Denver Lyric Opera Guild
Denver Lyric Opera Guild is a non-profit membership organization of over 210 members. DLOG was founded in 1965 to help support the Denver Lyric Opera Company. The opera company was forced to close in 1968, but the Guild pursued other programs in keeping with its purpose to encourage and support young singers and provide continuing education to the members in the appreciation and knowledge of opera.
In 1984, the Guild inaugurated its signature event, the Competition for Colorado Singers, to support singers ages 23-32 in pursuing their operatic careers. Since then, the Guild has awarded $815,400 to Competition winners. Hundreds of young singers have successfully launched their operatic and musical careers since winning the Competition. At the 2020 Competition, $35,500 was awarded to the top 15 finalists.
The Guild provides grants to Colorado’s colleges and universities for vocal scholarships, and to apprentice opera programs. Over the years, these grants have totaled almost $775,000 from the earnings on our endowment. Grants are given to the voice performance programs at Colorado State University, Denver University, Metro State University of Denver, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, and young artist apprentice programs of Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Fort Collins, and Opera Theatre of the Rockies in Colorado Springs.
In 2019, grantees provided scholarships to 36 voice performance students and apprentice artists. In 2020, universities and opera apprentice programs will receive grants totaling $37,500.
Opera on Tuesday events are held seven times a year (plus the July Summer Party) throughout Metro Denver and offer members the opportunity to hear performances from Competition winners, opera students and opera company apprentices. Each year a group goes on a Regional Opera Tour to a Central City performance, and a National Opera Tour takes members and guests to a major U.S. opera venue.