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Winner of the 2021 American Prize in Composition: Opera/Theater/Film/Dance – composer Dave Ragland
Mid-South Emmy® for Technical Achievement awarded to filmmaker Anthony Popolo

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On a big Election Day, Gloria, a young woman in her 20s, is squarely convinced that she does not need to go vote...that is, until she is befriended by two hidden figures from history. Will these civil rights legends convince her in time to make it to the polls? Nashville Opera is proud to present this true Nashville opera—beautifully written, composed, sung, and filmed by Nashvillians. We can’t think of a better way to mark our big 4-0!

Filmed and released in fall 2020

Music by Dave Ragland
Libretto by Mary McCallum

Directed by John Hoomes and Anthony Popolo
Adapted for the screen by Anthony Popolo
Sung in English with optional English subtitles

Running Time: 40 minutes



Tamica Nicole*


Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva

Frankie Pierce

Brooke Leigh Davis

Diane Nash

Dave Ragland


Mary McCallum*


Shelly Blair*


Cremaine Booker*


Konson Patton*


John Hoomes


Anthony Popolo


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Nashville Opera is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nashville Opera is supported, in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.