Always Through the Changing: Baby Doe’s “Silver Standard” on CCO and American Opera

As we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of The Ballad of Baby Doe in Central City this year, it reminded us of what wonderful and tragic series of events transpired for the real Elizabeth “Baby Doe” McCourt Tabor and her valiant and prideful husband Horace Tabor. In the 1950s, it was composer Douglas Moore and librettist […]

General and Artistic Director Pelham Pearce’s 20th Anniversary Tribute

On November 2, 2016 the Board of Directors of Central City Opera, staff and friends paid tribute to General and Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce at the annual meeting. Thank you Pat for your contributions to Central City Opera over the past 20 years. Here’s to another 20 years of thrilling experiences! General and Artistic […]

Central City Opera Podcast: Week Five – Getting to Know You (Better)

This week’s episodes feature interviews with three of the principal covers performing in the Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee performance of THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE:  Helen Huang, soprano (Baby Doe); Alice Anne Light, mezzo-soprano (Augusta Tabor); and Adam Richardson, baritone (Horace Tabor). You’ll also hear from the romantic leads of our main stage operas, tenor Jonathan Burton (Mario […]

Central City Opera Podcast: Week Four – Shaping the Opera Stars of Tomorrow

This week’s episodes feature interviews with the Director and Administrator of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, Michael Ehrman; the Principal Coach/Diction Coach, Michael Baitzer; soprano and Apprentice Artist Ashley Fabian (Kate in THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, Shepherd Child in TOSCA, and Betty Braswell in THE IMPRESARIO); mezzo-soprano and Studio Artist Tatiana Ogan (Meg in […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Week Three: Baby Doe Meets Tosca – Sharing the Stage

This week’s episodes feature interviews with mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer (Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe); bass-baritone Donald Hartmann (Sacristan in Tosca and William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe); mezzo-soprano Sarah Barber (Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe); and Tom Getty, Assistant Conductor and Surtitlist. Listen to the episodes by […]

Read What the Press Has to Say

“Tosca is taut, tight, and thrilling” – Daily Camera “Lean and Mean Tosca“ – Opera Today “Tosca…both well-conceived and blessed with phenomenal voices” – ColoradoDrama “The Ballad of Baby Doe with a hip, canny, multi-faceted new production“ – Opera Today “The Ballad of Baby Doe…stellar Central City Opera production.” – ColoradoDrama  “Baby Doe…still seduces in Central City” – […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Week Two: Another Opening, Another Show!

This week’s episodes feature interviews with soprano Alexandra Loutsion (Floria Tosca); baritone Michael Mayes (Baron Scarpia); stage director and set designer Joachim Schamberger (Tosca); and conductor Timothy Myers (The Ballad of Baby Doe). Listen to the episodes by clicking the PLAY button on each episode’s media player below, or subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Stitcher. Questions? See […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Season One (2016)

Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast apps starting July 5, 2016 Have you ever wanted to sit down with a Central City Opera singer, director, conductor, orchestra musician, or production staff member and get to know them (and what they do) a little better? You’re in luck – our podcasts feature interviews with artists […]

Central City Opera Podcast – Week One: The Central City Opera Summer Begins

This week’s episodes feature interviews with Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce; Music Director John Baril; Director of Production Karen Federing; soprano Anna Christy (Baby Doe Tabor), and the stage director for The Ballad of Baby Doe, Ken Cazan. Listen to the episodes by clicking the PLAY button on each episode’s media player below, or subscribe […]

A Bit of History on Central City Opera’s Education Programming

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog was written by Deborah Morrow, Director of Education & Community Engagement In the late 70s Central City Opera began formally offering education programs that toured to schools and other facilities.  Duain Wolfe, who also founded the Colorado Children’s Chorale and Colorado Symphony Chorus, instigated these programs.  He was CCO’s Artistic Administrator […]