Central City Opera Announces its 2017 Theatre of Dreams Gala

The 2017 event follows the highly successful galas in the preceding three years and continues the tradition of choosing inspiring locations for the event. This year the Theatre of Dreams Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28 and will be held at the sleek brand-new $15 million Mike Ward Maserati headquarters. Located at 1850 Lucent Court in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, the venue is an impressive setting nestled against the foothills with picturesque windows showcasing incredible mountain views.

Soprano, Elizabeth Welch, who will be the entertainment for the evening, is a native of Parker, Colorado, and received her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She fell in love with musicals at a young age, thanks to Julie Andrews, The Music Man, and her record of Jesus Christ, Superstar.  Now she’s living a dream come true, starring as Christine on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera.  Along with a very special set from The Phantom of the Opera, the program will include a variety of other musical theater pieces.

To commemorate Central City Opera’s 85th year, patrons and guests will be treated to captivating images from Central City Opera’s past and present, turning the new Mike Ward Maserati venue into a vibrant Festa di Musica! The black tie evening will include a selection of fine wines and a seated dinner provided by Catering by Design.  The incredible evening will be capped off with late night dancing, creative cocktails and treats. For more information on this incredible event, visit Theatre of Dreams Gala. Attendees will also have first access to purchase tickets to the 2017 Dream Events, a popular aspect of Central City Opera’s year-long special engagements throughout Denver and along the front-range.  The Dream Events offer patrons behind-the-scenes access to select locations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including exclusive dinners, tours, cocktail offerings, wine tours, private lectures and more.

Tickets and Sponsorships
Theatre of Dreams Gala tickets are $250 per person and Young Professionals (ages 21-35) can purchase tickets for $150. Single Patron tickets with preferential seating are available for $350. Please visit Theatre of Dreams Gala for more information. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, call Clare Mail, Development Coordinator with Central City Opera at 303.331.7014.

The Gala Platinum Sponsors for the 2017 Theatre of Dreams Gala are: Citywide Banks, El Pomar Foundation, Endeavor Capital, Lanny and Sharon Martin, Denver Private Wealth Management, Mike Ward Maserati and Judy and Newell Grant.

Central City Opera 2017 Festival
July 8-August 6, 2017

Main Stage Productions

Carmen by Georges Bizet
This fiery romance erupts with passion, jealousy and revenge.

Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lines are hilariously blurred as deceit and desire play out in a world caught between make-believe and reality.

One Act Productions

The Burning Fiery Furnace by Benjamin Britten
Performed in St. James United Methodist Church in Central City, witness the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and the three Israelites.

Gallantry by Douglas Moore
Craziness ensues in this parody of a classic 1950’s soap opera, performed in the Williams Stables Theater.

Cabildo by Amy Beach
The only opera written by Amy Beach recounts the mystery surrounding a French noblewoman and the pirate who loved her, presented at the Williams Stables Theater.

Central City Opera’s 2017 Summer Festival, which runs from July 8 to August 6, 2017, features Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Così fan tutte in repertory, along with Benjamin Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace, Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, and Amy Beach’s Cabildo in shorter runs. Celebrating the company’s 85th season, the festival’s productions offer a diverse and broad gamut of styles and time periods. In addition to the two mainstage operas and the three one-acts, the Central City Opera four-week summer festival offers pre-performance lectures, opera scenes, and post-performance socials with the artists. Thursday evening performances have returned to the mix of matinee and evening performances throughout the festival, making it possible to see all the productions during an extended weekend.

Subscriptions for Central City Opera’s 2017 Festival productions of Carmen and Così fan tutte start at just $49 for two shows and provide up to a 20% discount off single ticket pricing. Subscribers can also purchase the one act performances of The Burning Fiery Furnace, Cabildo and Gallantry at a discount rate before they are available to the general public. Single tickets for Central City Opera’s 2017 Festival range from $25 to $102 and will be available starting April 1, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CentralCityOpera.org or call 303.292.6700.

About Central City Opera
Central City Opera is the fifth oldest opera company in the U.S., located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community engagement programs and to preserve and maintain the Central City Opera House, and 28 other Victorian-era properties. For information, visit centralcityopera.org.  For tickets, email boxoffice@centralcityopera.org or call 303.292.6700.


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