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Southern Crossings: A New Chamber Opera
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A new opera brings Polish musical talent to New York City in its world premiere on June 16 and 18.

Southern Crossings is a new chamber opera with music by Syrian-Polish composer, Zaid Jabri, and featuring the Polish accordion virtuoso, Maciej Frackiewicz. Ten years in the making, the opera’s libretto was written by Barnard professor, Yvette Christiansë and Columbia anthropologist, Rosalind Morris. This is not the first collaboration between the librettists and the composer, who studied at the Krakow Academy of Music with Krzysztof Penderecki and Zbigniew Bujarski. Their work has been featured at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, among other venues.

Southern Crossings is directed by Crystal Manich and conducted by Mark Shapiro, and features an all-star cast, including Glenn Seven Allen, Jesse Blumberg, Kearstin Piper Brown, Sarah Heltzel, Juliet Petrus and Kevin Thompson. They’ll be supported by Flux Quartet, with Jared Soldiviero on percussion and Frackiewicz contributing the accordion.

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Southern Crossings is grateful for major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination and the Society of Fellows, Heyman Center for the Humanities.



Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 7:30pm — Buy Tickets

Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 7:30pm — Buy Tickets

Tickets $25–$45. Students with official ID (and all youth under the age of 18) may receive a $10 discount on all tickets, using the code STUDID16 (for the June 16th performance), or STUDID18 (for the June 18th performance). ID must be verified at the time of admission.

Limited wheelchair access and seating is available at the rear of the center orchestra section, and may be requested by emailing Reserved companion seating is also available.