The Ballad of Baby Doe
Composer: Douglas Moore
Librettist: John Latouche
Other Artistic Personnel: Emerson Buckley (Conductor)
Donald Oenslager (Production Designer)
Hanya Holm and Edward Levy (Stage Directors)
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
Premiere Date: July 07, 1956
Producing Company: Central City Opera
Description:

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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Character List (Major): Horace Tabor (bar)
Augusta Tabor (mz)
Mrs. Elizabeth (Baby) Doe (s)
Mama McCourt, Baby Doe's mother (con)
William Jennings Bryan (bb)
Bit Parts: Chester A. Arthur (t)
Father Chapelle (t)
Old Silver Miner (t)
Clerk at the Clarendon Hotel (t)
Mayor of Leadville (t)
Stage Doorman at Tabor Grand (t)
Bouncer (bar)
Albert, a bellboy (bar)
A Footman (bar)
A Denver Politician (bar)
Sarah, Mary, Emily, Effie (2s, 2mz)
Sam, Bushy, Barney, Jacob (2t, 2bar)
Four Washington Dandies (2t, 2bar)
Kate, dance hall entertainer (s)
Elizabeth, age 12 (s)
Silver Dollar, age 7 (treble)
Meg, dance hall entertainer (mz)
Silver Dollar (grown up) (mz)
Samantha, a maid (mz)
Saloon Girls
Baby Doe's Family (Mr. McCourt, his son, daughter & spouses)
2 Newboys (t)
Length: 02:10
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: minimum 24 (includes bit parts)
Contact: Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
Phone: 212-688-2525
Publisher Web Site: http://www.newportclassic.com
Audio Visual Materials
Video:
Central City Opera


Schedule of Performances Listings
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, July 25, 2014 - Chautauqua Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, April 13, 2012 - Opera Idaho
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Thursday, May 15, 2008 - Chelsea Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Sunday, July 2, 2006 - Central City Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Saturday, June 24, 2006 - Central City Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Saturday, May 5, 2001 - Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Sunday, April 8, 2001 - New York City Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, November 17, 2000 - Indianapolis Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Saturday, September 23, 2000 - San Francisco Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Wednesday, November 17, 1999 - New Orleans Opera Association
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Wednesday, January 14, 1998 - Boston Lyric Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Saturday, November 1, 1997 - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, January 10, 1997 - Austin Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Saturday, September 21, 1996 - Amarillo Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, July 19, 1996 - Chautauqua Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Saturday, June 29, 1996 - Central City Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, April 19, 1996 - University of Wisconsin-Madison Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Saturday, June 24, 1995 - Des Moines Metro Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, May 20, 1994 - Chicago Opera Theater
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, April 15, 1994 - Indianapolis Opera
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Friday, April 3, 1992 - Opera Cleveland
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)
Saturday, January 18, 1992 - Seattle Opera
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