November 29, 1997 | Lyric Opera of Chicago
Amistad
Composer:Anthony Davis
Librettist:Thulani Davis
Synopsis
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.

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Lyric Opera of ChicagoAmistad1/1/1997 - 12/19/1997


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Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1989

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:40

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Grand opera incorporating material drawn from traditional African music & contemporary American styles

Vocal & Musical Forces
12-15 principal roles

Original Cast
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)


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