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|ISM 2020 DISTINGUISHED MUSICIAN AWARD TO ERROLLYN||QUAMINO'S MAP: new opera for Chicago Opera Theatre||DIDO'S GHOST at Edinburgh International Festival|
|Belize-born British composer, pianist and singer-songwriter, Errollyn Wallen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 ISM Distinguished Musician Award, one of the highest honours within the music industry, for services to music.||Music by Errollyn Wallen
Libretto by Deborah Brevoort
A story about the enduring pull of freedom – and the ends to which people will go to achieve it.
Juba Freeman arrives in London after winning his freedom from slavery by fighting for the British in the Revolutionary War. Thrown headfirst into British society, he meets Amelia Alumond, a member of the British Black gentry, and reconnects with other ex-slaves who are struggling to build new lives for themselves as free men. Inspired by historical events, the opera sheds a light on a forgotten corner of history – and challenges current assumptions of what life was like in 18th-century London for a person of colour.
Saturday, April 23, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 29, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 3pm
|Composed to a libretto by Wesley Stace, and incorporating Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, DIDO'S GHOST is a commission from Dunedin Consort, Barbican Centre, Mahogany Opera,Edinburgh International Festival, Buxton International Festival and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. After a triumphant premiere at the Barbican Centre on June 6th and an enthusiastic reception at Buxton Festival it received its Scottish premiere at Edinburgh Festival on August 20th with performances August 21 and 22. It was received with rave reviews.|
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