ABOUT TITANIC

TITANIC RECORDS, founded in 1973 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was one of the pioneers in the recording of "Early Music" on period instruments. During the LP era, Titanic released nearly a hundred recordings, including performances by such world-famous artists as Mieczyslaw Horszowski, John Gibbons, Joel Cohen, and Malcom Bilson. Now a division of Sirius Music, Inc., based in New York City, Titanic is expanding its CD catalog to include music of all periods, while maintaining its commitment to Early Music and periodically reissuing titles from the LP list. 

The images used on the Titanic website are of the Tabor Grand Opera House, built in 1881 in Denver, Colorado, near the end of the gold and silver mining booms in the Rocky Mountain West, by the rags-to-riches-to-rags "Silver King," Horace Austin Warner Tabor. They appear on the Titanic site courtesy of the Colorado Historical Society.
The Tabor saga was immortalized in Douglas Moore's and John Latouche's American opera classic The Ballad of Baby Doe, which premiered at the Central City Opera House in 1956 and in New York City two years later. Beverly Sills, Walter Cassel, and Frances Bible (with the New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Emerson Buckley conducting) made a legendary recording of the work in 1959 on Deutsche Grammophon, which reissued it in 1999. Another excellent recording of the opera appeared in 1997 on the Newport Classics label with the Cast & Orchestra of Central City Opera, John Moriarty conductor -- the first all-digital release, produced by John Ostendorf.
The best full-length account of the life and legend of the Tabors is Horace Tabor  (University Press of Colorado, 1989) by Professor Duane A. Smith of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. A less scholarly, but equally readable, book focusing on Elizabeth McCourt Tabor ("Baby Doe") is The Legend of Baby Doe by John Burke (pseudonym of Richard O'Connor), published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1974, with an introduction added in 1989 by Professor Smith. Recently published is Professor Smith's study of the opera and its production history, entitled The Ballad of Baby Doe, co-authored by conductor John Moriarty and published by the University Press of Colorado.
Opening night at the Tabor Grand Opera House in 1881 featured Maritana  (1845), a three-act opera by the Irish-born composer William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865). The opera enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1840's and a revival in 1880 in Her Majesty's Theatre. Perhaps it was the London revival that called the opera to the attention of the Tabor booking managers. Maritana was released in its entirety on the Marco Polo label in 1996. The Tabor Grand remained a monument to art and the pioneering spirit of the Old West until it fell to the wrecking ball in 1965 to make way for the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.
The Following images (all courtesy of the Colorado Historical Society), used as background visuals on other pages of our website, are reproduced unaltered below:
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1. Interior of the Tabor Grand

 

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2. Tabor Grand Opera House curtain with prophetic quote from Charles Kingsley
("So fleet the works of man, back to the earth again.  
Ancient and holy things fade like a dream.")

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3. Lithograph of original house plan for the Tabor Grand
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 4. Audience at 1,000th-night performance in the Tabor Grand

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5. Drawing of Tabor Grand Opera House as it appeared in the 1880's

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