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an opera by Virgil Thomson to a libretto by Gertrude Stein. It
chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony, one of the major figures
in the fight for women's suffrage in the United States. In fanciful
style, it brings together characters, fictional and non-fictional,
from different periods of American history. The opera premiered in
1947 at Columbia University's Branders Matthews Hall with soprano
Dorothy Dow as Susan B. Anthony. Soprano Shirlee Emmons was awarded
an Obie Award for her portrayal of Susan B. Anthony in the 1956
Off-Broadway production. The Santa Fe Opera mounted the work in
1976 and released a recording of the work the following year on the
New World Records label. Stein's text for The Mother of Us All does
not describe details of staging. Therefore, Thomson's friend
Maurice Grosser devised a scenario to facilitate staging the opera.
Though Grosser stated that other scenarios were equally possible,
his scenario is published in the printed score; this synopsis is
based on it.
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