Opera Colorado

Help Opera Colorado enrich the quality of life of over 50,000 Coloradoans this year! Through presentations of opera performances that inspire our audience and services to the community through education and cultural programs, Opera Colorado contributes significantly to the cultural diversity and quality of life throughout the Greater Rocky Mountain Region.

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Organizational Overview

Opera Colorado
695 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246
Opera Colorado enriches the quality of life through the presentation of opera performances that inspire our audiences and services to the community via extensive education and cultural programs.

This year Opera Colorado will present the world premiere of Lori Laitman's "The Scarlet Letter"! With themes that still resonate with today's society, this production is an amazing portrayal of societal pressures and conformity, religious persecution and women's rights. With modern set designs and projected scenery, this production will prove to be an outstanding work that brings international talent and appreciation to the state of Colorado.

We have also begun to rebuild our staff, bringing on a new Annual Fund Manager as well as an Education Assistant. Our Young Artist program continues to be nationally renowned and our education programs recognized for their ability to adapt to modern students' needs. Look out for the future - Opera Colorado has established a five-year strategic plan with some exciting plans for the future of opera and the community!

Impact Statement

The goal of Opera Colorado for the 2016-2017 season is to continue fulfilling our mission statement to present inspiring opera performances and educational programs. This will be accomplished by presenting two mainstage productions - Puccini's rarely performed LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST and Donizetti's dark drama LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR; adding a third production outside of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with Laura Kaminsky's new chamber opera, AS ONE; continuing to inspire over 38,000 school age youth throughout Colorado by offering essential education and outreach programs; and training the next generation of opera performers with our Young Artist residency program.

Needs Statement

Opera Colorado is sustained by the generosity of individual donors and sponsors, who comprise our single largest source of income. While ticket sales and other earned income are our most obvious income source, this revenue only covers approximately 30% of our total annual operating budget. We rely on support from donors like you and days like Colorado Gives in order to bring opera programs to our schools, offer free or reduced cost programs to children who otherwise could not participate and to sustain one of Denver's finest cultural institutions.

Executive Director Statement

It is a pleasure to present four exciting operas over the next two years that represent the full spectrum of human emotion. From hearts that burst with joy to those destroyed by shame and grief, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Aida and The Scarlet Letter contain the perfect marriage of remarkable music and gripping human drama.

Likewise, they represent 225 years of opera history. From the world premiere of Mozart's The Magic Flute in 1791 to the world premiere Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter in 2016, the repertoire I have selected spans the full gamut of styles, revering the time honored traditions of the operatic art form while expanding its boundaries with new work.

Whereas opera brings together many great art forms - music, drama, scenic art and dance - it is also the most expensive to produce. Over 200 individuals can be employed for one opera production, from singers, directors, conductors and orchestral musicians, to stage hands, costume and wig personnel and supertitle operator. Each of these individuals play an important role in making your opera going experience memorable.

I hope that you will take the opportunity TODAY to join our family of season ticket holders and contributors. While growing our audience helps ensure that each of our performances have a full house, the income derived from ticket sales only covers approximately 40% of the cost of an opera production, leaving the remaining 60% to be attained through contributions from generous donors. That's why your tax-deductible gift is so important to maintaining high artistic standards and resilient finances.

Join us today and experience the passion and excitement of Opera Colorado.

Greg Carpenter
General Director

Background Statement

Opera Colorado was founded in 1981 by Nathaniel Merrill, a distinguished name in the world of opera. With the goal of establishing a grand opera company in Denver, he gathered a group of local opera lovers to establish a grand opera company in Denver. Opera Colorado has grown consistently over many years of exceptional leadership and vision, presenting a mix of traditional and contemporary staging of standard repertoire while engaging young talent and attracting international superstars. In 2005, the Opera relocated its performances to the magnificent Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Downtown Denver. Gregory Carpenter was named General Director in 2007 and the company continues to grow its national reputation and strategically carry on the tradition of presenting world-class opera performances in Colorado.

Board Chair/President Statement

Opera Colorado has been bringing grand opera to the Denver community for more than 30 years. Please help me in supporting this local cultural institution, fostering our young artist program and educating patrons of all ages in this timeless classical art.

I come to Opera Colorado to see the opera, I volunteer at Opera Colorado because I want to help the opera community, and I donate to Opera Colorado because I want opera to thrive in this community. I want Opera Colorado to be everybody's Met." - Terry Frazier (Season Ticket Holder, Donor and Volunteer)

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