Watkins – Dark River

This event is on November 12, 2009 8:00pm

Commissioned and premiered by Oakland Opera Theater, Dark River by Bay Area composer Mary Watkins tells the story of civil rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer. This world premier featured soprano Raina Simons in the lead role. The cast of 22 singers portrayed 40 historical characters, as well as appearing in ensembles of sharecroppers, protestors, bystanders, Civil Rights workers, convention delegates, SNCC members, and church-goers. Gospel and jazz combine with classical in Watkins’ score, played by two keyboards with strings, winds, and percussion. Directed by Darryl V. Jones. Conducted by Deirdre McClure. (8 performances)

At Oakland Opera Theater