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Opera for Educators / Rhiannon Gidden’s Omar

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

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Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels bring their new opera—Omar—to Los Angeles. This presentation is open to the public, not just educators! Co-presentation with Dr. Tiffany Kuo on the sounds of contemporary opera and the musical styles of Omar’s co-composers. (Tickets $20.)

About Omar: In 1807, a 37-year-old scholar living in West Africa was captured and forced aboard a ship bound for Charleston, South Carolina. Omar Ibn Said’s life and Muslim faith are remembered and retold in this inspirational West Coast premiere inspired by his remarkable 1831 autobiography (the only known surviving American slavery narrative written in Arabic).

Set in the shifting darkness of memory and imagination, Omar follows his compelling journey from a peaceful life in his homeland to enslavement in a violent, foreign world. Lost in the wilderness of his thoughts and his stolen life, he’s haunted by memories of his family and the people he encounters along the way. Through it all, he somehow remains true to himself and his faith, against all odds. The luminous score incorporates distinctive West African traditions with traditional opera instrumentation.

Learn more about the creative process of Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels in this New York Times article.


Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, 90012 United States
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