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Emmeline
PREMIERE7/27/1996
COMPOSERTobias Picker   
LIBRETTISTJ.D. McClatchy   
 
Synopsis
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.'
MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
RANKTITLEPRODUCTIONS
398Emmeline2
398A Florentine Tragedy2
398A Month in the Country2
398A Water Bird Talk2
398Acquanetta2
398Alceste2
This work ranks as the #163 most produced North American title since 2000.
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