Breckenridge Music Festival, we performed En Mis Palabras (In My Own Words) for Lake County middle and high school students. A bilingual (Spanish and English) opera commissioned by Central City Opera, En Mis Palabras is a story that every student, no matter what his or her cultural background, can relate to - the adolescent dilemma of finding your own voice, learning who you are – and the adult dilemma of knowing when and how much to let go so that a young adult may safely develop that sense of self.
|Central City Opera's EN MIS PALABRAS (IN MY OWN WORDS), Pictured (L to R): Steven Taylor (Esteban), James Baumgardner (Rodolfo) and Chelsea de la Cuadra (Ana Maria). Photos by Erin Joy Swank.|
including the Tabor Opera House, built in 1879 by Colorado mining magnate Horace Tabor. This building is featured in the opera The Ballad of Baby Doe, which Central City Opera premiered in 1956. Tabor had his hand in nearly everything in Leadville and we found ourselves singing the opera lyrics out loud:
Tabor owns the op'ry house, Tabor owns the big hotel,
Tabor owns the honkey tonk, Tabor owns the whole darn town!
Tabor owns the groc'ry store, Tabor owns the bank as well.
Tabor also wants to own that old Matchless Silver Mine.
We had a great time both presenting and reminiscing about opera on our day-outing to Leadville. If you want to learn more about the story of Horace Tabor and his wife Baby Doe, you can check out a recording of The Ballad of Baby Doe. You can also see selections of it (as well as the story of other Colorado pioneers including the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" and "Aunt" Clara Brown) in one of our other school performances, How the West Was Sung.