Emmeline returns to the New York stage at Dicapo Opera Theatre for four performances September 10 through September 13. The Dicapo run marks the world premiere of Tobias Picker's landmark American opera in its new chamber orchestration. With a libretto by J.D. McClatchy based on the novel by Judith Rossner, Emmeline relates the true story of a woman ostracized by those in her hometown of Fayette, Maine after a shocking, long held secret becomes public. The opera, Picker's first, is a work that transcends melodrama to lay bare the raw beauty of love. Emmeline premiered at the Santa Fe Opera in 1996 to international critical acclaim.
"The New York City Opera should put Emmeline in its permanent repertory. It is a model of its kind."
– Bernard Holland, The New York Times
"The Santa Fe Opera struck gold with the world premiere of Emmeline."
– Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal
"The unquestionable hit of the festival, however, was Picker's Emmeline. Picker's music...is accessible, exquisitely crafted, and it always serves the drama as both accompaniment and commentary... A hugely enjoyable occasion that I would gladly relive."
– Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times (London)
"Emmeline is fine theatre carried along by imaginative melodic music."
– Leo Wieland, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Emmeline will enter the world repertoire."
– Hella Boschmann, Die Welt
Conducted by Samuel Bill and directed by Robert Alföldi, Artistic Director of Hungary's National Theatre, and featuring soprano Kristin Sampson in the title role, Dicapo's production of Emmeline travels to Szezged, Hungary for its European premiere on November 15 and 16 where it will be telecast to over 40 countries by Mezzo TV.
For more on the music of Tobias Picker, visit www.tobiaspicker.com and www.schott-music.com.
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an opera in two acts
libretto (En) by J.D. McClatchy
for 4 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, dramatic contralto, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, 2 bass and women's chorus