Central City Opera Gala


FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015
City Hall Night Club, Downtown Denver

Opera stars Michael Mayes and Anna Christy will join the Spirituals Project as the entertainment for a festive evening celebrating Central City Opera’s 83 years. Christy and Mayes will replace Soloman Howard, who was originally scheduled to perform. Mr. Howard had to rescind the invitation after being engaged to record Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel of the LA Philharmonic during the Gala weekend. Read more below.

Gala Sponsors:

Citywide Banks
Kathy and Brad Coors Foundation
El Pomar Foundation
Endeavour Capital
First Western Trust Bank
Lanny and Sharon Martin
Northern Trust

Judy Grant
Margaret Baker
Pam Bansbach
Alicia Holt Corliss
Lisa Curwen
Will Dehner
Riisa Dikeou
Liz DiLorenzo
Christina Dinegar
Michelle Dorman
Lisa Duke
Scott Finlay
Harriet LaMair
Anne McGonagle


Caitlin McGonagle
Priscilla Mead
Kim Morss Dehncke
Meg Nichols
Nancy Parker
Jody Phelps
Denise Sanderson
Sally Scott
Jodi Sorensen
Kim Sullivan
Susan Sweeney
Kathy Tyree
Sandy Wischmeyer
The Evening
In addition to the live performances, patrons and guests will be treated to a black tie evening of cocktails and a seated dinner. Attendees will have the opportunity to be the first to buy spaces for this year’s Dream Events. A popular aspect of last year’s Gala, the Dream Events are special happenings throughout the year offering behind-the-scenes access to exclusive locations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The After Party will cap off the evening with late night dancing, creative cocktails and treats. 

The Entertainment
Lauded by Kyle MacMillan of Opera News magazine for “combining potent singing and an ability to physicalize the angry emotions of De Rocher,” powerful baritone, 
Michael Mayes performed the role of death row inmate Joseph De Rocher in Central City Opera’s 2014 Dead Man Walking, and soprano Anna Christy, touted as “an expressive performer” whose “soprano is superb” by Juliet Wittman of the Westword, delighted audiences as Susanna in CCO’s 2014 The Marriage of Figaro. Also taking the stage at the Gala will be members of The Spirituals Project who performed in CCO’s 2013 Show Boat

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