The Yellow Wallpaper
Composer: Ronald Perera
Librettist: Constance Congdon
Other Artistic Personnel: Mark Harrison (original conception and stage direction)
Dennis Burkh (conductor)
Suzanne Dougan (set designer)
Kiki Smith (costume designer)
Mary Tarantino (lighting designer)
Original Cast: Nell Bryden (Nell)
Emily Cooney (Emily)
Jan Opalach (Ed)
Brad Aspel (Len)
Jon Humphrey (Realtor)
David Ripley (John)
Karen Smith Emerson (Jennie)
Jane Bryden (Charlotte)
William Van Voris (Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell)
Lee Anne Hutchison (Woman in the Wall)
Pamela Gore (Mary)
Premiere Date: May 17, 1989
Producing Company: Smith College
Description: Set in a New England summer house in 1899, the opera describes the fate of Charlotte, a young wife and mother suffering from postpartum depression whose treatment—strict bed rest and a total absence of mental stimulation—leads to her emotional and intellectual decline.
Character List (Major): Nell (s)
Emily (s)
Ed (b)
Len (t)
Realtor (t)
John (bar)
Jennie (s)
Charlotte (s)
Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell (speaking part)
Woman in the Wall (s)
Mary (contralto)
Reviews: Probing A Woman's Madness - The New York Times 12/11/1992
Length: 01:45
Total Acts: Not Available
Musical Style: Contemporary tonal with folk inflections
Contact: Music Associates of New York or Ronald Perera, composer
Address: 224 King St.
Englewood, NJ 07631
E-mail Address: rperera@comcast.net
Phone: 201-569-2898
Composer Web Site: http://www.ronaldperera.com
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