Judith Still, daughter of composer William Grant Still, shared:
“I might mention that the Metropolitan Opera gave him (William Grant Still) an appointment to show them a score of TROUBLED ISLAND, but when he arrived and they saw he was the “wrong color” they left him in the outer office for four hours but would not see him. No apologies given.”
The March 31, 1949 world premiere of TROUBLED ISLAND by the New York City Opera was greeted with 22 curtain calls. The opera has never been staged again in the United States. The Black Swan Theatre & Opera Company has scheduled TROUBLED ISLAND at UCL in London Sep. 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.
Metropolitan Opera soprano Latonia Moore is scheduled to sing the aria ‘Sunset in the Garden” from TROUBLED ISLAND Opera June 29, 2020 at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall.