Since then the company has presented six of its own new works, and several Canadian premieres of American operas, including Jake Heggie's Dead Mail Walking, Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe
, Kevin Puts' Silent Night, as well as Joby Talbot's Everest in February.
Among Saturday's selections are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Jacques Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffman," Igor Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" and Douglas Moore's 1956 opera set in the mining town of Leadville, Colo., "The Ballad of Baby Doe
From the early sixties comes an even more treasurable memento from her early career, when she sings the Willow Aria from The Ballad of Baby Doe
with composer Douglas Moore on hand to introduce it.
What is missing in all this, at least from an American perspective, is any acknowledgment of newer works that have established a permanent presence in the repertory (though perhaps outside the top one hundred)--works like Robert Ward's The Crucible (1961), Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe
(1956), Samuel Barber's Vanessa (1958), and Carlisle Floyd's Susanna (1955) and Of Mice and Men (1970), or even lesser known works such as Kirke Mechem's Tartuffe (1980), which has had no fewer than 170 performances in 53 different productions since its premiere.
The story of the "Tabor triangle" has been told in many books and even in Douglas Moore's 1956 opera The Ballad of Baby Doe
In addition to these opera classics, American audiences were offered a number of new works, including The Wife of Martin Guerre by William Bergsma; The Trial at Rouen by Norman Dello Joio; Images of Youth by Felix Labunski; The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore by Gian-Carlo Menotti; and The Ballad of Baby Doe
by Douglas Moore.
His opera The Ballad of Baby Doe
(1955) achieved critical and popular acclaim.
Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito," Douglas Moore's "The Ballad of Baby Doe
," Christoph Gluck's "Orphe et Euridice" and Franz Lehr's "Merry Widow" - at 7:30 p.m.
It's one of Moore's more enduring stage works after The Ballad of Baby Doe
, and received its first professional production in Detroit in 1962.
Calgary Opera audiences have come to expect something different for the second of its three annual productions, and a thread of modern American operas continued this January with the first professional Canadian staging of Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe
There is considerable music in between, including an unforgettable performance of the Willow Song from Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe
Hickman received a rave review from the New York Times for her performance of Lena in l'Opera francais de New York's production of La Princesse Jaune, and will sing the role of Mary in the New York City Opera's new production of The Ballad of Baby Doe