Embracing each other’s humanity through art. Q&A with our Development Administrative Coordinator

Central City Opera means resilience and community to me. As I was wrapping up my graduate degree and looking for work, this was the first organization that I encountered that was brainstorming new ways to bring their art to their patrons and discovering opportunities to bring people together safely. I am beyond excited to join an organization that strengthens in adversity…

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Adapting to this New Normal Right There with You

Well, it’s October, and the pandemic is still going strong. Students, parents and teachers all over the country have had to continue adapting to this #NewNormal, and Central City Opera is right there with you. We’ve personally experienced the challenges of adapting our own programs and deeply understand the disappointment of having to cancel or postpone planned events. With that understanding, it’s our goal to support our community the best we can.   

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The Ballad of Baby Doe

A rags-to-riches love story about real-life characters in 19th-century Colorado, the opera’s simple expressions of human emotions and universal truths have touched audiences throughout the world. 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 Frank Ricketson two attempts to win approval to commission an original work, while admitting there was only a one-in-a-thousand chance of success, but he prevailed.

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The Wild, True Tale of Baby Doe Tabor

Central City Opera commissioned an opera in 1953 based on the first famous love triangle in Colorado history between Silver King Horace Tabor, his wife Augusta and the beautiful Baby Doe. And that opera is almost as good as the true story of the Tabors.

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Leaving It Better Than I Found It. Q&A with our Director of Development

Katherine “Katie” Nicholson was named Central City Opera’s new Director of Development September of 2020. What you might not know about Katie is that she and her husband are award-winning homebrewers, she first experienced opera from behind her double bass in an orchestra pit at University of North Texas and she’s currently heading up Central City Opera’s Voice Your Dreams Endowment Campaign. Read on to get to know Katie and even find out where to taste some of her beers!

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