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Meet the Creative Team for Anna Hunter

What’s it like to premiere a new opera about the Historic city of Savannah? We asked our creative team behind the Anna Hunter project about their experiences with this legacy.

Michael Ching, Composer of Anna Hunter

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a composer, lyricist, librettist, and songwriter based in Iowa.

How does is feel performing in a world premiere in a role nobody else has ever created before?

With the same cast for a May reading and an August workshop, I’ve been able to tweak the opera for the performers, especially Maria, who plays Anna.

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A Unique Collaboration

Our composer in residence, Michael Ching, has been working alongside respected Savannah biographer and published author A. Louise Staman who will be launching RESTORING LOST TIMES – Savannah’s Anna Colquitt Hunter to coincide with the opera premiere and will be at every production with signed copies of her new book hot off the press. Take the opportunity to pre-order your signed copy in advance at www.alouisestaman.com/pre-order-books.

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See the world premiere of Anna Hunter

The Festival returns to Savannah this November, for the premiere of another specially commissioned Savannah-centric opera, Anna Hunter, The Spirit of Savannah starring soprano and Festival Executive Director and co-founder Maria Zouves in the lead role. Michael Ching, who composed Anna and her predecessor, Alice Ryley, will again put his masterful skills to work, bringing to life the music for “Anna.”

This comedic piece focuses on the remarkable work of Anna Hunter, who assembled a group of women – they came to be known as “The Seven Ladies” – to persuade bankers and businessmen to help them preserve Savannah’s historic structures by portraying them as financial assets to the city.

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