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Shadowboxer - Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, April 25, 2010

ShadowboxerMaryland Opera Studio

music by Frank Proto libretto by John Chenault Leon Major, director Timothy Long, conductor Erhard Rom, scenic design David Roberts, costumes Nancy Schertler, lighting design Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White, projections

Saturday, April 17 - 7:30 pm Sunday, April 18 - 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 21 - 7:30 pm Friday, April 23 - 7:30 pm Sunday, April 25 - 3:00 pm Ina and Jack Kay Theatre

The University of Maryland Opera Studio is proud to present Shadowboxer, the world premiere of a new opera based on the life of Joe Louis. One of the greatest boxers who ever lived, Louis became a hero to the whole country in an era when a black hero was all but unthinkable. Directed by Leon Major, this new opera by Frank Proto and John Chenault brings the triumph and tragedy of an American icon to new life. Learn more about the careers and lives of the people who inspired this groundbreaking work, as well as those who made Shadowboxer possible:

  Newspaper articles on Joe Louis - The media covered the life and career of Joe Louis much like the paparazzi follow today's Hollywood celebrities. Learn more about Joe's marriage to Marva Trotter, his "fight heard round the world" with Max Schmeling, and his life as the heavyweight champion of the world.

  Library resources on Joe Louis - Information about Louis's life, career, and contribution to the sport of boxing. This list includes a video and sound recording of the famous second bout between Louis and Schmeling, as well as My Life, Louis's autobiography which is an account of his extraordinary life told in the boxer's own words.

  Newspaper articles on Max Schmeling - German professional boxer and former heavyweight champion of the world Max Schmeling is most well-known due to his association with Joe Louis, but Schmeling was a boxing star in his own right as well as a successful businessman after his retirement from the sport. Read more about Schmeling's life and career in these articles from the New York Times.

   Newspaper articles on Jack Blackburn - In addition to training champion boxer Joe Louis, Jack Blackburn was a lightweight boxing champion and a sparring partner of the famed Jack Johnson. Find out more about the man who taught Joe Louis everything he knew.

   Works by Frank Proto - One of the world's most prolific composers of music for the double bass, Frank Proto was Composer-in-Residence and double bassist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1997. Learn about Proto's music through these scores held by the University of Maryland.

   Newspaper articles on director Leon Major - Well known throughout the Americas and Europe for his artful stagings and imaginative vision, director Leon Major is the head of the Maryland Opera Studio. These articles review Major's past productions with companies all over North America.

   Newspaper articles on Projection Design - An integral element in both opera and theater in the past decade, projection design allows directors to stage productions in ways never before imagined. Design team Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White have created a series of projections that provide a context for and supports the action on stage, while enhancing the audience's operatic experience. Learn more about the history of projection design and the work of Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White.

  University of Maryland Opera Studio - Check out opera at Maryland - explore the history and performance tradition of works presented by the Maryland Opera Studio, and read more about the conductors, directors, and musicians that make these productions possible.