The Tongue & The Lash

2018

Composer:
Damien Sneed

Librettist:
Karen Chilton

Composer website:
https://www.damiensneed.com/compositions

Composer contact:

Performance forces:
tenor, baritone, bass, chorus

Length:

Languages:
English

Notes:
In 1965, the world witnessed a historic debate between cultural giants James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr. at which they argued the motion: Is the American dream at the expense of the American Negro? Now, composer Damien Sneed and librettist Karen Chilton explore that enduring question in a new opera that imagines a post-debate conversation between Baldwin and Buckley. Commissioned by Opera Theater of Saint Louis