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Central City Opera

Central City Opera


Less than an hour from Denver, Colorado in a lush Rocky Mountain setting, Central City Opera is among Colorado’s elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country (and the fifth-oldest opera company), the company continues to make history with a range of productions each summer including opera favorites, new and rarely performed pieces, and American works.

In addition to the summer Festival, Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program offers career-entry opera training to today’s young artists with career management classes as well as main stage rehearsal and performance opportunities. Year-round opera education and community engagement programs entertain and educate more than 100,000 people each year across the Rocky Mountain region. A steward of historic preservation, the company also maintains the Central City Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties which serve as performance and rehearsal venues and house Festival staff each summer.

For directions and suggestions on lodging, dining, other area activities during your trip to Central City Opera, check out our visitor information pages.


Within minutes of leaving the city heat and noise, you will embark on a multi-sensory experience that leads to Central City Opera. Feel the cool summer breeze as you take in the lush mountain scenery on your way to one of Colorado’s mountain treasures. When you arrive, explore the scenic and historic offerings of Central City, from tours of the Victorian homes and history museum, to a walk through the art gallery or historic cemeteries. Then, inside the Opera House, sit back and relax in this restored jewel box theatre and enjoy the richness of an intimate, innovative opera experience.

Central City Opera – a theatrical experience you won’t get anywhere else!


Central City Opera’s uniqueness lies in the beautiful jewel-box theatre where we perform acclaimed traditional and progressive works. The combination of diverse repertory and our intimate venue attracts internationally recognized directors, conductors and artists. The result – amazing, exciting and unforgettable art.

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