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Great cities need great art, and for more than three decades, Opera Colorado has brought world-class performing arts to Colorado audiences. Today Opera Colorado serves as a cornerstone of Denver’s cultural community, bringing grand opera to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, its Denver home since its opening in 2005. Alongside standard repertoire in the grand opera tradition Opera Colorado presents new works or rarely performed productions each season. The company reaches more than 37,000 students and adults through its many education and community engagement programs throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Opera Colorado’s Young Artists, singers at the beginning stages of their careers, perform during their eight-month residency with the company in schools and community centers across the State— including an annual tour on the Western Slope. Recognized nationally for its excellence, the Young Artists program provides training for the next generation of American opera singers.

The 2017-2018 Season productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House will include Puccini’s La Bohème in November 2017 and Verdi’s Falstaff in May 2018, and the World Premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me by Gerald Cohen and Deborah Brevoort at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center in January 2018.

Founded in 1983, the Company will celebrate its 35th anniversary in the 2017-2018 season.


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Opera Theatre of the Rockies was a dream: the dream of a visionary who circled the globe captivating audiences from the world’s most prestigious stages with her tremendous operatic prowess. Opera Theatre of the Rockies was founded in 1998 by international soprano, Martile Rowland, with the expert guidance of Colorado Springs’ own music community legends Bee Vradenburg and Kathleen Fox Collins. And so it was that in 1999, with a Big Dream, a small purse and a cadre of enthused, energized and talented singers, Martile Rowland launched Opera Theatre of the Rockies with three sold out performances of The Merry Widow upon the historic stage of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

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