Luyala
Composer: William Banfield
Composer Bio: He has composed nine symphonies, six symphonic concertos, five operas, music for ballet, musicals, chorus, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, and song cycles for voice and keyboard. An associate professor of music, Banfield holds the Endowed Chair in Humanities and Arts at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Librettist: Penelope Bridgers
Other Artistic Personnel: Chuck Davis, Choreographer; Maria Savitsky, Costume Designer; Tazewell Thompson, Director; Scott Tilley, Music Director; Patrick Dougherty, Environmental Sculptor
Original Cast: Dancers: Monique Newton as Luyala, Stafford Berry Jr. as Muoma. Singers: Louise Toppin, William Brown, Nnenna Freelon
Premiere Date: March 31, 2000
Producing Company: Triangle Opera
Description: A music drama with co-equal vocal and dance performance, portraying a spiritual journey of personal transformation and reconciliation with the community. Luyala, the proud princess, loses her hair through a curse. Muoma, a lame beggar, undertakes a perilous hunt to restore her glory.
Length: 02:30
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB chorus (12-16 members)
Musical Style: Tonal with strong African influence
Contact: Triangle Opera
Address: 120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
E-mail Address: pbridgers@mindspring.com
Phone: 919-560-2741
Composer Web Site: http://www.billbanfield.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
Luyala (Banfield)
Friday, March 31, 2000 - Triangle Opera
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