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

Album Summary

>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.

Expedition Audio Recommended
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: Nick Miller (Voice); Kim Johansen (Voice); Kendra Broom (Voice); Megan Gillis (Voice); Megan Samarin (Voice); Nicholas Meyer (Voice); Margaret Newcomb (Voice); Carlton Moe (Voice); James Ludlum (Voice); Nicholas Smith (Voice); Sol Jin (Voice); Jonathon Thierer (Voice); Juan Melo (Voice); Kasia Borowiec (Voice); Paul-Anthony Keightley (Voice); Rachael Braunstein (Voice); Thomas Mulder (Voice); Chanae Curtis (Voice); Chad Sonka (Voice); Eliott Paige (Voice); Addison Hamilton (Voice); Gina Perregrino (Voice); Alexander Frankel (Voice); Scott Russell (Voice); Cameron Johnson (Voice); John Callison (Voice); Amelia Berry (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