Spoleto Festival Presents ‘Omar: Collaboration in Conversation’

By Logan Martell

Spoleto Festival has released a behind-the-scenes video on their upcoming work “Omar.” Originally slated for its world premiere at this year’s festival, the work is based on the 1831 autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim scholar who was taken from West Africa to be a slave in the Carolinas.

“Omar” is created by Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens, and co-composed by Michael Abels.

The video, titled “Omar: Collaboration in Conversation,” features tenor Jamez McCorkle as he discusses the lead role with the opera’s artistic directors. Viewers will learn about the process behind the work, as well as some of its musical themes.

The video will be available through June 7, 2020, while “Omar” itself will premiere in 2021.