Opera Philadelphia Digital Sharing
Following the successful 2019 co-commission and co-production of Denis & Katya by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman, Music Theatre Wales and Opera Philadelphia are sharing new digital pieces created by Black, Asian and global majority artists. Commissioned in parallel, Music Theatre Wales and Opera Philadelphia’s digital programmes propel our genre forward, identifying outstanding artists and presenting innovative new work that celebrates the multi-cultural world in which we live.
THEY STILL WANT TO KILL US
By Daniel Bernard Roumain
An uncensored aria performed and composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain. Featuring mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and directed by multimedia artist Yoram Savion. This piece commemorates the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, originally created to mark one year since the murder of George Floyd.
SAVE THE BOYS
By Tyshawn Sorey
Inspired by “Save the Boys,” an 1887 poem by abolitionist, writer and Black women’s rights activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, performed by the outstanding countertenor John Holiday and pianist Grant Loehnig.
CYCLES OF MY BEING
A song cycle that centres on what it means to be an African American man living in America today, by Tyshawn Sorey with lyrics by MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes and superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who also sings the piece.
To see the Opera Philadelphia pieces please click the links below:
Access to They Still Want to Kill Us is Free of Charge – click HERE
Watch Tyshawn Sorey’s Save the Boys and Cycles of My Being at a special half-price discount of $15 for MTW audiences – click HERE
Each performance is accompanied by a fascinating talk with the artists.