april, 2021

16apr7:30 pmPortland OperaJourneys to Justice (Onscreen)

Portland Opera Journey to Justice


Event Details

Curated by Damien Geter
Directed by Chip Miller

Sung in English with English captions.
Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, no intermission.
Learn more at portlandopera.org

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.

The Talk: Instructions for Black Children
When They Interact With the Police
words and music by Damien Geter

Songs of Love and Justice
by Dr. Adolphus Hailstork; text by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Night Trip
composed by Carlos Simon, libretto by Sandra Seaton

Two Black Churches
composed by Shawn Okpebholo
“Ballad of Birmingham” text by Dudley Randall | “The Rain” text by Marcus Amaker

“Your Daddy’s Son” from Ragtime
music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Terrence McNally

Songs for the African Violet
words and music 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).


(Friday) 7:30 pm