Noon Concert: Selections from Long-Lost Opera Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:05 – 1pm
Campus Location:Ann E. Pitzer Center
Room:Recital Hall
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Cost:Free, no tickets required
Contact Phone #:530-752-7896
Event Type:Arts and Entertainment
Presented by:UC Davis Department of Music

History professor Sally McKee wrote a book about Edmond Dédé and his 1888 opera, Morgiane, or The Sultan of Ispahan, and now the Department of Music has transcribed some of the work’s arias for performance, in French. The composition is the oldest known complete opera score by an African American.

The arias will be part of a program that also includes:

  • Berlioz — Two songs from Les nuits d’été, op. 7
  • Liszt — Oh! quand je dors, S. 282
  • Ravel — Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Featuring Liisa Davíla, soprano; Kevin Doherty, baritone; and Jeremiah Trujillo, piano.

McKee will talk briefly about the work's significance. Read more about her book on the subject, The Exile’s Song: Edmond Dédé and the Unfinished Revolutions of the Atlantic World.

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