May 7, 1947
The Mother of Us All
Composer:Virgil Thomson
Librettist:Gertrude Stein
Set in the United States of America in the 19th century without too much restriction as to decade (ca. 1870).

Epilogue: some years later in the Halls of Congress, Washington, DC. Story of Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), who pioneered political rights for American women. The opera is in pageant form. Some of the characters are historical, others imaginary. All are shown, through poetic license, as associated or acquainted with the heroine, whether or not they existed in the same period. The opera traces Anthony's career from her initial struggles to her final victory; Other historical characters that appear include: U.S. Grant, Daniel Webster, and Andrew Jackson (also two characters identified as Virgil T. and Gertrude S.)

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San Francisco OperaThe Mother of Us All9/9/2003 - 9/26/2003
New York City OperaThe Mother of Us All3/3/2000 - 3/28/2000
Juilliard SchoolThe Mother of Us All2/2/1999 - 2/26/1999
Glimmerglass FestivalThe Mother of Us All7/7/1998 - 8/23/1998
Music-Theatre GroupThe Mother of Us All3/1/1994 - 3/1/1994
Music-Theatre GroupThe Mother of Us All8/1/1992 - 8/15/1992

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Musical Style
A quilt of American folk tunes, gospel hymns, marches, and sentimental ballads. The piece is tonal, triadic, and tuneful.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Dramatic Soprano, Countertenor, 2 Basses, 3 Mezzo-Sopranos, Lyric Tenor, 3 Tenors, 2 Baritones, Lyric Soprano, 3 Bass-Baritones, Alto, High Baritone, Soprano; Chorus

Original Cast
Dorothy Dow, Bertram Rowe

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