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Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All, opera / Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater

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>Thomson, Virgil : The Mother of Us All, opera
>Thomson, Virgil : The Mother of Us All, suite from the opera for orchestra

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>Thomson, Virgil : The Mother of Us All, opera
>Thomson, Virgil : The Mother of Us All, suite from the opera for orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Long overdue, this recording of Virgil Thomson's 1947 opera with libretto by Gertrude Stein by the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, makes a major American opera available. The opera, commissioned by the Alice A. Ditson Fund, tells the story of Susan B. Anthony, but Stein's approach mixes real and fictional characters from different historical periods. Premiered at Columbia University, the opera impressed the distinguished audience and press, but neither of New York's major opera companies took on the work. Thomson's music, a continuation of his style of making text come alive through natural inflections and sparing instrumental supports, is suggestive of its American theme with fanfares, political songs, Salvation Army-style marches and parlor songs.

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This performance was recorded live in 2013. Steven Osgood conducts with the flair that one would hope for, in a work like this. I find him more refreshing than the previous recording conducted by Raymond Leppard... Overall, I find this production to be an excellent interpretation of what is an amazing work. The recording, which is on the Albany label, is alive in sound and spacious to the ear.... read more ...

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Recording information: Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater (2013).



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>Thomson, Virgil : The Mother of Us All, opera
  • Performers: Carlton Moe (Voice); Eliott Paige (Voice); Chanae Curtis (Voice); Margaret Newcomb (Voice); Rachael Braunstein (Voice); Sol Jin (Voice); Kim Johansen (Voice); Juan Melo (Voice); Kendra Broom (Voice); Kasia Borowiec (Voice); Megan Samarin (Voice); Megan Gillis (Voice); Paul-Anthony Keightley (Voice); Cameron Johnson (Voice); James Ludlum (Voice); Nick Miller (Voice); Addison Hamilton (Voice); Nicholas Meyer (Voice); Jonathon Thierer (Voice); Alexander Frankel (Voice); Chad Sonka (Voice); Scott Russell (Voice); Gina Perregrino (Voice); Thomas Mulder (Voice); Amelia Berry (Voice); John Callison (Voice); Nicholas Smith (Voice); Kathleen Spencer (Voice); Noragh Devlin (Voice)
  • Conductor: Steven Osgood
  • Ensemble: Manhattan School of Music Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1947

>Thomson, Virgil : The Mother of Us All, suite from the opera for orchestra
  • Conductor: Steven Osgood
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949