GGO's preview party in a private home, January 2012, introducing the new work, Lincoln and Booth, Gabriel Manro, baritone as Lincoln and Jacqueline Goldgorin, soprano as Mary Todd Lincoln on their first day in the President's Mansion, descend the stairs to greet guests. Mary Todd is disappointed at how shabby it is. Abe encourages her, saying "We struggle together, we triumph together!" Both: "I believe in you."
Abe's aria: At the close of the Civil War Lincoln gave an extemporaneous speech in which he promised to give the vote to the heroic Black soldiers, and men of education.