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Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: <i>Approaching Ali</i>

Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative: Approaching Ali

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - Sunday, June 9, 2013

Washington National Opera

Composer D.J. Sparr and librettists Mark Campbell and Davis Miller's hour-long opera tells the story of a reporter's transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. 

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WNO: American Opera Initiative
Approaching Ali 
Music by D.J. Sparr
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Davis Miller
Based on the book "The Tao of Muhammad Ali" by Davis Miller

In two premiere performances, composer D.J. Sparr and librettists Mark Campbell and Davis Miller's hour-long opera tells the story of a reporter's transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Approaching Ali features Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Soloman Howard (Joe in Show Boat) as Muhammad Ali, David Kravitz as Davis Miller, Aundi Marie Moore as Odessa Clay, and Ethan McKelvain as Young Davis. The opera will be performed with a chamber orchestra conducted by Steven Jarvi, and receive a complete staging by director Nicole Watson and a design team with mentorship provided by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, with no intermission, followed by a Q&A.