The Yellow Wallpaper

Opera in One Act after “The Yellow Wall-Paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Duration: 75′
Voices: 2Mezzo-sop. (1 offstage)
Orchestration: 1(dbl. Picc.) 1(dbl. E.H.) 1 1 – 1 1 0 0; Perc. Pno./Synth. Hp. Str.
Premiere: December 5, 2018. University of Texas New Music Ensemble, Ellie Jarrett Shattles and Page Stephens, mezzo-sopranos; Bates Recital Hall, Austin, TX.

About the Opera:
In this world premiere performance of Welcher’s one-act opera based on the famous novella by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a woman has been locked away by her husband in a rented farmhouse after the birth of their child because of her “hysterical tendencies”. The child has been removed, and the woman (unnamed) is forbidden to read, write, or see people for three months. This was known as the “rest cure” for post-partum depression, and was the predominant course of treatment in the late 19th century when this book was written.