Central City Opera House Celebrates 140 Years

BY MARGARET SIEGRIST On a chilly 1878 March evening, the curtains parted for the first time at a new Opera House nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Beneath ornate ceiling frescos, rough and tumble benefactors filled each row of hickory chairs in the audience. Gold and silver nuggets showered the stage at the final […]

Central City Opera is in full bloom – Annual Planting Day June 7

Don’t miss the next Central City Opera Guild Event – An Afternoon at the Opera, July 19, 2017 at 12 pm. Open to the public, tickets on sale now! If you’ve walked by the Central City Opera House in the past three weeks, you’ve probably seen the gorgeous flowers that are brightening the Opera House […]

The Versatile Karen Federing on her Role as Director of Production

For all its right brain glory, theatre still takes some math. A simple ratio goes something like this – a dozen behind-the-scene workers for every star shining onstage. Designers create the world of the play while the director provides the vision. Wardrobe crews help with quick changes while the stage manager calls the cues. And while all […]

Central City Opera Begins 2014 Festival with a (Dynamite) Bang

The mining town of Central City runs reliably like clockwork: ominous clouds followed by only light rain between 2:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon, then a bustling Eureka Street at 5:00, and finally a starry sky at midnight above the Rockies. On June 28, however, there was only sunlight, the traffic consisted of waltzing fathers […]

Central City Opera Perks Up: Gift Shop Now Sells Cholua Brothers’ Coffee

Central City Opera patrons are used to the gift shop’s usual souvenirs. Homemade fudge, jewelry, and t-shirts with the summer’s shows printed on them comprise the habitual goods. There are even some ornate and educational coffee table books, from Opera in the Rockies to Theatre of Dreams, yet there has never been any coffee. This […]

Central City Celebrates Annual Madam Lou Bunch Day

Central City is lovably quirky. It’s known simultaneously for its singing Opera House and dinging casinos. Its elevation is nearly 8,500 feet, placing it among the highest cities in the country. And once a year it’s host to dames on beds being pushed around by townsfolk in drag. Interns McEntee, Abernathy and Ting posing in […]

Susan Kulkarni hops across the pond to design The Marriage of Figaro

A sneak peek of The Marriage of Figaro costumes hanging in Central City Opera’s Cast House dressing rooms with designer Susan Kulkarni Susan Kulkarni flutters around the Opera House’s second floor. She checks in on actors’ fittings, holds design conversations with the wigs and makeup supervisor, and scoots costume pieces left and right on one […]

Central City blooms on annual Planting Day

Nancy Parker has attended nearly every Planting Day since 1984. Despite a torrid morning in Central City on June 4, Parker dexterously used her trowel to plant some fuchsia petunias in the Opera Garden. “Some years it rains, some years it’s cold,” Parker stated. “I ask my friends to join me for Planting Day. They […]

Emily Pulley’s Favorite Central City Story

Emily Pulley, Soprano Friday, our blog shared part one of an interview with Emily Pulley, found in our 2013 Opera Insider. Today we continue with our favorite part of the interview. Emily portrays Julie Laverne in our upcoming production of Show Boat. You have performed many different roles at Central City Opera, but you are […]