Chicago Opera Theater has shared a special deal for our Members, check it out:
We’re preparing for our world premiere of Quamino’s Map and would love to invite members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance to join us with a special offer.
Tickets start at $20
Here is a 20% off code for ticket levels A-E: MAP20
The show will be at the Studebaker Theater from April 23-May 1.
Why this production is special:
The entire creative team of Quamino’s Map is made up of women who are trailblazers in their field. Composer Errollyn Wallen is the first Black female composer to have a piece performed at the BBC Proms – and the first to be commissioned by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Librettist Deborah Brevoort is co-founder of Theater Without Borders. The conductor, Jeri Lynne Johnson, breaks barriers by being the first African-American female conductor in many opera houses worldwide. Finally, director Kimille Howard is co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive and artistic director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre’s NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship.
The year is 1780, the place is London, England. The British lost the War of Independence in the American colonies. Juba Freeman fled a Carolina plantation where he was enslaved to fight alongside the British against his American oppressors. Later Juba arrives in London and tries to build a new life for himself. He meets Amelia Alumond, an idealistic, young, upper-class Black woman involved in a charity to help the ex-slaves who have arrived on England’s shores. Based on historical events, the opera takes us into the worlds of these two little-known Black communities in England during the late 18th century. Quamino’s Map is an opera about the enduring pull of freedom and the ends to which people will go to achieve it.