Classical 91.5

"That Most American of Operas"

Nov 6, 2017

Susan B. Anthony (left) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Credit Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC USZ 62 37938)

A new staging of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera “The Mother of Us All” will celebrate female empowerment at the recently renovated Hudson Opera House (now Hudson Hall) in Hudson, N.Y.

Susan B. Anthony once lectured there in real life.  In the 1947 opera, the suffragist  meets a colorful cast of real and imaginary characters. 

New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini wrote, "Questions about gender roles, marriage rights, race relations and class consciousness — ones still being asked today — unfold in a droll yet moving pageant of public political gatherings and private discussions."

Click here to read more about the battle for women’s rights and social equality and this production honoring the centenary of female suffrage in New York.