Opera Colorado

Your generous nature and donation help us present world class opera to over 55,000 patrons every year, and train the next generation of performers through our nationally recognized Artist in Residence Program. We aspire to enrich your opera experience and put you one step closer to the magic.

More Information

Fundraising Pages

Want to do more for your favorite charity? We’ve made it easy for you to raise money by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a fundraiser Current fundraisers for this charity (0)

General Information

Official Name
Opera Colorado​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Former Name(s)
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
Tax ID
Headquarters Address
4121 South Navajo Street
Suite 100
Englewood, CO 80110
Colorado Location
Mailing Address
Other Address
Main Phone Number
Fax Number
Other Phone Number
Social Media Links

Mission Statement

Opera Colorado enriches the quality of life through the presentation of opera performances that inspire our audience, and serves the community through education and cultural programs.

Organization History

Stories are the essential lifeblood of a community, and Opera Colorado's story is inseparable from its hometown. A group of opera lovers gathered in 1980 to discuss the need for professional-quality opera in Denver; a company emerged that set a new standard for artistic excellence in Colorado. Nathaniel Merrill, longtime stage director for the Metropolitan Opera, served as artistic director from 1981-1998. Opera Colorado performed "in the round" for ten years, this unusual staging etching an early artistic identity that prioritized intimate connection with the audience and a relentless focus on quality, values that still characterize the company today.

With the opportunity to restore the Auditorium Theatre, the 2,200-seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House became Opera Colorado's performance home in 2005. The company builds on this acoustically excellent venue's storied past by connecting modern audiences with great works of the opera repertoire. Through a new artistic vision, help from a capacity building grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and an anonymous $1,000,000 donation, Opera Colorado will deepen its commitment to producing high-quality performances and building connections with the community by adding a third mainstage production to the 2019/20 season.

Opera Colorado moved its offices and rehearsal space into a renovated World War II-era building in Englewood in December 2017, marking the first time that administrative personnel and artists have worked in the same space. The new space has strengthened the collaborative spirit and shared focus that enable Opera Colorado to be a key contributor to artistic life in the Greater Rocky Mountain Region.


"...As I marched my toddlers to the performance, I was a little nervous that I was dragging them to something they wouldn't understand or have the patience to sit through. I was so wrong. We all loved it... My five-year old was fixated and keeps asking when we can go back to the Opera. Thank you for making this artform so accessible to children. Thank you for a reminder that true artistry speaks to us all. "
- Julia Jung reflecting on Family Day, a free Education & Engagement Program in which Opera Colorado opens the doors to the Ellie for programming of condensed operas and activities for children and families.

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.