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Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in News | 0 comments


Denver, Colo. – The Central City Opera Guild announces “Opera Rocks,” a series of fun and interactive events to engage children and introduce them to the art of opera:

Young Hands On Opera and Art

On Sunday, May 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Central City Opera Guild will present Young Hands on Opera and Artat the Denver Art Museum. The program is a family event in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum. Children and their families will be captivated by a magical afternoon of opera in the enriched surroundings of the Denver Art Museum.

Central City Opera’s Ensemble Singers will present a lively interactive performance of How the West was Sung, in which Western frontier history comes alive when seen through the eyes and music of Colorado’s Silver King, Horace Tabor; Molly Brown, known as unsinkable; and other assorted and colorful frontier characters. In addition, there will be interactive activities for the kiddos including learning how to dance the Virginia Reel, a traditional and fun Western dance, as well as learning a song about Colorado pioneers. Following the program, participants will have the opportunity to visit the Western Art Gallery in the North Building of the DAM for some interactive coloring fun.

The price is $10 per person and includes free museum access following the program. This event is ideal for children ages 5 to 12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Young Hands on Opera and Art will be held in Schlessman Hall at the Denver Art Museum, located at 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204. For directions, contact (720) 865-5000 or visit

Please purchase tickets online at, through the Central City Opera Box Office at (303) 292-6700 or Tickets will also be available at the Denver Art Museum on the day of the event, and interested families should plan to arrive by 12:45 p.m. to register.  

Opera Inside Out

The Central City Opera Guild presents Opera Inside Out, a behind-the-scenes experience for families on Thursday, June 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., starting at Williams Stables, 113 Eureka St., Central City. Tickets are just $15. Visit or call (303) 292-6700.

Opera Inside Out opens with a show presented by Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs titled Eureka Street, performed by the Central City Opera Ensemble Artists to introduce opera concepts and examples of the art form. The program will progress with age appropriate activities (for 6-12 years old) and a tour of the historic Central City Opera House, including views from all areas of the intimate 550-seat space.

The learning opportunities continue with a backstage tour that includes the orchestra pit and the adjoining Cast House with views of the singer’s dressing rooms, the costume shop and the wig and make-up studios. Through this up-close experience, children and adults alike can heighten their appreciation of opera as well as enhance their operatic understanding. For more information on Opera Inside Out visit

Take a Child to the Opera

On Thursday, August 9 from 11:30 – 5:00 p.m., the Central City Opera Guild will present Take a Child to the Opera, for a full day of fun and a chance to see a family matinee performance of La bohème at 2:30 p.m.

Families can tour Central City’s history museum, pan for gold, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Stables or the Opera House Garden, learn about Puccini’s famous love story set in Paris, participate in interactive theatre games, learn the famous Ushers’ song, and head to the opera with a special gift from us. Perfect for ages six and up.

Central City Opera will present an all-new production of La bohème from July 7 to Aug. 12. Set in Paris, La bohème follows the challenges faced by Bohemians, specifically Mimì and Rodolfo, whose love-at-first-sight attraction is stifled by the hopeful but impoverished lives they lead. The heartwarming story that inspired the Tony award-winning musical Rent, La bohème combines the perfect mix of romance, friendship, and the pursuit of love and art. La bohème will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. The Family Matinee features Central City Opera’s talented members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program in lead roles.

Take a Child to the Opera tickets, which include the opera performance of La bohème, are $25 for children, and $30 for adults. Visit for tickets and more information.

All Three Events for One Low Price

Families will also have the opportunity to purchase all three Opera Rocks events at a discounted rate of $35 for children and $40 for adults. To purchase the series (or individual tickets), visit or call the Central City Opera Box Office at (303) 292-6700. For additional information, please contact Christina Dinegar at (303) 278-9541.

Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs have presented performances and workshops in more than 100 communities across Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska since 1996. Each year, the Central City Opera Ensemble presents more than 150 performances and workshops in schools, senior centers and communities large and small. These performances provide opportunities for audiences to hear and learn about less familiar works along with old favorites and for new audiences to be introduced to the art form of opera.


The Central City Opera Guild, established in 1974, assists Central City Opera through work in historic preservation, education, cultural and social events, and fundraising. Visit for more information.


Central City Opera 2012 Festival Tickets on Sale Now!   2012 Festival subscriptions include the options of a two-pack of Oklahoma! and La Bohème or a three-pack including The Turn of the Screw. Subscriptions are on sale now starting at just $30, and single tickets start at $20. In addition to its slate of operas for 2012, CCO will continue to present exciting new Festival events and enhancements. For more information or to purchase tickets for 2012, visit or call 303-292-6700.

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