Eleanor Roosevelt
Composer: Persis Parshall Vehar
Librettist: Gabrielle S. Vehar
Premiere Date: Not available.
Producing Company: Workshopped by Opera Saratoga; Premiered by Syracuse Society for New Music
Description: The opera tells the fascinating & strangely parallel story of a world almost a century away that looks uncannily like our own in the 21st century. As seen through ELeanor's eyes, we find a USA struggling to promote peace, equality, dignity, & respect for all. Eleanor was a role model who rose out of an old world passing away--her husband's life; her own humiliation at his hands; her ignorance of war's reality; lack of code for humane treatment of veterans; an end to bigotry & religious bias; and a USA that needed a new image--to a new world coming. In an operatic world where women characters are typically relegated to roles as "angels" or "whores"--here is a refresshing new role for a woman: intelligent, betrayed, unsupported,& alone, but accomplished. A women who rose to become a world leader & model for all following her today, as she now lives on in her own writings, biographies, dramas & now--an opera!
Character List (Major): ELEANOR ROOSEVELT--soprano, FDR-baritone, MAMA--mezzo soprano, TEDDY ROOSEVELT--bass, FRENCH WOMEN/NURSES--SSA Trio
Reviews: Publications: Syracuse Post Standard & ARTVOICE (Buffalo, NY). YOUTUBE--interview with stage direction Gerard Moses. Society for New Music website
Length: 90 minutes
Total Acts: 2 Acts
Musical Style: Melodic, diatonic with chromatic alterations, arias, ensembles & recitatives.
Contact: Persis Parshall Vehar
E-mail Address: PPVehar@aol.com
Phone: 609-257-1539
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