Music by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels
Conducted by John Kennedy
Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Sons. Teachers. Farmers. Mothers. Of the millions of lives forever altered or lost by forced ocean crossings, how many of their stories are known?
This world premiere opera from Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels narrates Omar Ibn Said’s 1831 autobiography, beginning long before the 37-year-old West African scholar was made to board a ship bound for Charleston, South Carolina—the site of his enslavement and sale. And though his memoir ends some 30 years before he was laid to rest, still enslaved, this record of his life and Muslim faith reveals a refusal to be defined or erased by his captors. It’s a seminal work of strength, resistance, and religious conviction—a work underscoring the indelible power of the written word.
Sung in English with English supertitles.
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- Omar Jamez McCorkle
- Julie Laquita Mitchell
- Master Johnson/Master Owen Malcolm MacKenzie
- Omar's Mother Cheryse McLeod Lewis
- Katie Ellen/The Caller Catherine Anne Daniel
- Auctioneer/Master Taylor Adam Klein
- Little Daughter Rebecca Jo Loeb
- Omar's Brother/Man to be sold Michael Redding