Austin Opera offers free access to digital world premiere of ‘The Trial of Susan B. Anthony’


This year marks the centenary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, an anniversary that invites conversation not just about the milestone of democracy that it represents, but also the work that remains to achieve gender and racial equity.

And oh yeah, 2020 is a momentous election year too.

Now, Austin Opera is offering free access to “The Trial of Susan B. Anthony,” a new seven-movement piece by Steven Mark Kohn.

Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala plays multiple roles, including the judge, the prosecuting and defense attorneys, a witness, and Susan B. Anthony herself in this seven-movement dramatic song cycle outlining the activist’s quest for justice. She will be accompanied by pianist Myra Huang.

The free event streams at 7 p.m. CST Oct. 26. RSVP here to be sent a direct link to the broadcast. The event will continue to be available until Nov. 8 at 11:59 p.m.

The digital world premiere is a partnership between Austin Opera and ADA Artist Management, Berkshire Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, and San Diego Opera.

Following the 30-minute performance, tenor and diversity activist Lawrence Brownlee will be joined by artists Zabala and Huang, and composer Kohn, for a panel discussion with:

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