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Emmeline

Emmeline

An opera in two acts

based on the novel by Judith Rossner

Libretto by J. D. McClatchy


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
description
Based 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.'

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Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera through the generosity of a friend
Performance duration: 120'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 27. Juli 1996 Santa Fe, NM, The Santa Fe Opera (USA) · Dirigent: George Manahan · Choreinstudierung: Gary Wedow · Inszenierung: Francesca Zambello · Kostüme: Dunya Ramicova · Bühnenbild: Robert Israel
Year of composition: 1995
instrumentation: 2(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)
occupation: Emmeline 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
Performances
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-27 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-25 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-21 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-19 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-17 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-13 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis | First Night
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-16 | Szeged, Hungary (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-15 | Szeged, Hungary (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre | First Night
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-13 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-12 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-10 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre | First Night
2006-08-12 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Wheeler Opera House
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra
1998-04-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra
1998-04-08 | New York, NY (United States of America), New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra
1998-04-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra
1998-03-31 | New York, NY (United States of America), New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center | First Night
Conductor: George Manahan
1996-07-27 | Santa Fe, NM (United States of America), The Santa Fe Opera | World Premiere
Based 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.'

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Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera through the generosity of a friend
Performance duration: 120'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 27. Juli 1996 Santa Fe, NM, The Santa Fe Opera (USA) · Dirigent: George Manahan · Choreinstudierung: Gary Wedow · Inszenierung: Francesca Zambello · Kostüme: Dunya Ramicova · Bühnenbild: Robert Israel
Year of composition: 1995
instrumentation: 2(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)
occupation: Emmeline 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
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-27 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-25 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-21 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-19 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-17 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
2015-06-13 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis | First Night
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-16 | Szeged, Hungary (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-15 | Szeged, Hungary (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre | First Night
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-13 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-12 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
Orchestra: Dicapo Opera Theatre
2009-11-10 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre | First Night
2006-08-12 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Wheeler Opera House
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra
1998-04-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra
1998-04-08 | New York, NY (United States of America), New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra
1998-04-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center
Conductor: George Manahan
Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra
1998-03-31 | New York, NY (United States of America), New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center | First Night
Conductor: George Manahan
1996-07-27 | Santa Fe, NM (United States of America), The Santa Fe Opera | World Premiere
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