At the tip of Africa, in the century of discovery, of empire and emancipation, six characters confront each other with their fears and doubts about what science demands, and what it may cost them and those whose world it is about to transform.
We are thrilled to announce the world premiere of a new chamber opera,
‘Southern Crossings,’ with music by Zaid Jabri, and a libretto by Yvette Christiansë and
Rosalind Morris, directed by Crystal Manich and conducted by Mark Shapiro.
Glenn Seven Allen, Jesse Blumberg, Kearstin Piper Brown, Sarah Heltzel, Juliet Petrus and Kevin Thompsonwith Flux Quartet, Maciej Frackiewicz on accordion and Jared Soldiviero on percussion
Tláloc Lopez-Watermann, stage and lighting design • Philippe Leonard, projections • Carla Belissio, costumes
Southern Crossings is sponsored by Barnard College, and has been made possible by major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Columbia University’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination.
The opera will open on June 16, 2022 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, at John Jay College.