WORLD PREMIERE of opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage by Persis Parshall Vehar, with libretto by Gabrielle Vehar, fully staged with orchestra, Heather Buchman, conductor. Cast includes: Danan Tsan, Laura Enslin, Julia Ebner, Jonathan Howell, Steve Stull, Gregory Sheppard.
Matilda Joslyn Gage was a visionary of women’s rights and human liberation, who -- with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony -- wrote the arguments for, inspired the passions, and organized the political action of the 19th century women’s suffrage movement in the United States. This opera tells the story of a woman of courage and integrity publicly defying 19th century laws that forced complicity with slavery and denied women their autonomy and liberty – including the right to vote. This is also the story of a remarkable corner of the world, now known as Central New York that became a fount of free thought and radical activism for social justice.