Zabette
Composer: Curtis Bryant
Librettist: Mary R. Bullard
Other Artistic Personnel: W. Dwight Coleman (artistic director)
Mark Street (music director)
Sally Priester (production/stage manager)
Original Cast: Uzee Brown (Mr. Letterlaw)
Toni Anderson (Madame Bernardey)
Meredith Coleman (Margaret)
Laura English-Robinson (Zabette)
Jeanné Brown (Marie-Jeanne)
Charles Hart (Captain Miller)
Erica McBurrows (A Female Slave)
Kevin Tucker (A Male Slave)
Dennis Jesse (Robert Stafford)
Gregory Jordan (Bernard Goupy)
Evan Bennett (Charles Henri Dubignon)
Predrag Gosta (Jacques)
Timothy Harper (Thomas)
Fred Binkholder (Belton Copp)
Erin Williams (Geechee Jack)
Premiere Date: April 29, 1999
Producing Company: Georgia State University School of Music
Description: Zabette tells the story of Elizabeth Bernardey, a woman of mixed African and French descent, who became a plantation nurse and mistress of Robert Stafford, a 19th-century cotton planter on Georgia's Cumberland Island. It is the story of her passionate struggle for recognition in a world which enslaved and restricted non-whites at every turn.
Length: 02:15
Total Acts: 3
Musical Style: Contemporary, romantic with African, French, and American influences
Contact: Curtis Bryant or W. Dwight Coleman, Chairman of Opera Studies, Georgia State University
Address: 5485 Lakeside Drive
Union City, GA 30291
E-mail Address: cbmusic@bellsouth.net
Phone: 770-964-3063
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