Preview by Anchorage Daily News

Opera eyes turn to Anchorage for premiere of ‘Mrs. President’ Victoria Woodhull, the subject of “Mrs. President,” looms large in American history. The Wall Street tycoon and progressive publisher was the first woman to run for president of the United States – well before the Constitution allowed women to vote. Read more [full article]

Review by Anchorage Daily News

Opera about first woman to run for president debuts in Anchorage The music, while modern, is not at all abrasive and, in fact, finds room for agreeable melodic gestures. The plot, drawn from a fascinating episode of American history, raises socio-political issues that remain resonant. The principal singers are all superb. Read more [full article]

Different Players, but the Same Election Year Drama

Obscure historical characters often yield good opera subjects, and in that regard the composer and conductor Victoria Bond has struck gold in the story of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for the American presidency, in 1872. Her opera about Woodhull, “Mrs. President,” in the works for more than a decade, will have its first performance with full orchestra and chorus (but in a concert reading) in October at the Anchorage Opera. Ms. Bond presented a preview, with piano accompaniment and without dramatically important choral passages, at Symphony Space on Monday evening.
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Mrs. President Goes To New York (A Review of The Preview)

Mrs. President, the fully-staged opera, is bound to be an American opera classic.
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On The New York Preview of Mrs. President

Composer-conductor Victoria Bond had some time to talk to me via Skype about, among other great things in her music history as both a composer and performer…
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Anchorage Opera performs world premiere of Mrs. President, the opera, in October 2012

In 19th century America, women didn’t have the right to vote, much less run for president. But in 1872, Victoria Woodhull did just that, and, much more recently, has inspired an opera based on her life. [download pdf]

Victoria Bond talks about Victoria Woodhull
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