Opera Focus: Civil War & Emancipation Proclamation

Opera Focus: Civil War & Emancipation Proclamation

Civil War & Emancipation Proclamation

The significance of the Civil War to America cannot be measured, ending slavery at the cost of being the deadliest war in American history. To mark the upcoming sesquicentennial anniversaries of the Civil War (2011) and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation (2013), below is a list of operas inspired by these events and an era defined by them.


Mark Adamo
Little Women
OperaRichard Danielpour
Margaret Garner
Grand OperaAnthony Davis
OperaPhilip Glass
The Subject of Peace
OperaDavid Lang
The Difficulty of Crossing a Field
Chamber OperaKirke Mecham
John Brown
Grand OperaThea Musgrave
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Harriet, The Woman Called Moses
The Mocking-Bird
Chamber Opera
The Story of Harriet Tubman
OperaVirgil Thomson
The Mother of Us All

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