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Emmeline

Emmeline

(Chamber version)

An opera in two acts

based on the novel by Judith Rossner

Libretto by J. D. McClatchy

Chamber version arranged by Samuel Bill (2009)


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
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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
Performance duration: 120'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 10. September 2009 New York, NY, Dicapo Opera Theatre (USA) · Dirigent: Samuel Bill · Inszenierung: Robert Alfoldi · Kostüme: Sándoe Daróczi · Bühnenbild: John Farrell (szenische Aufführung)
Year of composition: 1995, rev. 2009
instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1(bcl).1-2.1.1.0-timp-hp.pno-str(4.3.2.2.1 minimum)
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: William Lumpkin
2017-02-26 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Boston University Theater, Mainstage
Conductor: William Lumpkin
2017-02-25 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Boston University Theater, Mainstage
Conductor: William Lumpkin
2017-02-24 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Boston University Theater, Mainstage
Conductor: William Lumpkin
2017-02-23 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Boston University Theater, Mainstage | First Night
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-12 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-11 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-09 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-06 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-04 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-05-29 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-05-28 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater | First Night
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-11-16 | Szeged (Hungary), Szeged National Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-11-15 | Szeged (Hungary), Szeged National Theatre | national Premiere
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-09-13 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-09-12 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-09-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-09-10 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre | 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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Performance duration: 120'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 10. September 2009 New York, NY, Dicapo Opera Theatre (USA) · Dirigent: Samuel Bill · Inszenierung: Robert Alfoldi · Kostüme: Sándoe Daróczi · Bühnenbild: John Farrell (szenische Aufführung)
Year of composition: 1995, rev. 2009
instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1(bcl).1-2.1.1.0-timp-hp.pno-str(4.3.2.2.1 minimum)
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: William Lumpkin
2017-02-26 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Boston University Theater, Mainstage
Conductor: William Lumpkin
2017-02-25 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Boston University Theater, Mainstage
Conductor: William Lumpkin
2017-02-24 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Boston University Theater, Mainstage
Conductor: William Lumpkin
2017-02-23 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Boston University Theater, Mainstage | First Night
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-12 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-11 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-09 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-06 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-06-04 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-05-29 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater
Conductor: Nina Shuman
2010-05-28 | Petaluma, CA (United States of America), Cinnibar Theater | First Night
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-11-16 | Szeged (Hungary), Szeged National Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-11-15 | Szeged (Hungary), Szeged National Theatre | national Premiere
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-09-13 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-09-12 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-09-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre
Conductor: Samuel Bill
2009-09-10 | New York, NY (United States of America), Dicapo Opera Theatre | World Premiere