Movin' Up in the World | Opera Memphis

 

30 DAYS OF OPERATHE MCCLEAVE PROJECT

 
Movin' Up In The World, as part of the McCleave Project, received funding from OPERA America's Innovation Grants, which are generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
The McCleave Project is also funded by

Movin' Up In the World

Libretto by Jerre Dye
Music by Zach Redler

Dennis Whitehead Darling, Stage director
Michael Sakir, music director
Darren Stokes, Singer
 

Sung in English

All performances are free to attend.

It is the evening of April 3, 1968.  Mister John, elevator operator at the Sears Crosstown Building, has just been promoted.  As he trains his replacement, he remembers his father, whose example allowed him to become the man he is.

Movin' Up in the World premiered as a part of the Ghosts of Crosstown project in 2014. In 2018, it was brought back as a featured opera in the Midtown Opera Festival and was directed by innaugural McCleave Fellow Dennis Whitehead Darling and performed by Darren Stokes. This season it is revived as the featured opera of 30 Days of Opera 2018, once again directed by Darling and performed by Stokes.

To learn more about the McCleave Project and Fellowships, click HERE.

 

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Catch Movin' Up in the World at one of these events.
 

Memphis SLIM - Movin' Up in the World
with IRIS Artist Fellows

Location: Memphis SLIM Collaboratory, 1130 College St., Memphis, TN 38106
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
Time: 7 PM
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Levitt Shell
Featuring Movin' Up in the World
with IRIS Artist Fellows

Location: 1928 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
Time: 7 PM
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Health Sciences Park
Performance of Movin' Up in the World
with IRIS Artist Fellows

Location: Madison Ave & S Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
Time: 12 PM
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Clayborn Temple - Movin' Up in the World
with IRIS Artist Fellows

Location: 294 Hernando St, Memphis, TN 38126
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
Time: 7 PM
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Living Hope Block Party

Location: 815 N McLean Blvd, Memphis, TN 38107
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Time: 2 - 7 PM,
Free performances at 2 PM and 5 PM
Performance of Movin' Up in the World at 6 PM with community Q&A afterwards
Activities throughout the day including children's arts and crafts, face painting, costume photo booth, and refreshments. 
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