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date: 15 July 2020

Emmelinelocked

  • Laura Macy

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Opera in two acts by Tobias Picker to a libretto by J.D. McClatchy, based on the novel by Judith Rossner; Santa Fe Opera, 27 July 1996.

The première was conducted by George Manahan, with Patricia Racette as Emmeline, Anne-Marie Owens as Aunt Hannah, Kevin Langan as Henry Mosher, Wright Moore as Hooker, Melanie Sarakatsannis as Sophie and Curt Peterson as Matthew Gurney.

Although the libretto is adapted from Judith Rossner’s novel, Picker first encountered the story in 1990 in a documentary on the Public Broadcasting Corporation’s series An American Experience. The entire work was composed over a period of five months in 1994.

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