Project Description

Grantee Profile: Central City Opera House

Established in 1932, Central City Opera (CCO) presents classic, new and rarely performed operas in the intimacy of the historic Central City Opera House. In addition to their productions, CCO trains and provides performance experience for tomorrow’s opera artists; cultivates appreciation for live music, theater and opera through educational outreach; and preserves and manages 32 historic properties owned by the Association.

CCO’s annual Summer Festival has earned international acclaim for staging traditional operas in innovative ways, and presenting new operas. In total, productions have included 19 regional premieres, two North American premieres and six world premieres.

In addition to the annual Summer Festival, Central City Opera sponsors the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program which provides student vocalists with instruction, career development and opportunity to perform in Festival productions.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation offers Central City Opera support from the Foundation’s Arts Innovation Fund to assist a new artistic endeavor and business model, CCOPresents! The place-based initiative will enable Central City Opera to present diverse artistic experiences to attract audiences to the City of Central outside of its traditional summer season.

Visit Central City Opera House’s website to learn more.