March 1, 2021
By David Salazar
Tulsa Opera is set to commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 1, 2021.
The showcase, which is entitled “Greenwood Overcomes,” will feature songs and arias by living Black composers, performed by Black opera artists.
The concert will feature four Tulsa Opera-commissioned world premieres by such composers as David Bontemps, Anthony Davis, Stewart Goodyear, Nkeiru Okoye, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. Among the pieces to be premiered are “Fire across the tracks” from Davis’ opera “Tulsa 21.”
There will also be much by such composers as H. Leslie Adams, Eleanor Alberga, Peter Ashbourne, Terence Blanchard, Kathryn Bostic, B.E. Boykin, Valerie Capers, Marques L. A. Garrett, Adolphus Hailstork, Tania León, Quinn Mason, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Andre Myers, Carlos Simon, Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, and Damien Sneed, among others.
Featured vocalists in the concert include Denyce Graves, Leah Hawkins, Leona Mitchell, Taylor Raven, Issachah Savage, Noah Stewart, Kevin Thompson, and Davóne Tines.