About Central City Opera Guild & L’Esprit de Noël

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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 Noël 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 programs.

2019 Committee members

Chairpersons: Lauren Horsman and Abby Mercado

Chairperson Advisor: Denise Sanderson

Guild President: Karen Ritz

Additional Committee Members:

Margaret Baker, Edie Bell, Kristin Bender, Liz Clarke, Vicki Curtiss, Christie Delciotto, Christina Dinegar, Suzie Erzinger, Katie Grassby, Jess Knauf, Suzanne Larrick, Susan McCann, Ericka McDaniel, Melissa Rick, Cheryl Shaw, Diane Sweat, Kathy Terry, Kathy Wells, Caroline Zanner

Central City Opera Staff: Jenaveve Linabary, Erin Osovets, Jeremy Schwartz


Contact central city opera


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

ph: 303.292.6500

Inquiries about the guild can be sent to Guild President, Karen Ritz at amkrritz@comcast.net.