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Libba: Here This Day

  • Dates: 8/21/2021, 8/22/2021
  • Location: Franklin Stage Company
  • Address: 25 Institute St, Franklin, NY 13775
  • Phone: (607) 829-3700
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Price: Franklin Stage Company is an admission-free theater that depends on the generosity of our audience and donors—any amount is appreciated!
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A concert staging of a new opera that tells the life story of iconic guitarist Libba Cotten, a humble, gifted, left-handed singer/songwriter who grew up in the segregated south, played the guitar and banjo upside-down & backwards, and won a Grammy at age 92. With an operatic score influenced by folk, blues, and gospel by Mark Olivieri, and a libretto by Kyle Bass (Possessing Harriet), this new opera reveals and celebrates the life story of an American original and folk music legend. When her devoted community comes together to honor her legacy, a poignant afterlife journey of song, drama, and dreams leads Libba back to her roots, family, first guitar, and the spiritual connection between her music and childhood home. A cast of seven transcend time and musical styles to retrace the story of how a little left-handed girl from North Carolina became one of the most original and revered folk musicians and songwriters of her time. Sung by bass-baritone Gregory Sheppard, soprano Jessica Montgomery, mezzo Danan Tsan, soprano Noa DeRosa Anderson & baritone Steven Stull This performance is a collaboration with Syracuse’s Society for New Music.

Franklin Stage Company
  • 25 Institute St
  • Franklin, NY 13775