Dream Events

Behind-the-scenes access to exclusive locations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, only from Central City Opera. To purchase, click the Dream Events button below. You can also reserve these Dream Events through the office by  calling 303.292.6500. Central City Opera Gala Dream Events have developed a loyal following and sell out quickly. Make sure you reserve your tickets today!

Highlights from 2017 Dream Events



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Dream Event 1

• Cook with Cook •

Hosted by Nancy Parker, Chrissie Thompson, Scott Finlay and Tom Duggan, Karen and Andrew Ritz,

Margaret and Stan Baker, and Christina and Leonard Dinegar

Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm | Private Residence, Cherry Hills Village

Let Central City Opera’s very own Brian Cook lead your intimate culinary adventure. Violist and avid chef, Brian will share his secrets for creating a delicious pasta dinner showcasing the north-west Italian region of Liguria. Start the evening with antipasto and prosecco. Then together create the classic Corzetti pasta of Liguria for your meal while enjoying wine pairings by local sommelier, Ed Martin. The intricate design of the wooden Corzetti stamp* used to create your pasta originated during the Renaissance. A hand-carved wooden replica will be yours to take home. Coffee and Brian’s divine Italian semifreddo dessert wrap-up your evening. Buon appetito!

*Brian’s personal friend, Filippo Romagnoli a Florentine wood-carver living in the Chianti region of Italy,

will hand-carve each Corzetti stamp.

$200 per ticket • Limit: 12 Guests


Dream Event 2

• Mozart’s The Magic Flute Followed by Dinner on the Central City Opera Stage •

Hosted by Betsy and Mike Huseby

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 2:30 pm | Central City

Become enveloped by Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a magical tale that is as moving as it is witty and features some of Mozart’s most magnificent and well-known pieces! Enjoy premiere orchestra seating for a matinee performance. Afterward, cross Eureka Street to the historic Johnson House for cocktails and lively conversation with performance artists and Central City Opera General and Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce. This post-matinee experience culminates with dinner by Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group on the Central City Opera House stage amidst the mystical and fantastic sets of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

$250 per ticket • Limit: 22 Guests


Dream Event 3

• Il trovatore Followed by Al Fresco Dinner in Central City •

Hosted by Kathy Tyree, Harriet LaMair, Melinda Couzens and Tolly Tate

Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 2:30 pm | Central City

Up in Central City where the air is crystal clear and the opera is cool, guests will enjoy premiere orchestra seating for a matinee performance of Il trovatore. Afterward, join our hostesses for farm fresh fare in the charming Central City Opera House Gardens. You will not want to miss this favorite summer tradition!

$175 per ticket • Limit: 12 Guests


Dream Event 4

• 40th Anniversary of The Face on the Barroom Floor •

Black Tie Dinner and Exclusive Private Performance

Hosted by Suzie and Marty Erzinger, George Ann and Buzz Victor, and Kristin and Jim Bender

Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 5:00 pm | Central City

A rare opportunity to experience opera in the Teller House bar. For one evening only, The Face on the Barroom Floor will be performed alongside its namesake painting on the barroom boards. Sip cocktails on the Teller House deck, where Director Michael Ehrman will join you to discuss this historic opera. Then step inside for a gourmet dinner in Kevin Taylor’s Rouge. Afterwards raise a glass in the Teller House bar to celebrate the 40th Anniversary and recent restoration of this historic painting, before experiencing the exclusive private performance of this one-act chamber opera. Commissioned by Central City Opera in 1978, this gripping piece mingles two love triangles, separated by a century, but paralleled through time. Immediately following, enjoy dessert and coffee with the performers.

$300 per ticket • Limit: 20 Guests


Dream Event 5

• Evening Concert and Gourmet Picnic Dinner at Denver Botanic Gardens •

Donated and hosted by the Denver Botanic Gardens

Monday, June 25, 2018

3:00 PM Early Entrance

6:30 PM Show

This concert with a gourmet picnic dinner and wine, by Catering by Design, sells out quickly each year! Enjoy the opportunity to enter the gardens early (after 3:00 pm) with your blanket and chairs. VIP access and convenient parking in the garage make securing the picnic spot of your choice a breeze. Experience a perfect night of music under the stars while enjoying the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens.

