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MarbleCity Opera Presents

I Can't Breathe

Marble City Opera is thrilled to announce the commission of a new opera entitled "I Can't Breathe." The social justice-themed, contemporary opera features an original libretto written by MCO's Managing Director Brandon J. Gibson. To finish bringing the piece to life, we have partnered with renowned composer Leslie Savoy Burrs.

"I Can't Breathe" was inspired by and written in the wake of repeated instances of fatal police brutality perpetrated against African Americans. It tells the stories of six individuals from different walks of life. Lives that are forever changed by innocent interactions with law enforcement gone wrong. It highlights how manners, appearance, education, and not even compliance are enough to protect people of color from a system that too often treats them as inherently dangerous. Six vignettes portray a striking and multi-faceted reflection of the African American experience before coalescing to ask the question, "How many more"?

The new work will have its world premiere in February 2022 in Knoxville, TN. Additionally, a consortium is forming that will allow the opera to premiere regionally after the debut. For more information on the project, or to find out how your company can become part of the consortium, contact: KathrynM@MarbleCityOpera.com.