Olivia Johnson & David Morgans Sanchez Highlight ‘Night Trip’ at Opera NexGen

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

Opera NexGen has announced a presentation of Carlos Simon and Sandra Seaton’s one-act opera “Night Trip.” The performance will be streamed live on Dec. 11, 2021.

The cast features Olivia Johnson as Conchetta, David Morgans Sanchez as Uncle Mack, William Powell III as Uncle Wesley, Erik Bagger as the Gas Station Attendant, and Michael Colman as the Police Officer. Donald Allen Lee III conducts a production by Kimille Howard. Ramsey Reyes plays a piano.

“With our mission to find the next great opera singers and a drive for representative art, we decided to program Night Trip,” said Artistic Director André Chiang in an official press release. “It strips away the veneer and shows what racism is in a fully fleshed out form. Opera and art are meant to entertain and challenge us to not only progress but remember. Night Trip is a powerful, necessary piece of opera, and we are incredibly proud to be producing it.”

Founded in summer 2020, Opera NexGen is a BIPOC and women-led organization whose mission is to provide unparalleled operatic performances with a diverse artistic community.