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Free to Sing: The Story of the First African-American Opera Company
Presented by Strathmore
Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore

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The Story of the First African-American Opera Company
An Original Strathmore Production


Scot Reese, director
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, music director
Post-Classical Ensemble
Written by Michael Rosenberg and Shelley Brown
Featuring the Morgan State University Choir, Eric Conway, director

This world premiere, a Strathmore original production, tells the heroic story of Washington, D.C.’s “Colored American Opera Company,” the first African-American opera troupe in the United States, who set out to raise funds for a new church (St. Augustine) by producing and touring the operetta, The Doctor of Alcantara. Blending historical narrative and song, the concert ends with a concert performance of the operetta. Don’t miss this powerful performance that showcases a long-lost Washington cultural treasure!

Join us before the performance to learn more about American Opera: D.C. and Beyond.
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Click Here to visit the Free to Sing Information Page where you can download the Commemorative Program and educational packet.

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