July 7, 1956 | Central City Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe
Composer:Douglas Moore
Librettist:John Latouche

This classic American opera had its world premiere at Central City Opera in 1956. The true riches-to-rags adventure of Elizabeth (Baby) Doe and Horace Tabor takes place during the pinnacle of Colorado’s mining history. An intriguing epic of love and loss, boom and bust, the story is set to beautiful music by composer Douglas Moore.

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Toledo OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe4/12/2019 - 4/14/2019
Opera in the OzarksThe Ballad of Baby Doe6/26/2018 - 6/26/2018
Central City OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe7/9/2016 - 8/6/2016
Chautauqua OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe7/7/2014 - 7/28/2014
Opera IdahoThe Ballad of Baby Doe4/4/2012 - 4/15/2012
Chelsea OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe5/5/2008 - 5/18/2008
Central City OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe6/6/2006 - 8/8/2006
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe5/5/2001 - 5/13/2001
New York City OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe4/4/2001 - 4/28/2001
Indianapolis OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe11/11/2000 - 11/18/2000
San Francisco OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe9/9/2000 - 10/13/2000
New Orleans Opera AssociationThe Ballad of Baby Doe11/11/1999 - 11/19/1999
Boston Lyric OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe1/1/1998 - 1/25/1998
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityThe Ballad of Baby Doe11/3/1997 - 11/11/1997
Connecticut OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe3/3/1997 - 3/8/1997
Austin OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe1/1/1997 - 1/13/1997
Amarillo OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe9/9/1996 - 9/24/1996
Chautauqua OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe7/7/1996 - 7/22/1996
Central City OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe6/29/1996 - 7/30/1996
University of Wisconsin-MadisonThe Ballad of Baby Doe4/4/1996 - 4/27/1996
Des Moines Metro OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe6/24/1995 - 7/16/1995
Chicago Opera TheaterThe Ballad of Baby Doe5/1/1994 - 5/29/1994
Indianapolis OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe4/1/1994 - 4/17/1994
The Cleveland OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe4/1/1992 - 4/5/1992
Seattle OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe1/1/1992 - 1/29/1992

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Vocal & Musical Forces
7 principals: mezzo, baritone, 3 sopranos, contralto, bass-baritone

Original Cast
Walter Cassel (later Clifford Harvua) as Tabor
Martha Lipton (later Frances Bible) as Augusta
Dolores Wilson (later Lenya Gabriele) as Baby Doe
Beatrice Krebs as Mama McCourt
Lawrence Davidson (later Norman Treigle) as William Jennings Bryan

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