Tobias Picker


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Conducted by William Lumpkin
Stage Direction by Jim Petosa


Sung in English with English supertitles


Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

An opera in two acts based on the novel by Judith Rossner and with a libretto by J.D. McClatchy, Emmeline is an American retelling of the Oedipus myth from the mother’s viewpoint. The opera begins in 1841, when 13-year-old Emmeline is sent to work in a Massachusetts mill to earn money. Seduced by the factory supervisor, she gives birth to a child, who is then swiftly given away. Twenty years later, Emmeline marries a young man only to discover too late that he is in fact her son, becoming irrevocably ostracized by society.

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