$200 per ticket • Limit: 8 Guests


Dream Event 6

• Cowboy Up to the Urban Campfire at Rockmount •

A Men’s Evening of Tall Tales, Taller Cocktails and Good Grub

Hosted by Kevin Kearney, Tom McGonagle, Rob Lewis, Ken Mirr, Paul Tamburello and Leonard Dinegar

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | 5:30 to 8:30 pm | Rockmount Ranch Wear, Denver

Calling all urban cowboys! Get along little doggies and separate from the herd at sunset to join this exclusive men’s gathering for tall tales, taller cocktails and good grub around the “urban campfire” on the rooftop of the historic Rockmount Ranch Wear building in LoDo. Meet with owner Steve Weil, whose grandfather put the “snaps” on western wear. Scout the latest Rockmount specialty ranch wear and have a boot fitting by Texas boot maker Lucchese (you may rustle or purchase these goods depending on what side of the law you’re on). Compete with pro rodeo cowboys in a “virtual rodeo.” “The West is not a place, it is a state of mind.” Jack Weil

$125 per ticket • Limit: 32 Guests


Dream Event 7

• The Family Jones Spirit House Distillery and Tasting Room •

Hosted by Sally Scott and Kevin Kearney, Michelle and Mark Dorman,

Brooke and Chas Maloy and Nicole and Bart Bansbach

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 5:00 to 8:00 pm

The Family Jones Spirit House, Denver

The modern blended family of The Family Jones Spirit House created by Paul Tamburello (Little Man Ice Cream), pioneer distiller Rob Masters and Justin Cucci (Linger, Root Down) among others is the rendezvous for this adventure in experimental distilling, custom cocktail creation and globally inspired savory food offerings. Tour the distillery, learn about grain-to-bottle spirits built with Colorado grains from innovative Whiskey Sisters Supply entrepreneur Stephanie Ohnmacht. Sip artisan cocktail creations made with unusual botanicals including Colorado pine and rosemary or evolving favorites such as the mango lassi and cherry gin sour. (Distillery law prohibits the sale of wine or beer in this establishment.)

$90 per ticket ($35 for 35 years & under) • Limit: 42 Guests


Dream Event 8

• Afternoon Teddy Bear Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Denver •

Hosted by Judy Grant and Meg Nichols

Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 3:00 to 5:00 pm

The Ritz-Carlton Denver

Add to the holiday spirit as you and your young guests attend this festive afternoon tea. With a menu designed especially for this delightful event, enjoy a myriad of surprises throughout the afternoon including music and a celebrity reading of holiday favorites. Guests are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to donate at the tea for the benefit of children in need. What could be a better way to celebrate the holidays than to share this time with family and friends!

$65 per ticket ($35 for children 12 years & under) • Limit: 50 Guests


Dream Event 9

• “DIOR: From Paris to the World” Private Tour and Brunch - A Ladies Event •

Hosted by Sharon Martin, Nancy Benson, Nancy Parker, Carol McDermott, Lisa Curwen, and Tamara Barron

Friday, November 30, 2018 | 9:00 am

Denver Art Museum and Private Museum Residence

Be among the first to view the U.S. debut of the upcoming exhibit “Dior: From Paris to the World” at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) with a private tour led by Florence Müller, DAM’s Textile Art and Fashion Curator. Before museum hours, tour this major retrospective of the House of Dior which chronicles 70 years of Christian Dior’s legacy and his fashion label’s global influence. Learn how the celebrated couturier generated a revolution in Paris and around the world after World War II by viewing a selection of 150 couture dresses along with accessories and costume jewelry. After the tour enter a private Museum Residence across the way to enjoy an elegant catered brunch, personal art collection, beautifully decorated residence, and the lovely city views graciously shared by our fabulous hosts. (Parking included)

$250 per ticket • Limit: 20 Guests


Just-for-Two Dream Event 1

• Two-night Stay at the Garden of the Gods Club •

One of the Natural Wonders of the World

Donated by the Garden of the Gods Club

April 2018 - April 2019 TBD | Colorado Springs

Savor breathtaking views from atop this earthly haven and superb amenities during your two-night stay at the legendary Garden of the Gods Club. Developed in the 1950s, the Club quickly became an exclusive retreat for Hollywood’s elite, captains of industry, and political and literary luminaries. Visitors have included Robert Mitchum, Claudette Colbert, Gene Autry, John Wayne and Walt Disney. This “Dream” weekend will include breakfast both days, one round of golf and spa services for two! Dates TBD by sponsors and event recipient.

