Enjoy this full final performance from The 2022 96-Hour Opera Project: Stories that Resonate!
Title: Before the Last Meter
Composer: Saman Shahi
Librettist: Isabella Dawis
Story Partner: Fulton County Library System
Soprano: Alejandra Sandoval
Tenor: Pedro Carreras, Jr.
Pianist: Andrew Bayles
Director: J. L. Reed
"When discussing the 1996 Olympics and Paralympics with the Fulton County Library, we were struck by a tension inherent in the city of Atlanta. The epic dreams of success on a global stage — and the lasting wounds of the systematic, racialized displacement of vulnerable residents. Our opera explores and humanizes these themes of ambition, home,
and visibility. We also set out to create a role for a singer with a physical challenge or disability, which has been a real highlight of the process."