The Ballad of Baby Doe

The Ballad of Baby Doe

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The Ballad of Baby Doe

The Ballad of Baby Doe

Overview

The Ballad of Baby Doe is one of the most treasured American operas. Its plot is based on the lives of actual historical figures from Colorado, Horace Tabor and his wife, Elizabeth (“Baby”) Doe Tabor. Memorable arias include the title heroine’s arias "Willow Song" and "Letter Aria," as well as Horace Tabor’s "Warm as the Autumn Light."

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Details

  • Genre: Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI, 19th Century
  • Cast Attributes: Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

Douglas Moore

DOUGLAS MOORE was an American composer best known for his folk operas dealing with American themes, the most well-known being The Ballad of Baby Doe (1956). He studied composition with Horatio Parker at Yale and with Vincent d’Indy and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. From 1926 to ...

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John Latouche

John Treville Latouche (1914-1956) grew up in poverty in Richmond, VA and moved to New York City in 1932. He attended, on scholarship, first the Riverdale Country School and then Columbia University, where he wrote the book, lyrics and some of the music for the Varsity Show o ...

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