About Us

MISSION: To sing extraordinary stories to spark imagination, inspire creativity and open minds to the breadth of human experience.

Founded in 1932, Central City Opera (CCO) is the fifth oldest professional opera company in the country and is renowned for its exquisite world-class productions, competitive and robust young artist training program, and creative education and community engagement activities. The summer festival takes place at 8,500 feet above sea level in the Colorado mountain town of Central City, only 35 miles west of Denver, where the company owns and maintains 27 Victorian-era properties, including the intimate 550-seat jewel box opera house built in 1878.

For directions and suggestions for lodging, dining and other area activities during your trip to Central City Opera, check out our visitor information pages. For more information call 303-292-6500.

The CCO COVID-19 Relief Fund is our way of fulfilling our commitment to pay all 2020 Festival company a portion of their contracts and supporting general operations through the pandemic. What is our fundraising goal? You've discovered our Scavenger Hunt! To start from the beginning, go here.