- There is a new oasis of culture in the Rockies: the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, home to Opera Colorado and the Colorado Ballet. This brand-new, 2268-seat, $92 million venue is in downtown Denver. Named for local first lady of opera Ellie Caulkins (whose family donated a generous $7 million in return for naming rights), this giant opera house incorporates elements of the Denver Municipal Auditorium, which has occupied the space since the 19th century. The result is a unique design boasting state-of-the-art facilities and an imtimate feel, the perfect place to showcase Denver's local talent. Opera Colorado hosts 16 performances of 4 major operas, such as Carmen, Bellini's Norma, and The Abduction from the Seraglio, each year. Colorado Ballet also puts on 70 dance shows each season. Visitors to Denver, whether for business or pleasure, should consider an outing to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House during the season (September-April).
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