Welcher, Dan THE YELLOW WALLPAPER Opera in One Act ___________________________________ Based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Instrumentation:
Mezzo Sop., Sop. (offstage); 1(d.Picc.) 1(d.E.H.) 1 1 – 1 1 0 0; 1Perc. Pno./Syn. Hp. Str.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s semi-autobiographical story shows how she was driven to the verge of insanity by the disastrous effects of late 19th-century treatment of what we now call post-partum depression. Her story helped change attitudes towards and treatment of women’s complaints, which had until then been considered as mainly imaginary and “hysterical”.
Opera in One Act