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New Opera to premiere in Birmingham

A new Opera about the life of Helen Keller will be performed by Opera Birmingham. The opera is titled Touch and will premier in Birmingham, January 2024.

Touch will highlight the Adult life of Helen Keller, the deaf and blind activist, as well as her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy. Themes such as women’s suffrage civil rights and disability rights will be addressed. The opera also aims to reveal characteristics of Keller’s life that are often not talked about.

The show is 90 minutes long, divided among two acts. The show is written and performed in English as well as American Sign Language. Text of the opera will be projected above the performers. The orchestra will consist of: flute, bassoon, percussion, prepared piano and string trio. There will be three main singing roles to tell the story.

Opera Birmingham’s general Director, Keith A. Wolfe-Hughes, said, “It was almost like a lightning bolt hit me, we just had to do this Opera!”

Wolfe-Hughes continues and said, “It’s a story with deep Alabama connections, about two Page 2 of 4 remarkable women who worked tirelessly on so many civil rights issues.”
For more information on the opera Touch, click here.

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