Omar fact sheet 

West Coast premiere 

Composers: Rhiannon Giddens* and Michael Abels  
Libretto: Rhiannon Giddens, based on the autobiography of Omar ibn Said 
World premiere: May 27, 2022, at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina

An LA Opera co-production with Spoleto Festival USA, San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Cast:   
Omar: Jamez McCorkle* 
Johnson/Owen: Daniel Okulitch 
Auctioneer/Taylor: Barry Banks 
Omar’s Brother: Norman Garrett* 
Julie: Jacqueline Echols 
Katie Ellen: Briana Hunter* 

Creative team:   
Conductor: Kazem Abdullah* ‡  
Production: Kaneza Schaal* 
Production Designer: Christopher Myers* 
Set Designer: Amy Rubin* 
Costume Designers: April M. Hickman* and Micheline Russell-Brown*  
Lighting Designer: Lucrecia Briceno*  
Projections: Joshua Higgason 

* LA Opera debut  
‡ Alumnus of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program 

Performance dates and times:  
October 22, 2022, at 7:30pm  
October 30, 2022, at 2pm  
November 2, 2022, at 7:30pm  
November 5, 2022, at 7:30pm 
November 9, 2022, at 7:30pm 
November 13, 2022, at 2pm  

Performed in English with English supertitles   

Estimated running time: one hour, 45 minutes, including one intermission  
Venue: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012)   
All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.   

Last updated: February 6, 2022