Opera Ebony begins Phase One of Imoinda

September 23rd - October 9th

Imoinda is a new opera by Odaline de la Martinez and a part of her "Slavery Trilogy", which Martinez is completing with the help of a 2015 New Works/Female Composers grant from Opera America. Ms. Martinez is a Cuban -American composer who resides in the UK. During a recent visit to the States, she sat in on Opera Ebony's rehearsal of Così fan tutte. Captivated by the glorious singing, staging and orchestral playing, Martinez approached Opera Ebony to produce Imoinda. Phase One will be a video recording of staged scenes, to be distributed to Opera America-affiliated companies. Opera Ebony Music Director Wayne Sanders and Artistic Director Gregory Sheppard have assembled an exceptional production team that includes: Hope Clarke, director; Michael Philip Davis, video director; Mike Riggs, lighting designer; and Claire Townsend, costume design. Wayne Sanders is the production’s music director. Ms. Martinez will conduct a cast led by Manna KnJoi as Imoinda, Christopher Lilley as Oku; Justin Austin as the Chief; and Gerard Sanders as Baku. Supporting roles will be covered by Martina Bruno, Patrice Eaton, Eldric Bashful and Rocky Sellers



Librettist
Joan Anim-Addo

Joan Anim-Addo is Professor of Caribbean Literature and Culture and Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the Programme Convenor for the Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas pathway within the MA Comparative Literary Studies programme and is the Founder-Editor of New Mango Season, the Journal of Caribbean Women’s Writing.  Her recent publications include the libretto, Imoinda, or She Who Will Lose Her Name(2003/2008), the poetry collections Haunted by History(2004) and Janie Cricketing Lady(2006), and the literary historyTouching the Body: History, Language and African-Caribbean Women’s Writing (2007).