Frederick Douglass, Music by Ulysses Kay…World Premiere, New Jersey State Opera… [poster]
Poster advertising the world premiere of African American composer Ulysses Kay’s three-act opera, Frederick Douglass.
Composed in 1979–1985 in collaboration with white librettist Donald Dorr, the opera was Kay’s final composition.¹
The opera, which dramatizes the final years of abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass, was produced by the New Jersey State Opera and first performed in Newark Symphony Hall on April 14, 1991.
The poster by African American painter and illustrator Donald L. Miller (noted for the “King Mural” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington) depicts a heroic portrait of Douglass and two vignettes from the opera.
A native of Arizona, composer Ulysses Kay previously collaborated with Donald Dorr on the three-act opera Jubilee (1976), based on a 1966 novel of the same name by Margaret Walker concerning slavery, lynching, and emancipation in the Reconstruction South.
Description: Frederick Douglass, Music by Ulysses Kay…World Premiere, New Jersey State Opera… [poster]
[Newark, New Jersey, 1991]. Illustrated Broadside or Poster. 26½ x 19 inches. Offset Color Lithograph. Faint crease in lower margin; near fine to fine.
Note. 1. Columbia University Libraries Online Exhibitions | Ulysses Kay: Twentieth Century Composer accessed online