Summer, 1961. As racial tensions rise in New Orleans, a movement arises. The Congress of Racial Equality is looking for volunteers to ride buses and trains to Jackson, Mississippi, risking life and limb to end segregation. When Xavier University student Sylvie Davenport is handed a pamphlet and asked to climb aboard a Greyhound bus, she must choose between her academic future and joining the Freedom Riders.
Directed by acclaimed director and librettist Tazewell Thompson and conducted by Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, Freedom Ride makes its world premiere in Chicago to highlight how far we’ve come, and how far we still have left to go.
Music & Libretto by Dan Shore
Conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya
Directed by Tazewell Thompson
Commissioned by Chicago Opera Theater
Featuring the Chicago Sinfonietta