The Spoleto Festival USA features a new version of the opera "Amistad" during its 17-day season that opens today in Charleston, S.C.
The opera tells of the 1839 revolt by Africans enslaved on the schooner Amistad. The festival opening coincides with a visit from the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a replica of the original that sails from port to port telling the story of the revolt.
The opera by Anthony Davis premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago 11 years ago, the same year the Steven Spielberg film about the Amistad was released. For Spoleto, Davis has reworked part of the score.