Basic Details

Title
The Mother of Us All
Availability
Available
Category
Opera
Instrumentation
Cast: 2S, A, 2T, Bar, B; 25 Singers; 6 silent actors; 1.1.2.1-2.2.1.0-2 perc-harp.cel.pft-str
Duration
103'
Publisher
G. Schirmer Inc.
First Publisher
Music Press
Commission
Commissioned by the Alice M. Ditson Fund
Premiere
  • World: Brander Matthews Hall, Columbia University, New York City, NY, May 7th, 1947 (Columbia Theatre Associates Orchestra; Otto Luening, conductor)
Versions
Suite from "The Mother of Us All" (W35)

Cataloging Information

Copyright
©1947 G. Schirmer
Year Composed
1947
Year Published
1947
M.S. Location
The Virgil Thomson Papers at Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale University
Cardell Number
Op3[A-C]
Meckna Number
W3

Additional Info

Notes

Opera in two acts

Libretto by Gertrude Stein

Scenario by Maurice Grosser

Texts
Libretto: (English) Gertrude Stein. Scenario by Maurice Grosser.
External Links
Sales Link (at publisher)
Vocal Score (Hal Leonard)
Vocal Score (Music Room)
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Attachments

Original Cast and Role Information

Original Cast and Role Information

RolePremiere CastFach
Susan B. AnthonyDorothy DowMezzo-soprano or Dramatic Soprano
AnneBelva KiblerContralto
Gertrude SteinHazel GravellSoprano
Virgil ThomsonRobert GrootersBaritone
Daniel WebsterBertram RoweBass
Andrew JohnsonTenor
Thaddeus StevensAlfred KunzTenor
Jo the LoitererWilliam HorneTenor
Chris the CitizenCarlton SundayBaritone
Indiana ElliotRuth KrugContralto
Angel MoreCarolyn BlakesleeSoprano
Henrietta M.Teresa Stich-RandallSoprano
Henry B.Jacques La RochelleBass-baritone
Anthony ComstockJames ChartrandBass
John AdamsRobert SprecherTenor
Constance FletcherAlice HowlandMezzo-soprano
Gloster HerningMichael TherryBaritone
Isabel WentworthJean HandzlikMezzo-Soprano
Anna HopeCarlton SundayContralto
Lillian RussellNancy ReidSoprano
Jenny ReeferDianna HermanMezzo-soprano
Ulsses S. GrantEverett AndersonBass-Baritone
Herman AtlanHigh Baritone
Donald GallupBaritone
A.A. and T.T., page boys or postillons
Negro Man and Negro Woman
Indiana Elliot's BrotherBass-Baritone