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from Act I, Scene 6 of the English opera The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore
Libretto: John Latouche

Role: Elizabeth Doe (Baby Doe), the wife of a miner, Harvey Doe
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C., 1880
Synopsis: After the men at the wedding of Horace Tabor and Baby Doe argue whether the silver standard should be repealed or not, Baby Doe tells her view on the subject, saying that gold is only flashy. However, silver is the core of the dreams and hopes that hold the country together.
Range: Tessitura:
E4 - C#/Db6F#/Gb4 - F#/Gb5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Sheet Music/Scores:
Larsen, Robert. Arias for Soprano. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
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