No Easy Walk to Freedom (based on the life of Nelson Mandela)
Composer: Chandler Carter
Librettist: Chandler Carter
Other Artistic Personnel: Helen H. Cha-Pyo, Conductor; Steven Gridley, Director; Robert Turner, Choreographer; Chenault Spence, Lighting Designer; Anna Stoytcheva, Musical Preparation. Concert premiere (November 2000): George Faison, Stage Director; Helen H. Cha-Pyo, Conductor
Original Cast: André Solomon-Glover as Nelson Mandela; Diana Solomon-Glover as Winnie Mandela; Curtis Streetman as Prison Guard, Judge and various White Characters, Albert Lee as Young South African Man, Zulu Leader, Christine Clemmons as Young South African woman and Radical, Dawn Padmore as Older South African woman and Radical, Sam McKelton as Poor Man, Steven Herring as Various characters
Premiere Date: October 12, 2001
Producing Company: The Riverside Church, NYC
Description: No Easy Walk to Freedom is a chamber opera based on the life of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. The drama focuses on Mandela's 27-year imprisonment, from 1963 to 1990, and his subsequent election as President in 1994. Between each scene, dancers—accompanied by music indigenous to South Africa—connect the stage action.
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Small Chorus
Orchestration: 12 players
Musical Style: Western classical tradition with significant use of traditional South African melodies
Contact: Chandler Carter
Address: 255 West 108th #2D
New York, NY 10025
E-mail Address: LCC2@earthlink.net
Phone: 212-666-5958
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