Opera Project Columbus to Present ‘Rediscovered Works: I, Too, Sing America—Part 2’

By Chris Ruel

In response to the previous summer’s racial unrest, Opera Project Columbus recorded “Rediscovered Works: I, Too, Sing America” in 2021, when theaters were closed due to the pandemic.

The recording featured Langston Hughes and Phyllis Wheatley’s poetry and works, as well as spirituals and musical pieces by Moses Hogan, Rosephanye Powell, Leslie Adams, and Margaret Bonds.

“Rediscovered Works: I, Too, Sing America—Part 2,” a collection of previously unreleased works by two early-twentieth-century composers, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Shirley Graham Du Bois, will be presented and recorded this year by Opera Project Columbus on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 3 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.

Du Bois is best-known for writing the opera “Tom Tom: An Epic of Music and the Negro” in 1932. The show premiered to over 25,000 people in Cleveland, Ohio, over two evenings.

Coleridge-Taylor‘s three cantatas based on the epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow catapulted the composer to fame. The first section premiered in 1898 when the composer was 22 years old.

Featured vocalists include baritone Justin T. Swain, soprano Dione Parker Bennett, bass-baritone Calvin Griffin, and collaborative pianist Ed Bak.