The Peabody Post

Douglas Buchanan and Caitlin Vincent Premiere Opera


Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and librettist Caitlin Vincent (MM ’09, Voice) will premiere a new opera Bessie and Ma, commissioned by the University of Connecticut as part of the 2017/2019 Sackler Prize in Music Composition, on Friday, March 29, and Sunday, March 31, at the University of Connecticut. The opera tells the story of the intersecting lives of Bessie Coleman, the first female aviator of color in the United States, and Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas.

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