The Ballad of Baby Doe

The Ballad of Baby Doe

Excerpt from Theatre of Dreams: The Glorious Central City Opera, 75th Anniversary Book The Ballad of Baby Doe, by composer Douglas Moore and librettist John Latouche, was the first opera commissioned by the Central City Opera House Association. It took CCO President...
The Wild, True Tale of Baby Doe Tabor

The Wild, True Tale of Baby Doe Tabor

Contributors, Deb Morrow and Erin Osovets In 1953, Central City Opera commissioned a new opera based on the first famous love triangle in Colorado history, between Silver King Horace Tabor, his wife of 26 years Augusta and the beautiful Baby Doe from Oshkosh,...
On this day in CCO history – July 16, 1932

On this day in CCO history – July 16, 1932

July 16, 1932On this day in Central City Opera history, the Opera House re-opened and the official Central City Opera company was formed. In 1877, the citizens of Central City organized a fundraising drive for a grand new opera house befitting the gold mining town’s...

The Johnson House: A Love Story through the Ages

Photo credit: LUXE Magazine With over 150 years of history, the Johnson House at 201 Eureka has stood as a testament to love, loss and the resilience of the town it inhabits. Its connection to Central City Opera is more binding than sharing the same street; the people...
Central City Opera House Celebrates 140 Years

Central City Opera House Celebrates 140 Years

BY MARGARET SIEGRIST On a chilly 1878 March evening, the curtains parted for the first time at a new Opera House nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Beneath ornate ceiling frescos, rough and tumble benefactors filled each row of hickory chairs in the audience....