From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, the battle for racial equality in America marches on--in the world premiere of WNO's new production of Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton's riveting opera.
Performance Timing: Act One - 80 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act Two - 80 min.
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Abraham Lincoln / Lyndon B. Johnson
Frederick Douglass / Martin Luther King Jr.
Robert E. Lee / Edgar Ray Killen
Ulysses S Grant / Nicholas Katzenbach
Richard Paul Fink
Julia Grant / Viola Liuzzo
Wilmer McLean / J. Edgar Hoover
T. Morris Chester / John Lewis
Mary Todd Lincoln / Lady Bird Johnson
Elizabeth Keckley / Coretta Scott King
Chrystal E. Williams*
Mary Custis Lee / Secretary
General Howell Cobb / James Fowler
Timothy J. Bruno*‡
Edward Alexander / Cartha DeLoach
John Aaron Rawlins / George Wallace
Mrs. Dorsey / Amelia Boynton
Col. Ely S. Parker
Dante Santiago Anzolini*
± Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
‡ Current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Appomattox. The Wednesday, Nov. 18 Opera Insight starts 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasts 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. See schedule of participants below:
Nov. 14: WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello leads a discussion with composer Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton
Nov. 16: WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello leads a discussion with librettist Christopher Hampton and conductor Dante Santiago Anzolini
Nov. 18: Saul Lilienstein, musicologist
Nov. 20: Journey Through Hallowed Ground panel, "Interpreting Civil War to Civil Rights," with Bob Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service and a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; Karen Hughes White, former Fauquier County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk and President of the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County; and moderated by journalist Juan Williams
Nov. 21: Steve Steinbach from Sidwell Friends School
Nov. 22: Colonel Ty Seidule from West Point
STAY AFTER FOR A FREE ARTIST Q&A
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production. All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket. Following these performances only:
Monday evening, Nov. 16
Friday evening, Nov. 20
Note: Christopher Hampton will sign books following the Q&A, in the Grand Foyer outside of the Opera House.
General DynamicsMajor support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation