What is The Next Stage NOW?

On March 10, 2016, Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled The Next Stage Vision Plan for the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This plan aims to re-energize the Arts Complex with new and updated venues, more public space and diverse and accessible programming. While construction will not begin immediately, The Next Stage NOW aims to start this exciting transformation with public performances, programming and placemaking initiatives today.

Upcoming Events:

DPO With a Twist: Havana to Harlem 
Studio Loft at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
March 9, 7:30 p.m. - Purchase Tickets
March 10, 7:30 p.m. - Purchase Tickets
Doors at 6:30 p.m. for both dates.

Harlem of the East meets “Harlem of the West” in The Studio Loft at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet and Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán join members of the Denver Philharmonic as part of the our “DPO With a Twist” chamber music series. With a Latin jazz flavor, this “Twist” is a can’t-miss collaboration featuring original music by López-Gavilán, Dizzy Gillespie, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Billy Strayhorn (March 9), and López-Gavilán and Felix Mendelssohn (March 10). Cover: $25–35.

Co-Presented by Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Philharmonic as part of The Next Stage NOW. 

The Next Stage Gallery


Experience La Bohème is a collaborative endeavor with Opera Colorado, Hypercube and the University of Colorado Denver, including students and faculty from the Digital Design and Music Entertainment and Industry Studies programs. The main goal of this immersive experience is to create an engaging and interactive VR experience that can excite younger audiences and expose them to the beauty and history of opera.

The technology used to create this experience includes traditional filming, Augmented Reality (AR) using Aurasma, and 360° VR Capturing Devices including the Nokia Ozo powered by Hypercube, Unity, Vive interface, and Oculus Rift.

Through the use of virtual reality and video narratives, Experience La Bohème displays many aspects of creating a professional opera production. The video narratives included in Experience La Bohème are interviews with the main characters, director and conductor, and an overview of the history of La Bohème and the set design, costumes, wigs and makeup.

Find out more at nextstagecu.org.

Tuesdays - Fridays, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


For additional questions or information, please contact Peter Dearth, Operations Assistant, by email or at 720-865-4303.