Hearing in Color's "Undying Love”
Based on the rap song of the same title by Nas, Undying Love is a tragic love story set in 1960s Queens, NY. For one night only immerse yourself in a story that fuses rap and Verismo opera, re-contextualizing the narrative of the song it was inspired by, and based in the wellspring of Black culture.
When & Where
Nov 12, 2021, 7:00 PM
The Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644, USA
About the Event
Hearing in Color announces its plans for Undying Love. Written and composed by Chicago-native Steve Wallace, the performance marks Hearing in Color’s first opera and collaboration with WFMT-98.7 FM, Chicago’s top classical music radio station. Based on the song of the same title by hip-hop artist and rapper Nas, Undying Love is a tragic love story set in 1960 Queens, New York. The show finds itself at the intersection of two story-telling mediums — rap and verismo opera — recontextualizing the narrative of the rap song it was inspired by and based in the wellspring of African-American culture. Undying Love stars soprano Whitney Morrison as Angela, tenor Curtis Bannister as Carlos, tenor Tyrese Byrd as Jesse, and baritone Brian K. Major as Taylor. Accompanying this standout cast is the ensemble, D-Composed, a Chicago-based chamber music experience that honors Black creativity and culture through the music of Black composers. The 60-minute performance will be lightly-staged.