FREE TO SING: The Story of the First African-American Opera Company

The Music Center at Strathmore
Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 8pm

This unique presentation, created in collaboration with Strathmore, includes a dramatized history of the nation’s first African-American opera company in the United States (written by Michael Rosenberg and Shelley Brown), as well as a complete concert version of the first American operetta: Julius Eichberg’s delicious The Doctor of Alcantara (1866), a smash hit in its day. The creative team includes Emmy Award-winning director Scot Reese and the internationally acclaimed Morgan State University Chorus.

Narrator/Don Pomposo: David Emerson Toney

Isabella: Awet Andemicael

Carlos: Kenneth Gayle

Donna Lucrezia: Carmen Balthrop

Inez: Millicent Scarlett

Doctor Paracelsus (The Doctor of Alcantara): Gylchris Sprauve

Music Director/Conductor: Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Orchestra: Post-Classical Ensemble

Joseph Horowitz, Artistic Director

Chorus Morgan State University Choir

Eric Conway, Director

Piano/Organ: Andrew Luse

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