An oasis of culture in the Rockies; the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, is home to Opera Colorado. Named after local first lady of opera, Ellie Caulkins, this giant opera house incorporates elements of the Denver Municipal Auditorium, which has occupied the space since the 19th century. The result is a unique design boasting state-of-the-art facilities and providing the perfect place to showcase Denver's local talent. Opera Colorado hosts 16 performances of four major operas, such as Carmen, Bellini's Norma and the Abduction from the Seraglio, each year. Colorado Ballet also puts on 70 dance shows each season.