( Fri., Mar. 4, 2022 - Sun., Mar. 6, 2022 )
Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Harriet Tubman may be the best-known conductor of the Underground Railroad, but a new piece highlights another key figure: William Still, who helped nearly 800 enslaved African Americans escape to freedom in the years before the Civil War. Widely recognized for his efforts as an abolitionist, historian and conductor for the Underground Railroad, Still is the central figure of SANCTUARY ROAD, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec.
After the success of his opera The Shining, award winning composer Paul Moravec has once again collaborated with librettist Mark Campbell to create the second of his ‘American historical oratorios’. SANCTUARY ROAD draws on the astonishing stories found in William Still’s book The Underground Railroad Records, which documents the network of secret routes and safe houses used by African American slaves to escape into free states and Canada.
SANCTUARY ROAD lasts approximately 70min and is performed without intermission.
William Henry Curry conducts and Dennis Whitehead Darling directs this new production. The cast features LaToya Lain, Taylor Raven, and Malcolm J. Merriweather.