The Ballad of Baby Doe

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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.

 Photos courtesy of Opera Fort Collins

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  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Brief History
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  • Music by Douglas Moore
    Libretto by John Latouche

  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin I (min. 2 stands)
    1 Violin II (min. 1 stand)
    1 Viola (min. 1 stand)
    1 Cello (min. 1 stand)
    1 Bass

    2 Flute I & II (Flute II doubles Piccolo)
    1 Oboe
    2 Clarinet I & II
    1 Bassoon

    2 Horn I & II
    2 Trumpet I & II
    2 Trombone I & II
    1 Tuba

    2 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 pedal drums)
    Bells (Glockenspiel)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Triangle
    Wood Blocks
    Sandpaper
    Tambourine
    Ratchet
    Tam-tam
    Suspended Cymbal
    Piatti

    1 Harp
    1 Piano

    1 Full Score (Partitur) in 5 volumes.

    NOTE: String parts are supplied in the standard, minimum-requirement count. Please contact Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., for your specific string section needs.

  • 1       Vocal Score
    20     Vocal Scores for Principal Characters
    25     Vocal Scores for Chorus

  • The opera THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE had its premiere at the Central City Opera in Colorado in 1956 with Dolores Wilson in the title role. The opera’s New York premiere, directed by Vladimir Rosing, was presented at the New York City Opera in 1958 starring Beverly Sills as Baby Doe Tabor.

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