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 having been invited 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
Known for his consummate portrayals of iconic characters, baritone Michael Mayes has performed with opera companies across the United States, including The Metropolitan Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and San Francisco Opera. His powerful performance as death row inmate Joseph De Rocher in CCO’s 2014 Dead Man Walking was hailed as “gripping” by The Denver Post. The Wall Street Journal has described Mayes as “delivering moments of great musical and dramatic force.” Mayes was a Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artist in 2000.

Praised by The New York Times as “nimble of voice, body and spirit,” soprano Anna Christy continues to impress audiences with an extraordinary blend of sparkling voice, powerful stage presence and innate musicality. Christy delighted audiences as Susanna in Central City Opera’s 2014 The Marriage of Figaro.

The Spirituals Project’s roots date back to 1991 to a series of concerts, lectures and workshop programs conducted by Dr. Arthur C. Jones of the Colorado Women’s College of Denver at DU and his accompanist Ingrid Hansen Thompson on songs created and first sung by African Americans in slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries. The present mission of The Spirituals Project is to both initiate and provide sponsorship for a wide program of activities which all have the goal of offering public audiences an understanding of the history and continuing cultural functions of the spirituals in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.SpiritualsProject.org.
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