Music: Baby Doe

When U.S. composers set out to exploit uniquely native material, they all too frequently lose sight of the folk for the folksiness. Pulitzer Prizewinner Douglas Moore, 62, a Columbia professor, has been a notable exception. At least one of his previous operas, The Devil and Daniel Webster, achieved an easy lyrical style which has kept it alive in repertory as an authentic domestic classic. For his fourth opera, premiered last week at the legend-laden Opera House in Central City, Colo., Composer Moore once again mined some rich native lore: the story of Colorado Silver Millionaire Horace Austin Warner...

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