$1,500 for two Guests • Limit: 1 Package


Just-for-Two Dream Event 2

• 2 VIP tickets to the 39th U.S. Senior Open Golf Championships •

Exclusive access to the Northern Trust Cottage on the 18th Fairway

of the Legendary Broadmoor Golf Course

Donated by Northern Trust

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 to Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Broadmoor East Golf Course, Colorado Springs

This two day package includes two VIP tickets, parking, exclusive all-day access, with food and beverages, to Northern Trust’s Broadmoor Cottage on the 18th fairway of the legendary Broadmoor East Course. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see some of the world’s best players’ approach shots on the 18th hole! The 39th U.S. Senior Open will be the eighth USGA Championship contest at this famous Broadmoor course and coincides with the Centennial Celebration of the historic Broadmoor Hotel. The championship will be hosted by Honorary Chair John Elway.

$2,200 for two VIP tickets • Limit: 1 Package


Just-for-Two Dream Event 3

• Motet and Boombox - Red Rocks Concert Tickets •

Donated by Jenny and Don Strasburg and AEG Live

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 7:00 pm | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison

Colorado’s favorite funk outfit, The Motet, and live electronica duo BoomBox coheadline with support from English old school R&B revivalists The New Mastersounds.

$200 for two reserved seats • Limit: 1 Package


Just-for-Two Dream Event 4

• The Avett Brothers with David Crosby and Friends Red Rocks Concert Tickets •

Donated by Jenny and Don Strasburg and AEG Live

Friday, June 29, 2018 | 7:30 pm | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison

America’s folk-rock band The Avett Brothers performs with two-time Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer David Crosby and his musical friends. This is a SOLD OUT performance.

$500 for two general admission seats • Limit: 1 Package


Just-for-Two Dream Event 5

• Brandi Carlile with Shovels & Rope, The Secret Sisters Red Rocks Concert Tickets •

Donated by Jenny and Don Strasburg and AEG Live

Sunday, August 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison

American folk-rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile known for heartbreaking lyrics and her earth shattering voice joins with hard rocking musical duo Shovels & Rope and harmonious folk-country group The Secret Sisters. This is a SOLD OUT performance.

$650 for two reserved seats • Limit: 1 Package


Live Dream Event 1  - Available only at the Gala, April 27th

• Calling All Divas and Divos APPEAR ON STAGE In Central City Opera’s Il trovatore! •

Donated by Central City Opera

Summer 2018 | Opera House Stage, Central City

Make your grand entrance for a once-in-a-lifetime cameo as a cast member of Central City Opera’s 2018 production of Il trovatore! Your experience includes rehearsals with the cast and a transformation via stage makeup and costuming culminating in your on-stage debut. If your dreams include a part in a world-class opera and theatre production, don’t wait. This unique Dream Event can be yours! Awarded to the highest bidder.

Bids starting at $2,000 • Limit: One Diva or Divo


Live Dream Event 2 - Available only at the Gala, April 27th

• Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa Adventure •

Hosted by Gateway Canyons Resort and Lisa and Chris Curwen

Date TBD | Gateway, Colorado

A three night stay at the luxury Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa, named one of the top resorts in the world, is the ultimate adventure destination. Nestled in the high desert canyonlands of Western Colorado and built by John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, the Gateway Canyons Resort is surrounded by Colorado’s spectacular natural beauty. You will never want to leave! Your stay in deluxe accommodations (sleeping two to four) at the Gateway Canyons Kiva Lodge includes breakfast and access to a classic and luxury car museum (home of the only 1954 Oldsmobile F-88), high definition movie theater with Discovery shows, game room, cruising bikes, lectures and adventures created by Curiosity Curator, Zebulon Miracle, star gazing, fitness center, yoga, bird watching, various hikes and even a search for dinosaur bones. The wondrous landscape is the perfect place for every inquiring soul! A gift certificate toward additional activities is added and can include spa services, guided fly-fishing, shooting range, UTV adventures, curiosity adventure tours extraordinaire, luxury sports car rental, mountain bike tours, the Palisade Ranch experience with trail rides, cowboy lessons, cattle drive, roping, a fireside cookout, and helicopter tours to open your eyes to spectacular Western Colorado! There is no better place in Colorado and maybe the world to awaken with nature! Dates TBD by sponsors and highest bidder. Awarded to the highest bidder.

Bids starting at $2,500 • Limit: 1 Package