A cornerstone of Denver’s cultural community, Opera Colorado presents an annual
season at its downtown Denver home, the
Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company
presents new works alongside standard repertoire, and reaches more than 35,500 students
and community members throughout the
Rocky Mountain region through a variety
of education and outreach programming.
Opera Colorado Young Artists, a five-month
residency for singers at the beginning stages
of their careers, provides training for the next
generation of American opera performers.
Founded in 1983, the Company celebrated its
30th anniversary in the 2013 season.
Swallow Hill Music Association
71 East Yale Ave., Denver, 80210
Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music is a
nonprofit community in Denver for musicians and music lovers. The organization
brings people together through its school,
outreach programming and concerts, and is a
home for individuals and families who want
to learn about, listen to and perform music.
Each year Swallow Hill Music connects more
than 138,000 people to diverse music traditions on stage and in the classroom.
The Denver metro region provides an array
of theater options for arts lovers, from large
companies to small groups that perform
in intimate neighborhood playhouses. See
below for a sampling of theater companies
and performing arts venues.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 80003
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities offers award-winning, professional
regional theater (both plays and musicals). It
also offers children’s theater; a wide variety
of concerts; classical and contemporary
dance performances; nationally recognized
gallery exhibitions; a history museum; and
more than 800 arts and humanities classes
for all ages. A 500-seat indoor venue and an
outdoor amphitheater make up the center’s
Aurora Fox Arts Center
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 80010
The city of Aurora’s center presents plays,
musicals, children’s theater, concerts and
guest artists for the public.
The Denver Performing Arts Complex
Speer and Arapahoe Streets, Downtown Denver
The Denver Performing Arts Complex
(DPAC) is the largest performing arts complex
under one roof, and the second-largest center
of its kind in terms of number of venues and
seating capacity. Connected by an 80-foot-
tall glass roof, DPAC houses ten performance
spaces on its four-block, 12-acre site. The
Denver Performing Arts Complex is home
to a Tony Award-winning repertory theatre
company, Broadway touring productions,
contemporary dance and ballet, magnificent
chorales, a major symphony orchestra, interna-
tionally acclaimed opera and more. The Denver
Performing Arts Complex regularly hosts the
Colorado Ballet, Symphony Orchestra, and
Opera Colorado. Music, theatre and dance are
a year-round, essential part of Denver’s culture,
and the performing arts complex provides
the climate to develop and attract outstanding
performances and top-notch cultural institu-
tions. The first-class facilities at the Denver
Performing Arts Complex help to support and
promote the constant evolution of, and growing
demand for, the arts in the Mile High City.
5665 Old Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 80003
The Festival Playhouse offers performances
for adults and children throughout the year.
It’s the oldest family-owned and operated
community theater in the country.
Germinal Stage Denver
2450 W. 44th Ave., Denver, 80211
Photo by Jim Havey courtesy of
Central City Opera
Photo courtesy of The Children’s Museum of Denver