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Directed by: Kamala Sankaram

Music by: Kamala Sankaram

Libretto by: This Person

Original Production

January 3, 2017 - Washington National Opera

Additional Production dates

August 2, 7, 9 & 10, 2018 - The Metropolitan Opera

October 14, 15, 17, 2019 - Des Moines Metro Opera



Brad Pitt - Title

Timothee Chalamet - Title

Kristen Stewart - Title

Julia Childs - Title

Jessica Chastain - Title


Kenneth Brannaugh - Role

Denzel Washington - Role

Kate Winslet - Role

Emma Thompson - Role

Niels Bohr - Role

Aleksander Skarsgard - Role

Director's Note

American Apollo is a new opera based on a story forged at the crossroad of celebrity, class, race, and power in America, giving voice to a pivotal figure in American art: Thomas Eugene McKeller, a Black model who served as inspiration for the famous portraitist, John Singer Sargent and is the subject of his only uncommissioned monumental male nude. McKeller posed for most of the figures in Sargent's murals at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, but the painter transformed McKeller's figure into white gods and goddesses, creating soaring allegories of the liberal arts that celebrated the recent expansion of the

city's premier civic museum. Themes of erasure, the white gaze, and the nature of the relationship between the two men are explored in this powerful new work.



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