An opera by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson
Louisa Proske, director
Daniela Candillari, conductor
Felicia Moore as Susan B. Anthony
Marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, The Mother of Us All (1947) is a historic collaboration between The Met, the New York Philharmonic, and The Juilliard School. Hailed as "the best of all American operas" by revered critic Andrew Porter, the fully staged production will be performed in The Met's magnificent American Wing sculpture gallery, the Charles Engelhard Court.
Composed by Virgil Thomson with libretto by Gertrude Stein, The Mother of Us All embodies a range of contradictions that, since the opera's premiere at Columbia University in 1947, have only become deeper with time. The gaining of women's suffrage was a great victory, but it was also a gateway to broader struggles over civil rights for women, African-Americans, and other racial and sexual minorities.