Thursday, January 23, 2014
The story of Anne's 1637 banishment from Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony is intensely dramatic and a well-known fixture of local history to this day (her statue on Beacon Hill on the State House grounds specifically calls out her importance as a leader in advocating for religious freedom. Her biographers also hail her a s the first feminist in the English American colonies and the unorthodox nature of her marriage -- she and her husband worked out an equal, cooperative arrangement that flew in the face of the dominant husband, purely domestic wife model that was universal at the time -- has been called the model for marriage in the U.S. in the post-Puritan era.
Anne Hutchinson is the second opera for which Fritz and I have suggested the subject and written the text. The first, which premiered in May of 2011, was on Isabella Stewart Gardner, the Boston social rebel and arts patron, and gay-friendly supporter of quite a few painters and composers. A totally free spirit, she flew in the face of old Boston Society. In her later years she fulfilled a long-held dream of her's and her late husband's to build a museum for the massive and very important art collection they had amassed over the years.
With operas based on these two important female leaders to our credit, We seem to be in the midst of our "uppity women of Boston cycle. We'll see whether or not there will be any interest in our adding a third work in the future.
Delighted to see it, Will, and best wishes for a successful opening on Saturday.
(offered with tongue in cheek!)
I hope to get a DVD of this, for I would be blithe to see it.