On Friday, April 28, at 6:30pm, Central City Opera, the fifth oldest opera company in the United States, will celebrate 85 historic years of singing extraordinary stories to spark the imagination, inspire creativity, and open minds to the breadth of human experience. The annual Theatre of Dreams Gala is an elegant evening to raise money for Central City Opera’s annual summer festival productions, year-round programs, and ongoing operations. The evening will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner and musical performance at the sleek brand-new $15 million Mike Ward Maserati Headquarters in Highlands Ranch. 

Central City Opera (CCO) follows its successful 2016 Gala with a modern and chic celebration in a stunning, contemporary venue. Captivating images from the company’s past and present will transform the new Maserati space into a vibrant Festa di Musica! The evening will celebrate the historic opera company and its mission of presenting inspirational, world-renowned performances, providing young artist training and educational programs, and historic preservation of more than 30 historic properties in Central City, CO. Patrons and guests will enjoy an evening of fine wines, Catering by Design cuisine, and world-class musical entertainment.  


Opportunities to support Central City Opera through this event include ticket sales to the Cultural Connoisseur Event and the Gala, corporate sponsorships, and a special opportunity (offered online and at the Gala) to buy-a-share at a selection of Dream Events hosted by patrons of CCO.  Dream Events are special events held over the course of 2017 and include exclusive dinners, tours, cocktail offerings, wine tours, and private lectures not generally available to the public.

Elizabeth Welch, LIVE!

Soprano Elizabeth Welch joins us straight from Broadway, where she is currently playing Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. She has performed opera and musical theater all over the world, and hails from Parker, Colorado! An incredible opportunity for Central City Opera Gala guests. Let Ms. Welch transform your evening as she shares her passion for the joy and magic of music.

Thank you

2017 Gala Sponsors!


Citywide Banks

El Pomar Foundation

Endeavour Capital

Lanny and Sharon Martin


Northern Trust


Denver Private Wealth Management

Mike Ward Maserati

Judy and Newell Grant

Gala Chairs
Judy Grant and Michelle Dorman 


April 28, 2017

Gala Committee

Margaret Baker • Pam Bansbach • Tamara Barron • Heather Brecl

Lisa Curwen • Will Dehner • Sarah DeMeola • Riisa Dikeou

Christina Dinegar • Lisa Duke • Scott Finlay • Suzanne Goderstad

Nora Heitmann • Emily Hemming • Kitty Koch • Harriet LaMair

Clare Mail • Brooke Maloy • Anne McGonagle • Kim Morss Dehncke 
Meg Nichols • Nancy Parker • Jody Phelps • Sara Poorman • Karen Ritz

Denise Sanderson • Sally Scott • Jodi Sorensen • Kimberlee Sullivan

Tolly Tate • Kathy Tyree • Sandy Wischmeyer • Lisa Zetah