Music and Libretto by Rhiannon Giddens
Music Co-composed by Michael Abels
Conducted by John Kennedy
Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
Choreographed by Ni’Ja Whitson
A voice forgotten no more
In 1807, a 37-year-old scholar living in West Africa was captured and forced to board a ship bound for Charleston, South Carolina―the site of his enslavement and sale. Omar Ibn Said’s life and Muslim faith, recorded in his autobiography from 1831, are remembered and retold in this compelling new American opera.
North Carolina-native Rhiannon Giddens has made a name for herself excavating unsung historical black narratives and turning them into folk ballads―purposeful work that has placed her on countless stages and resulted in a long list of accolades, including a Grammy Award and MacArthur Fellowship. Collaborating with renowned composer Michael Abels (Get Out), Giddens melds her archaeological lens and operatic background in this world premiere.
Sung in English with English supertitles.
Please note: There is a 6 ticket limit per purchase for Omar.