April 4, 2014
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
Composer:Persis Parshall Vehar
Librettist:Gabrielle Vehar
Synopsis
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!

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
90 minutes

Number of Acts
2 Acts

Musical Style
Melodic, diatonic with chromatic alterations, arias, ensembles & recitatives.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Cast of eight singers accompanied by 15 instrument chamber ensemble


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