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Tobias Picker

Emmeline

piano vocal score (pre-publication proof of corrected edition 2017)

opera in two acts (1996)
Text informationLibretto by J.D. McClatchy
based on the novel by Judith Rossner
Duration120'
CommissionCommissioned by The Santa Fe Opera through the generosity of a friend
Dedicated to Emily Coates Sundt
PremiereJuly 27, 1996; Santa Fe, NM; The Santa Fe Opera
Conductor: George Manahan · Choir director: Gary Wedow · Staging: Francesca Zambello · Costumes: Dunya Ramicova · Stage design: Robert Israel
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisBased 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 writing in The Wall Street Journal called 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."
RolesEmmeline 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
Instrumentation2 Flutes (2nd doubles piccolo)
2 Oboes
English horn
2 clarinets
Bass clarinet

2 bassoons
4 Horns
2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
Bass trombone

Timpani (2 players preferred)
Harp
Piano
Harmonica (or synth with harmonica sample)

Strings (10.8.6.6.3 minimum)
On-stage violin (in costume)
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