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Tobias Picker

Emmeline

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opera in two acts (1995)
Text informationbased on the novel by Judith Rossner
libretto by J. D. McClatchy
Duration120'
CommissionCommissioned by the Santa Fe Opera through the generosity of a friend
PremiereJuly 27, 1996; Santa Fe, NM; The Santa Fe Opera
Conductor: George Manahan · Choir director: Gary Wedow · Staging: Francesca Zambello · Costumes: Dunya Ramicova · Stage design: Robert Israel
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisBased on the novel by Judith Rossner, Emmeline is an American retelling of the Oedipus myth from the mother’s viewpoint. The opera begins in 1841, when 13-year-old Emmeline is sent to work in a Massachusetts mill to earn money. Seduced by the factory supervisor, she gives birth to a child, who is then swiftly given away. Twenty years later, Emmeline marries a young man only to discover too late that he is in fact her son. She becomes irrevocably ostracized by society. Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal calls it 'a measure by which I assess the theatrical impact of other new operas. With its poetic, streamlined libretto and Mr. Picker’s vivid score, this two-hour opera is continuously gripping, without a wasted note.'
RolesEmmeline Mosher · soprano - Sophie · soprano - Harriet Mosher · soprano - Ella Burling · soprano - Mrs Bass · mezzo-soprano - Aunt Hannah Watkins · mezzo-soprano - Matthew Gurney · tenor - Mr Maguire · baritone - Hooker · tenor - Simon Fenton · baritone - Henry Mosher · bass - Pastor Avery · bass - women's chorus - Sarah Mosher, Uncle Abner Watkins, Mr Summers, Mrs Maguire, Townspeople · non singing / non speaking roles - (nine) children ranging in age from two to twelve years
Instrumentation2(2.pic).2.ca.2.bcl.2-4.2.2.btbn.0-timp(2 players preferred)-hp.pno.harmonica(or synth with harmonica sample)-str(10.8.6.6.3 minimum)-on-stage violin (in costume)
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