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The Ballad of Baby Doe
Composer:Douglas Moore
Librettist:John Latouche
Synopsis

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.


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
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
Central City OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe6/6/2006 - 6/30/2006
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe5/5/2001 - 5/13/2001
Indianapolis OperaThe Ballad of Baby Doe11/11/2000 - 11/18/2000


Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:10

Number of Acts
2

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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