest challenges we will face will be weather. From hot, sunny afternoons to rainy evenings to an unexpected hailstorm, we encourage patrons to come prepared for Colorado’s ever-changing weather. We recommend checking the weather forecast in advance and come prepared with sunscreen, bottled water, a raincoat or a small umbrella.

Weather conditions or other factors may result in a delayed start or a pause in the performance to ensure the safety of our patrons, performers and technicians. If the orchestra is unable to continue due to weather conditions, the performance may continue with piano accompaniment only.

CCO will do everything possible to complete each scheduled performance, however, if a performance is cancelled by CCO due to inclement weather, we will alert audience members as soon as possible. Patrons will have the option to reschedule into another performance* (if available), request a full refund or change tickets into a tax-deductible donation to CCO.

*Due to capacity and scheduling limitations, we may not be able to exchange your ticket into another performance, and we cannot guarantee the same seating section as your original purchase.

If inclement weather necessitates canceling a show outright, CCO will contact all ticket-holders by email or phone as quickly as possible. For additional questions and updates, please call the Box Office (303-292-6700), check your email, visit our website and social media platforms for up-to-date announcements.


Be sure to stay on top of the latest weather forecast by downloading the CBS Denver app.

Is the venue ADA?

Yes, we offer ADA seating along with additional ADA support for patrons at Hudson Gardens. The venue is wheelchair-accessible, however there are no wheelchairs available to rent. Handicapped parking is available in the main parking lot near the Hudson Gardens Welcome Center.

ADA seating and parking is also available for the performances at the Opera House Gardens in Central City.

We are here to help!

Please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@centralcityopera.org or
(303) 292-6700. We can help you place your order and provide additional information as needed.

View our Ticket Policies