performance & dance

Harriet: Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Classic spirituals, tender songs and new sounds meet in Hilda Paredes’ opera on the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, told in a stunning production.

As an injured young slave in mid-1800s America, Harriet Tubman took the risky decision to escape her captors via the secret passage of the ‘underground railroad.’

No sooner had Tubman tasted freedom than she realised her mission was only just getting started. She returned to the site of her captivity countless times, risking her life to help ferry hundreds more to safety.

Tubman went on to fight in the American Civil War and campaign for civil rights across the country.

Hilda Paredes’ opera, celebrating Tubman’s extraordinary life, visionary strength and inspiring bravery, mixes classical spirituals and tender songs with the Mexican composer’s own ‘fresh aural imagination’ (The Guardian).

The result is a multi-layered work that confronts the pain and anger that motivated Tubman, but contains the best of humanity too.

Soprano Claron McFadden brings Tubman to life opposite Naomi Beeldens, who portrays her young protégé Alice. Jean Lacornerie’s production, with stunning light and video design, delivers an experience that is every bit as inspiring as Tubman’s life and legacy.

All praise to Claron McFadden for her interpretation of Tubman. Every look and every gesture breathes fight and energy.
Theaterkrant
Paredes’ music is beautiful and rich in details
De Volkskrant Nederland

Performers

Muziektheater Transparant
HERMESensemble
Manoj Kamps music director
Jean Lacornerie director
Claron McFadden soprano, Harriet
Naomi Beeldens soprano, Alice

Repertoire

Hilda Paredes: Harriet: Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman - chamber opera for soprano, mezzo-soprano, percussion, violin, guitar & electronics (London premiere)

Dates & times

3 Oct 2020
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£15 - £35
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£15, £25, £35

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Concessions

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Ticketing
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Event information
Please note that there is no interval in this performance.