About us


The Central City Opera Guild is a member organization devoted to supporting Central City Opera, a true Colorado treasure. Since 1932 the company has presented a summer opera festival in its restored 1878 Opera House located in the historic gold mining town of Central City. The Guild was established in 1974 and those pioneering women created L'Esprit de Noël as their signature fundraising event. 

All funds raised by L’Esprit de Noel go toward children’s programs led by the Central City Opera, teaching a younger generation the importance of music and art in our society.

Learn more about the Central City Opera’s education and community engagement programs.

2018 Committee members

Chairpersons: Lauren Horsman and Abby Mercado

Chairperson Advisor: Denise Sanderson

Guild President: Kristin Bender

Additional Committee Members: Margaret Baker, Heather Breci, Liz Clarke, Melinda Couzens, Christina Dinegar, Suzie Erzinger, Sara Francois, Katie Grassby, Nancy Hemming, Jess Knauf, Jenaveve Linabary, Susan McCann, Ericka McDaniel, Vicki McFarlane, Anne McGonagle, Harley Opsahl, Melissa Rick, Karen Ritz, Antonette Smith, Diane Sweat, Kathy Terry, Kathy Wells


Contact us


400 S. Colorado Boulevard, Suite 530 Denver, CO 80246

ph: 303.292.6500

Inquiries about the guild can be sent to Guild President, Kristin Bender at amery58@yahoo.com.