She Told Me This...
Composer: Stewart Wallace
Composer Bio: Stewart Wallace was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Texas. The radical mix of jazz, blues, gospel, Tejano, rock and classical music there profoundly influenced him. He played in a rock and roll band and sang as a cantor in the synagogue. For his thesis at the University of Texas at Austin, he wrote his first opera, though he was studying literature and philosophy, not music; and at 28 years old, he had his first major premiere Where's Dick? at Houston Grand Opera. This was the beginning of his fruitful and ongoing collaboration with librettist Michael Korie. Like many subsequent Wallace works, Where's Dick? wrestles with the myth of America and its politics, in this case seen through a series of comic book grotesques doing vaudeville turns.

Now forty-four years old, the versatile composer has written music in every genre with performances throughout the world.

From his website,
Librettist: Amy Tan
Other Artistic Personnel: Sara Jobin (Conductor)
Original Cast: Zheng Cao (Ruth)
Premiere Date: October 16, 2010
Producing Company: Musiqa
Description: "She Told Me This... re-imagines musical ideas and themes from The Bonesetter's Daughter through one character, Ruth, the American born daughter of a Chinese mother with many secrets. These secrets have crippled Ruth and shaped her life, though she knows nothing of her mother's past. Guided by the ghost of her grandmother, known only as Precious Auntie, she uncovers these stories as her mother's memory slowly fades."
-Stewart Wallace
Character List (Major): Ruth (mz)
Length: 00:30
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: fl (pic), ob, cl(bcl), sax(ssax, tsax, barsax) - perc - pn - string quartet
Contact: Schott Music Corporation
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