May 17, 1989
The Yellow Wallpaper
Composer:Ronald Perera
Librettist:Constance Congdon
Synopsis
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.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:30

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Tonal; contemporary

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 2 principal roles (soprano, baritone); 5 secondary female roles (2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, alto). Orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, strings, piano; 1st Alternative Orchestration: synthesizer, piano, flute and cello; 2nd Alternative Orchestration: piano and synthesizer

Original Cast
Double-Cast:
Jennifer Holbrook (The Woman)
Bonnie Lander (The Woman)*
Paul Corujo (John, her husband)
Kevin Wetzel (John, her husband)*
Five women:
Yi-Wen Hung
Carolyn Pelley
Elizabeth Cooper
Meghan Davis
Megan Ihnen



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