February 19, 2010 | UCLA Department of Music
The First Lady
Composer:Kenneth Wells
Librettist:Gayle PattersonKenneth Wells
On the day of his death, Franklin D. Roosevelt was in Warm Springs with his long-term love, Lucy Rutherfurd. Eleanor Roosevelt, in DC at the time, learns of his “fainting spell” but FDR’s physician downplays its significance so Lucy can leave unnoticed. When Eleanor learns the truth from his cousins as she returns on the train with his remains—and that the affair was promoted by her daughter Anna—her grief turns to shock and betrayal. The world premiere of this two-act opera shows how these women achieve personal growth while they -- and the rest of the nation, still at war -- suffer the loss of the beloved President.

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Original Cast
Jennifer Wallace (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Rebecca Sjöwall (Anna Roosevelt Boettiger)
Hannah Waldman (Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd)
Lori Ann Fuller (Margaret “Daisy” Suckley)
Jayme Alilaw (Laura “Polly” Delano)
Allison Foster (Malvania Thompson)
Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai (Madame Elizabeth Shumatoff)
Julian Fielder (Vice Admiral Ross T. McIntire)
Cedric Berry (Chief Petty Officer Arthur Prettyman)
Scott Levin (Harry S. Truman)
Eric Carampatan (Franklin D. Roosevelt & Frank Jr.) Nova Safo (Nicholas Robbins & James Roosevelt)
Dory Schultz (William Hassett & Elliott Roosevelt)
Rickard Roudebush (Priest)
Matthew Welch (Priest)

Suzanne Anderson
Debbie Dey
Koert Halpin
Michael Davis
Javier Delgado
Vivian Delgado
Rijel Glasebrook
VanNessa Hulme
Jennifer Miller
Blake Sterling

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