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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American Society of Interior Designers “Adopt” the Johnson House

The saying, “It takes a village” never rang more true than when 18 interior designers from companies across Colorado joined together for the massive undertaking of redecorating the historic Johnson House in Central City. Last updated in the 1980s, the Johnson House project proved to be a labor of love resulting in a truly remarkable space and many new friendships forged in blood, sweat and tears.

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