Curated by Damien Geter
Directed by Chip Miller

The Talk: Instructions for Black Children When They Interact With the Police by Damien Geter
Songs of Love and Justice by Dr. Adolphus Hailstork
Night Trip by Carlos Simon
Two Black Churches by Shawn Okpebholo
“Your Daddy’s Son” from Ragtime by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens
Songs for the African Violet by Jasmine Barnes

These compositions are about love, justice, and experiences of being a Black American. We witness moments of generational grief: a coming-of-age conversation that is a matter of life and death in The Talk; and a desperate mother’s song to her baby in “Your Daddy’s Son.” In Two Black Churches we grieve with communities generations apart—both facing the aftermath of murder and hate crimes perpetrated by white supremacists. In Night Trip we stop at a gas station with a Black family on a road trip in Jim Crow America, and witness the lack of dignity that welcomes them. Then too, we celebrate the activism of choosing love, with the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Songs of Love and Justice); and the resilience that is demanded of Black women finding joy (Songs for the African Violet).


Sung in English with English captions.
Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, no intermission.

Featuring Portland Opera’s Resident Artists—Lynnesha Crump, Jasmine Johnson, David Morgans Sanchez, Michael Parham, and Edwin Jhamal Davis; with limited instrumentation featuring members of the Portland Opera Orchestra, and members of the Portland Opera Chorus.

Digital access will be available for 45 days, starting on April 16, 2021 on our digital channel, Portland Opera Onscreen. 


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Lynnesha Crump

Mother, Conchetta
Jasmine Johnson

Uncle Mack
David Morgans Sanchez

Michael Parham

Uncle Wesley
Edwin Jhamal Davis