Featuring a Live Performance by Two-Time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair and
One-of-a-kind Dream Events


Denver, Colo. (March 1, 2016) —Central City Opera (CCO) announces the third annual Theatre of Dreams Gala. This festive evening celebrates the company’s 84 years and takes place at a historical Denver venue. The event will raise money for and honor CCO’s opera and musical theater productions and year-round programs, including historic preservationthe Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program, and year-round education and community engagement. The Theatre of Dreams Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at Sherman Street Event Center. Located at 1770 Sherman Street, the Sherman Street Event Center was built in 1906 and features a stunning Byzantine themed grand ballroom. Considered to be the finest example of Moorish Revival architecture in the region, the venue is listed on both the National and Colorado Registry of Historic Places.

The 2016 event follows the highly successful 2015 Gala and continues the tradition of picking unusual settings for the event. This year’s patrons and guests will savor an evening of fine food and exceptional musical entertainment.  Held at an acclaimed historical location, the Gala will feature Sylvia McNair. Lauded with two Grammy Awards and one Emmy, her career spans three decades in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret, and musical theatre. Ms. McNair has appeared several times on the Central City Opera stage, most recently in 2009 performing Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. In addition to the live performances, patrons and guests will be treated to a black tie evening of cocktails and a seated dinner. Attendees will also have the opportunity to be the first to buy spaces for this year’s Dream Events. A hit as part of the last two years, the Dream Events are special happenings throughout the year offering behind-the-scenes access to exclusive locations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The After Party will cap off the evening with late night dancing, creative cocktails and treats. For more information, visit www.CentralCityOperaGala.com.

Sylvia McNair
The two-time Grammy Award winner, Sylvia McNair appeared in CCO’s 2009 production of A Little Night Music, which The Denver Post raved was a “persuasive, poignant portrayal of Desiree Armfeldt…she drove home the work’s warmth, style and ultimately insightful take on romance and love.” McNair has performed around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the New York Philharmonic, the Rainbow Room, Ravinia Festival, and most recently the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Having appeared as a soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world, this songbird has flown the classical coop. She’s retracing her star route now with Gershwin, Porter, Bernstein and Sondheim.

Gala Tickets and Sponsorships
Theatre of Dreams Gala tickets are now available. Tickets are $250 per person and young professionals (ages 21-35) can purchase tickets for $150. Single Patron tickets with preferred seating are available for $350. After Party only tickets will also be available. To purchase tickets visit www.CentralCityOperaGala.com. For more Gala information, call Alicia Holt Corliss at 303-331-7014.

Central City Opera 2016 Festival
July 9 – August 7, 2016
The Ballad of Baby Doe – 60th Anniversary
The Impresario
Later the Same Evening

Central City Opera’s 2016 Festival features four productions performed in Central City and across the state from Colorado Springs, Boulder and to Denver.

The Festival kicks off with the true story of love and loss during the Colorado mining boom The Ballad of Baby Doe, celebrating its 60th Anniversary with this production. A passionate tale of tragic love with some of opera’s most popular arias, Tosca, will be the second production performed in the intimate Central City Opera House. The final two shows are one-act operas with performances in alternate spaces from historic buildings in Central City to diverse venues throughout Colorado including locations in Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder. The 2016 one-act operas include The Impresario by Mozart, a comical opera about an entrepreneur and his search for a company of performers; and Later the Same Evening, which connects the lives of Edward Hopper’s iconic figures as they step out of their paintings and come to life one night in 1932 New York.

Two-pack subscriptions for Central City Opera’s 2016 Festival productions The Ballad of Baby Doe – 60th Anniversary and Tosca start at just $38 and provide up to a 25% discount on single tickets. Subscribers also save 10% on tickets to the one-act operas, The Impresario and Later the Same Evening.  Single tickets for Central City Opera’s 2016 Festival will be available April 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.CentralCityOpera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Celebrating its 84th year in 2016, Central City Opera is the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company, 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 service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.


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