Margaret Garner is based on a true story of a runaway slave who sacrifices her children rather than see them returned to slavery: a story that also inspired Morrison's novel Beloved.
The radio feature includes interviews with Danielpour, Morrison, anthropologist Delores Walters, the pastor of the church that the historical Garner attended, and a descendent of Garner's owner.
The opera was co-commissioned by Michigan Opera Theater, Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Company of Philadelphia. It runs at MOT through May 22, moves to Cincinnati Opera in July, and goes to the OCP in February 2006.
The world-premiere production, which will be presented by all three companies, features mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in the title role as well as baritones Rodney Gilfrey and Gregg Baker. Stefan Lano is the conductor; Kenny Leon directs.
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