A hidden trove gives a glimpse of opera in the Wild West

A hidden trove gives a glimpse of opera in the Wild West

One summer day three years ago, Wendy Waszut-Barrett stumbled onto quite the discovery at the Tabor Opera House, high in the Colorado Rockies. “I still get excited about it now,” she said in a recent interview, “and I get all flushed.” Waszut-Barrett, a specialist in period theatrical painting who runs the company Historic Stage Services, was visiting various venues on a drive from her home near Minneapolis to Santa Fe, New Mexico. She made a stop here in Leadville, Colorado, about 100 miles west of Denver, to check out the Tabor, which opened in 1879 and has since been designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Waszut-Barrett had heard rumors about old scenery being stored on the top floor of the Italianate theater and asked if she could poke around. “Basically, I got, ‘Sure, but you’re by yourself,’” she said. “So I went up there, and it was unreal.” What she found may not have looked like muc
One summer day three years ago, Wendy Waszut-Barrett stumbled onto quite the discovery at the Tabor Opera House, high in the Colorado Rockies. “I still get excited about it now,” she said in a recent interview, “and I get all flushed.” Waszut-Barrett, a specialist in period theatrical painting who runs the company Historic Stage Services, was visiting various venues on a drive from her home near Minneapolis to Santa Fe, New Mexico. She made a stop here in Leadville, Colorado, about 100 miles west of Denver, to check out the Tabor, which opened in 1879 and has since been designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Waszut-Barrett had heard rumors about old scenery being stored on the top floor of the Italianate theater and asked if she could poke around. “Basically, I got, ‘Sure, but you’re by yourself,’” she said. “So I went up there, and it was unreal.” What she found may not have looked like muc