From Backyard CARMEN to the Met Opera

From Backyard CARMEN to the Met Opera

Phebe Berkowitz-Tanners credits Central City Opera (CCO) with launching her life’s purpose. She says it best, “Everything I’ve learned and loved in my life came from my time in Central City.” Phebe first came to Central City as a 7-year-old in 1953. Her father was a...
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...