Promised Land: An Adirondack Folk Opera
In the 1850s, abolitionist Gerrit Smith (with John Brown, Frederick Douglass and others) gave away over 120,000 acres of Adirondack farmland to 3,000 free blacks in an attempt to fulfill New York State’s onerous property requirement necessary for blacks to vote. This opera brings this complex struggle to life with deeply emotional melodies, driving 19th century dance rhythms and the dramatic struggle for racial equality and inclusive democracy.
We seek support for writing the libretto (the script) and completing the musical score. This will take a team of writers, musicians and scholars. Once this is done, we can proceed to the final phase of a fully-staged production!
“So many hearts beat out a rhythm so true…”
“We find ourselves, through the mercy and the goodness, under our own vine and fig tree”
–Willis Augustus Hodges
“Those are the same stars that shine down above your brothers and sisters…” –Sojourner Truth
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
“Behold the procession of the pines…” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”