Truly a Rocky Mountain treasure, Central City Opera celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2012 as one of the nation’s most vibrant performing arts and historic preservation organizations. The company’s “theater of dreams” is a Victorian gem built by the miners of Central City in 1878, surrounded by 30 additional properties owned and preserved by the Central City Opera House Association just 40 miles west of Denver. Producing innovative operas with modern technical requirements in a historic structure is a challenge readily met by internationally renowned directors, conductors and technical designers who are eager to work in the rarified atmosphere with some of the finest artists in the field. Many of those artists have experienced intense training in Central City Opera’s prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, a national model for the development of young singers for more than 30 years. The company’s passionate commitment to arts and history education in the wider community results in touring programs that serve over 60,000 student, senior and community audiences each year. National and international critics recognize the uncompromising quality of Central City Opera’s summer productions, while Opera America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have lauded its community and historic initiatives.