April 29, 1999 | Georgia State University School of Music
Zabette
Composer:Curtis Bryant
Librettist:Mary R. Bullard
Synopsis
Zabette tells the story of Elizabeth Bernardey, a woman of mixed African and French descent, who became a plantation nurse and mistress of Robert Stafford, a 19th-century cotton planter on Georgia's Cumberland Island. It is the story of her passionate struggle for recognition in a world which enslaved and restricted non-whites at every turn.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:15

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
Contemporary, romantic with African, French, and American influences

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 5 principal roles (2 lyric sopranos, mezzo-soprano, baritone, bass), 9 secondary roles, 5 children; chorus with minor solo parts. Orchestra: 2/2/2/2, 2/2/2/1, 3 percussion, strings

Original Cast
Uzee Brown (Mr. Letterlaw)
Toni Anderson (Madame Bernardey)
Meredith Coleman (Margaret)
Laura English-Robinson (Zabette)
Jeanné Brown (Marie-Jeanne)
Charles Hart (Captain Miller)
Erica McBurrows (A Female Slave)
Kevin Tucker (A Male Slave)
Dennis Jesse (Robert Stafford)
Gregory Jordan (Bernard Goupy)
Evan Bennett (Charles Henri Dubignon)
Predrag Gosta (Jacques)
Timothy Harper (Thomas)
Fred Binkholder (Belton Copp)
Erin Williams (Geechee Jack)


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