The Mother of Us All performances in New York City


The Mother of Us All

February 8, 11, 12 and 14, 7 p.m., The Charles Engelhard Court, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

An opera by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson

Louisa Proske, director

Daniela Candillari, conductor

Soprano Felicia Moore as Susan B. Anthony

 

Marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, The Mother of Us All (1947) is a historic collaboration between The Met, the New York Philharmonic, and The Juilliard School. Hailed as "the best of all American operas" by revered critic Andrew Porter, the fully staged production will be performed in The Met's magnificent American Wing sculpture gallery, the Charles Engelhard Court.

 Composed by Virgil Thomson with libretto by Gertrude Stein, The Mother of Us All embodies a range of contradictions that, since the opera's premiere at Columbia University in 1947, have only become deeper with time. The gaining of women's suffrage was a great victory, but it was also a gateway to broader struggles over civil rights for women, African-Americans, and other racial and sexual minorities.

 Tickets start at $105.

 Presented as part of Project 19, the New York Philharmonic's multi-season initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

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