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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.

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Mainstage Operas

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

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 is Denver; a company emerged from that meeting 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. Under his direction, Opera Colorado performed "in the round" at Boettcher Concert Hall for ten years; this unusual staging etched an early artistic identity that prioritized intimate connection with the audience and the relentless focus on quality, values that still characterize the company today. The 1990s and early 2000s were a period of growth and change for Opera Colorado. The company added a third mainstage performance at the Temple Buell Theatre to its annual season in 1992, enabling Opera Colorado to mount productions with more traditional staging. In 2002, the organization won the opportunity to restore the 1908 Auditorium Theatre, leading to the opening of the 2,200-seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House as its performance home in 2005. The company builds on this acoustically excellent venue's storied past by connection modern audiences with great works of the opera repertoire in two mainstage productions each season.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Opera Colorado remains a dynamic, forwarding-thinking company amidst a changing landscape for the arts. Through its current strategic plan, Opera Colorado is deepening its commitment to producing high-quality performances and building connections with the community. More than 47,000 Coloradans experience Opera Colorado through a range of educational programs each year. In 2016, the company launched Scene Change, an initiative that brings performances out of the opera house and into neighborhoods. Opera Colorado moved its offices and rehearsal space into a renovated World War I-era building in Englewood in December 2017, marking the first time that the company's 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. Dates of performances at the Ellie are set through the 2021/22 season, and specific productions are known through the 2019/20 season.

Education & Community Engagement

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Young Adults (20-25 years)
At-Risk Populations

Description

Opera Colorado's Education & Community Engagement Programs reach thousands of students of all ages throughout the Greater Rocky Mountain Region each season. The company's vibrant array of programming includes everything from touring performances in schools and community centers, field trips to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, performances by the Artists in Residence and the signature in-school residency program, Generation OC.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During the 2017/18 season Opera Colorado's Education & Community Engagement Programs served over 47,000 students of all ages in communities throughout Colorado - the highest number served in company history! Programs such as backstage tours, workshops with artists, and Student Dress Rehearsals at the Ellie continue to be extremely popular, selling out on a consistent basis - the February 2018 Family Day performances sold out in just 90 minutes! Philanthropic support enables Opera Colorado to offer scholarships for schools that demonstrate financial need, thus ensuring that cost is never a barrier for any young person experiencing artistic mastery.

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