"Edmonia" - The Opera


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    Discover the extraordinary life and career of 19th century Black and Native American sculptor Edmonia Lewis in a new hybrid opera from award-winning composer Dr. Bill Banfield. The two-act opera chronicles Lewis’ remarkable journey from her turbulent time at Oberlin College—including an accusation of attempted murder—to her recognition as an internationally celebrated artist, posthumous erasure, and rediscovery. Join the students, faculty, and guests of Interlochen Arts Academy for the world premiere of this groundbreaking multidisciplinary work and experience the incredible true story of a long-forgotten, barrier-breaking artist.

    Coming from out of town?
    Specially priced lodging bundles, which include premium tickets to this event and overnight accommodations, are available through the Stone Hotel. We offer a wide variety of lodging options—from standard hotel rooms to the scenic Fay Maddy House on the shores of Green Lake. Call 231.276.7570 or email hotel@interlochen.org to secure your reservation. Available while supplies last.