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Anthony Davis
Thulani Davis
George C. Wolfe (Stage Director)
Dennis Russell Davies (Conductor)
Thomas Young (The Trickster)
Florence Quivar (Goddess of the Waters)
Mark S. Doss (Cinque)
Mark Baker (The Navigator)
Eugene Perry (Antonio)
Stephen West (John Quincy Adams)
Kimberly Jones (Margru)
Bruce Hall (Lieutenant)
November 29, 1997
Lyric Opera of Chicago and American Music Theater Festival of Philadelphia
In 1839 the slave ship Amistad was discovered drifting near the US coast. The African slaves had revolted against the Spanish crew, killing all but two members. The US Navy jailed the Africans and released their hostages. For nearly three years the courts debated their fate: Spain wished to recover their property but a group of abolitionists sued for the Africans' freedom. Former president John Quincy Adams argued their case before the Supreme Court. The testimony provided a rare glimpse into the horrors of the Middle Passage that slaves endured in crossing the Atlantic. Adams won the case; the Navy was ordered to return the Africans to Africa.
Trickster God(t)
Rep. John Quincy Adams(b)
Goddess of the Waters(mz)
Abolitionist Tappan(t)
Bahia(lyr mz)
American Lieutenant(bar)
Don Pedro(b)
Pres. Van Buren(t)
Southern Senator(bar)
Abolitionist Lawyer(bar)
Ship Cook(b)
Six Reporters(b, bar, t)
Lyric Opera of Chicago collaborated with the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, and other local and national organizations in producing related educational/outreach programs.
Chorus of 48 (24 black, 24 white)
2 fl(picc), 2ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn(cbn) - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba - timp, 3 perc - pf(cel), hp - str - Jazz ens: 2 reeds, tbn, bass, drums
Grand opera incorporating material drawn from traditional African music & contemporary American styles
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New York, NY 10010
Schedule of Performances Listings
Amistad (Davis)
Saturday, November 29, 1997 - Lyric Opera of Chicago

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