Monday, May 11, 2020

Mother Plots


  • Handel Giulio Cesare  Cornelia is the step-mother of Sesto who has just lost his father Pompey.
  • Handel Agrippina   Agrippina is the mother of Nero
  • Mozart Die Zauberflöte  The Queen of the Night is the mother of Pamina.
  • Verdi Il trovatore  Azucena is the mother of Manrico (or not).  She also has mother issues of her own.  Her mother haunts the story.
  • Smetana The Bartered Bride Both of the main characters have mothers in the cast.
  • Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Turiddu's mother is prominent.
  • Strauss Elektra  Elektra's mother Klytemnestra has killed her father. 
  • Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel The mother sends the children out alone into the woods. 
  • Janáček Jenůfa Jenůfa's step-mother kills Jenůfa's child.
  • Strauss Salome Salome's mother starts this whole mess.
  • Puccini Madama Butterfly  The main character becomes a mother during the opera.
  • Wagner The Ring This features Erda, mother of the Earth.  Her children include the Valkyries and the Norms.
  • Massenet Werther.  Charlotte's dead mother haunts the story and persuades Charlotte to marry Albert.

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