Guest Critic Reviews

Review: ‘Baby Doe’ remains relevant through Chautauqua Opera’s remarkable staging

Review: ‘Baby Doe’ remains relevant through Chautauqua Opera’s remarkable staging

If Douglas Moore is no longer a name to inspire even a flicker of recognition, then his signature work, The Ballad of Baby Doe, still has a place in the collective consciousness of opera buffs. After all, no less a soprano than Beverly Sills turned the piece into a star vehicle two years after its 1956 premiere, and no less a label than Deutsche Grammophon made a recording — back when making a recording meant something.