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Ballad of Baby Doe, The

Composer:
Douglas Moore
Original Language:
English
Librettist:
John Latouche

Description:
Opera in Two Acts

Notes:

Story based on true incident in Leadville, Colorado 1880s-1930s

Time:
1880-1899
Place:
Leadville & Denver, Colorado
Role Voice Part Classification
Horace Tabor, mayor of Leadville Baritone L
Augusta, his wife Mezzo Soprano L
Mrs. Elizabeth (Baby) Doe, a miner's wife Lyric Soprano L
Mama McCourt, Baby Doe's mother Contralto F
William Jennings Bryan, candidate for President Bass-Baritone F
*Chester A. Arthur, President of USA Tenor B
*Father Chapelle, priest at the wedding Tenor B
*Old Silver Miner Tenor B
*Clerk at the Clarendon Hotel Tenor B
*Mayor of Leadville Tenor CB
*Stage Doorman at Tabor Grand Tenor B
**Bouncer Baritone B
**Albert, a bellboy Baritone B
**A Footman Baritone CB
**A Denver Politician Baritone B
Sarah, Mary, Emily, Effie, (old friends of Augusta) 2 Sopranos, 2 Mezzos S
Sam, Bushy, Barney, Jacob (cronies of Tabor) 2 Tenors, 2 Baritones S
Four Washington Dandies 2 Tenors, 2 Baritones B
Kate, dance hall entertainer Soprano B
Elizabeth, age 12 Soprano B
Silver Dollar, age 7 Treble CB
**Meg, dance hall entertainer Mezzo Soprano B
**Silver Dollar (grown up) Mezzo Soprano B
**Samantha, a maid Mezzo Soprano B

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***Saloon Girls (Act I, sc. 1 & Act II, sc. 5) Baby Doe's Family (Mr. McCourt, his son, daughter & spouses) Sopranos & Mezzos CB
2 Newboys (off-stage) Act II, sc. 4 Tenors CB
 
Minimum Chorus:  24
Divisi:  SATB
Chorus Notes:  

Includes all CB roles

*According to instructions given in the score, these parts may be covered with two singers. Classification recommended would then be S for each Artist.

**According to instructions given in the score, these parts may be covered with one singer. Recommended classification would then be S for the Artist.

***If a select group.