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Omar at Spoleto Festival

The opera Omar makes its much-anticipated world premiere at this year’s Spoleto Festival USA after two pandemic postponements. The work, which features music by Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens and composer Michael Abels, is based on the 1831 autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim scholar who was forced to leave West Africa aboard a ship for Charleston, where he was sold and enslaved. The narrative shines a light on Said’s faith and his resistance to being defined or erased by his enslavers, ensuring his spirit lives on. Directed by Kaneza Schaal and conducted by John Kennedy, the production pushes the boundaries of the art form to include traditionally untold stories and unsung voices. College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Days & times vary. $135-$45, (843) 579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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Friday, May 27, 2022 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 12, 2022 - 10:00am