Saturday, January 19, 2013

Winter Opera Saint Louis Presents Local Premiere: "The Ballad of Baby Doe"

This coming February, Winter Opera Saint Louis presents the St. Louis Premiere of Douglas Moore's 1956 opera The Ballad of Baby Doe on February 8th (8pm) and 10th (3pm) at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts on the campus of Chaminade College Preparatory School (425 S. Lindbergh Blvd, 63131 -- map here).

Set to a libretto by John Latouche, The Ballad of Baby Doe tells the true story of an enduring romance between silver baron Horace Tabor and Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor in 1880s Colorado. Made rich by the Matchless Mine in Leadville, Colorado, Horace Tabor has grown disenchanted with his stern wife Augusta and soon falls in love with the ravishing young Elizabeth Doe, a visitor from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Their union endures divorces, scandal, political strife and the eventual ruination of Horace’s riches brought on by the gold standard. Hear ravishing melodies that have entered the standard operatic repertoire, including “Warm as the Autumn Light,” “The Willow Song,” and “Always Through the Changing.”

Soprano Gina Galati portrays Elizabeth Doe, a role made famous by Beverly Sills. Baritone Adelmo Guidarelli sings the role of Horace Tabor. Mezzo-Soprano Lindsey Anderson, returning after her company debut in The Mikado, sings the role of Augusta Tabor. Bass Mark Freiman portrays failed presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. Winter Opera Music Director Steven Jarvi returns as musical director and conductor. Stage Director David Carl Toulson makes his company debut.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Winter Opera Saint Louis at 314-865-0038 or online at $10 Student Rush Tickets sold at the door; valid student ID required. 

Operatic Saint Louis will be previewing this local premiere production in the coming weeks with artist interviews and stories on the historical figures in the opera. For more information on this production, visit

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