Thursday, May 22, 2008

William Grant Still Among Composers Suggested for Washington National Opera

[William Grant Still's Opera Troubled Island was performed in 1949 by the New York City opera company]

Garth Trinkl writes on the blog Renaissance Research
:A distinguished American conductor has posted a comment below suggesting that our Washington National Opera should consider staging American operas by American classical composers Deems Taylor, William Grant Still, Howard Hanson, Robert McBride, and Nicholas Flagello – among others.” “Remember, our Washington National Opera promised the Congress of the United States, and the American people, that it would stage one American opera each and every season.” [The African American composer, oboist, arranger and conductor William Grant Still (1895-1978) wrote the opera Troubled Island,, which was staged by the New York City opera company in 1949. Still is profiled at] Full Post

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