Opera Circuit Launch, Includes Aspen’s Wheeler | New

Colorado’s first-ever Historic Opera Tour, which connects five mountain opera houses, launched Thursday and includes Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House.

New Cultural Heritage Travel Offering Invites Visitors to Explore Colorado’s Silver Rush Past and the Importance of Arts and Culture in Today’s Remote Mountain Towns, All in elegant buildings, according to a press release from the Colorado Office of Tourism.

This summer, after two years of pandemic-related closures, visitors can enjoy live performances and events – opera, national and regional music performances, theater, festivals and more – as well as tours of buildings and rentals.

All of the opera houses on the circuit are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were built from 1878 to 1913, and retain their original character. They include: Central City Opera House (Central City), Sheridan Opera House (Telluride), Tabor Opera House (Leadville), Wheeler Opera House (Aspen), and Wright Opera House (Ouray).

Colorado’s Historic Opera Tour makes trip planning easy, the statement said. ColoradoOperaHouses.com provides information on the operas, a calendar of events and a map of the circuit. The website offers links to historical and artistic attractions, outdoor recreation, and nearby accommodations so visitors can plan a comprehensive trip.

“Today, many operas are used for other purposes or no longer exist. The five circuit opera houses provide visitors with a rare opportunity to see performances in the same settings as people in the early 20th century,” the statement read.

Summer events at Wheeler Opera House include Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience (today and Saturday), Aspen Music Festival and School (July 7-August 20) and Corrine Bailey Rae (22 July).

The tour project is funded by $40,000 from the Colorado Office of Tourism through its Marketing Matching Grant and a collective partner contribution of $20,000. All participating organizations are equal partners.

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