“A performance worthy of the company’s history”
By Peter Alexander
Central City Opera has a fresh and imaginative remake of a old friend this summer.
Their 60th-anniversary production of Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe—CCO’s signature piece, which the company premiered July 7, 1956—opened in the historic Central City Opera House July 9. The production, which continues in repertory through Aug. 6, features a uniformly strong cast and chorus, creative use of projections by designer David Martin Jacques, and inspired work by stage director Ken Cazan.
The orchestra, under conductor Timothy Myers, gave a nuanced and supportive performance, responding well to the many moods and styles of Americana in Moore’s effective score. The result was a performance worthy of the company’s great history with this opera.
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