Congratulations Anthony Davis for winning The 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Music for The Central Park Five announced this morning, May 4th 2020. Congratulations to Long Beach Opera, the cast, Conductor Leslie Dunner and Long Beach Artistic Director, Andreas Mitisek for having the vision and determination to produce this important opera
Opera News has called UC San Diego Music Professor Anthony Davis A National Treasure, for his pioneering work in opera. His six operas include works centered on recent historical figures & events, including Malcolm X and Patty Hearst. Davis’ latest opera The Central Park Five, an exploration of the wrongful conviction of five teenagers of color in NYC in the 1980s, premiered at Long Beach Opera in 2019 to international acclaim. In this conversation with UC San Diego Music Professor Emeritus Cecil Lytle, Davis explains the genesis of The Central Park Five, and the challenges that ensue when art collides with current events.