April 1, 1997
The Mill Girl
Composer:Judith Lane
Librettist:Judith Lane
Synopsis
The story of a young girl who works 14 hours a day in the cotton mills of Lowell, MA in the 1840s. She struggles to learn to read and write, and ultimately leads a strike at the mill for the 10-hour work day. The opera deals with themes of literacy and the historical beginnings of the labor reform movement.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:15

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Completely sung-through; melodic; memorable; harmonically interesting

Vocal & Musical Forces
Flexible cast of 20-50, mostly female, age 8 to adult (young performers); Orchestration: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion, piano, synthesizer. Can alternatively be performed with piano alone.


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