Master Tom and the Sable Woman
Composer: Composer sought
Librettist: Leroy Aarons
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: In 1803, Jefferson's affair with slave Sally Hemings becomes public, blowing the genteel cover-up inside Monticello. Jefferson, his adoring daughter, and the near-white Sally confront their conspiracy of hidden truths. A desperate Jefferson makes Sally a promise he cannot keep. The climactic selling of Jefferson's slaves embodies America's contradictions about race.
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: 19th-century American; Western European influence; Black hymn-gospel influence
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