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Music by Anthony Davis
Libretto by Richard Wesley

World Premiere

In 1980's New York, five African American and Latino teenagers were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were unjustly convicted of a Central Park rape, but exonerated through DNA evidence thirteen years later. Davis' opera is a passionate story about an issue that still rocks America today.

The Central Park Five is an opera with a libretto by Richard Wesley that investigates five young African American boys who were falsely convicted of the rape and assault of a young white woman in Central Park. The music in the opera will draw from a wide range of influences from the funk of Sly and the Family Stone to the early hip hop of Public Enemy, the Jazz expression of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis to the operatic influences of Stravinsky, Berg and Britten all in my uniquely individual voice.

 

 

 Anthony Davis - Composer

Anthony Davis (born February 20, 1951), is an American pianist and composer. He incorporates several styles including jazz, rhythm 'n' blues, gospel, non-Western, African, European classical, Indonesian gamelan, and experimental music.[1] Davis is perhaps best known for his operas including X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, which was premiered by the New York City Opera in 1986, Amistad, which premiered with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1997, and Wakonda's Dream, which premiered at Opera Omaha in 2007.

 

 

 

Synopsis

In 1980's New York, five African American and Latino teenagers were convicted of a Central Park rape, but exonerated through DNA evidence thirteen years later. Davis' opera is a passionate story about an issue that still rocks America today.

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