Colorado Music Hall of Fame to Induct Central City Opera

By Francisco Salazar

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is set to induct the Central City Opera, Cynthia Lawrence and Keith Miller, and conductor/artistic director John Moriarty on June 29, 2024.

The event will be hosted in partnership with the City of Central and Central City Opera and will be held in conjunction with the opening night of “The Pirates of Penzance.”

In a statement, Scott Finlay, Central City Opera’s President and CEO said, “We are deeply honored to be receiving this recognition. Central City Opera’s 92 years of rich musical heritage is a testament to the dedication of our supporters, volunteers, artists, and staff who have made this milestone possible. This distinction is a tribute to their commitment.”

Central City Opera is the fifth-oldest opera company in the U.S.  and for 54 years the company has showcased an impressive talent pool of artists, paired with quality music education and training. Created in 1978 by John Moriarty, CCO’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program is a national model for the professional development of young singers including fellow inductees Cynthia Lawrence and Keith Miller.

Lawrence currently serves as the Endowed Chair for Voice and Opera at the University of Kentucky School of Music while Miller serves as the Crested Butte Music Festival Opera Director for six years. Conductor, artistic director, educator, vocal coach, singer and pianist John Moriarty was a leader in Central City Opera for more than forty years.