American Opera Project Releases Video Featuring Casts of ‘Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom’

By David Salazar

The American Opera Project, in association with BRIC, has brought together the cast of the 2014 world premiere of “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom,” to create a unique video to give hope to all those working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Since this recording, we have seen America reel from one attack on our collective body to another via the disease of racism. For those fighting back against this disease, let this message be for you as well,” the press release for the launch of the video adds.

The video also includes several guest artists and cast members of the 2020 production from the Knoxville Opera that was canceled due to the spread of the pandemic.

Cast members include Janinah Burnett, Sumayya Ali, Jasmine Muhammad, Louise Toppin, Sequina DuBose, Hannah Fuerst, Patrice Eaton, Briana Hunter, Tesla Kwarteng, Vincent Davis, Ernes Jackson, Cornelius Johnson, Leslie Tay, Charles Carter, Kyle Guglielmo, Damian Norfleet, and Jubilant Skyes.

The work was composed by Nkeiru Okoye with Julius Williams conducting, and Mila Henry at the piano.

The video was produced by BRIC with David Feldman as video engineer, Eric Haugesag as audio engineer, Tony Horn as editorial director, and Sharon Polli as executive vice president.

Watch the video below.