Wednesday, 26 October 2016


150 years before Hillary, there was Victoria...

Love new opera but can't get to New York's National Opera Center this Friday? No problem: Mrs President will be live-streamed and you can find out all about Victoria Woodhull, who made a bid for the presidency in 1872, decades before women were given the vote.

Woodhull not only ran for president (choosing the African-American Frederick Douglass as her running-mate) at a time when Trump's attitude towards women was the norm, she was also a Spiritualist, a Wall Street banker, the founder of a women's journal, and a proud 'free lover'. Mrs President traces her beginnings as a child psychic on the carnival circuit to national notoriety, her sex-scandal involving preacher and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, and her legacy.

Read more about the opera.

Composer: Victoria BondLibrettist: Hilary Bell

Upcoming performance: Friday October 28, 8 pm

National Opera Center
330 7th Avenue, New York City


It is unprecedented: A woman running for President of the United States. Her detractors call her "Mrs. Satan", and claim she belongs in jail. It is 1872, and Victoria Woodhull is the first woman to make a bid for the White House. Her story is the inspiration for Victoria Bond's opera, Mrs President.


The cast features the soprano Valerie Bernhardt as Victoria Woodhull and the tenor Scott Ramsay as Henry Ward Beecher, the high-powered preacher who is determined to destroy Woodhull. The cast also includes Katrina Thurman, Joy Hermalyn, Robert Osborne and Scott Joiner, with Naomi Lewin as narrator, pianist Daniela Candillari. Victoria Bond conducts. Tickets are $20 at the door.

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