Art, light, and friendship tell the story of celebrated African-American painter Beauford Delaney, who left the segregated South for the heady freedom of the Harlem Renaissance and Bohemian Paris. Famous singers, actors, writers, and artists adored him, Foremost among them his ‘spiritual son,’ writer James Baldwin, who credits his beloved mentor with teaching him how to live, learn, and see. This genial soul, frequently suicidal, was plagued by poverty and schizophrenic voices. Art became his lifeline, and he filled hundreds of bright canvases with joy and hope. Writer Henry Miller called them ‘canticles to the sun.’ Delaney’s journey out of darkness, ‘the misery,’ he called it, ‘of which the jewel of life is formed,’ is a splendid testament to the courage and resilience of a gifted man who found in the mystical marriage of color and shape the healing grace of love.

Marble City Opera is proud to be a part of The Delaney Project - Gathering Light. The Delaney Project aims to promote and celebrate the work of the Delaney brothers through art, history, and culture! 

This World Premiere about Beauford Delaney is a part of a larger project called The Delaney Project: Gathering Light. 

You can learn more about Beauford Delaney at other local events, such as the Knoxville Museum of Arts Exhibition: Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door Exhibit and other events that you can find here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Opera, Shadowlight!

World Premiere 
ShadowLight 

When: February 28 & 29, 2020

 

Where: Beck Cultural Center

          Knoxville, TN 

Time: 7:30PM

Tickets: $50 Premium Seating

            $30 General Seating

            $15 Students 

Reception to follow the opening night performance. 

Meet the Cast

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Creative Team

Larry Delinger

Composer

Emily Anderson

Librettist

James Marvel

Co-Stage Director

Co-Stage Director & Executive Artistic Director

Brian Holman

Conductor

Brandon Coffer

Pianist

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Brandon Gibson

Beauford

Vincent Davis

Baldwin

Regan Bisch

Voice 1

Joshua Allen

Voice 2

Breyon Ewing

Voice 3

Hannah Friend

Voice 1 Cover

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Opera Sponosors

Aslan Foundation

Commissioner, Evelyn Gill

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