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First Recording of Lost James P. Johnson Blues Opera ‘De Organizer,’ Libretto by Langston Hughes

September 7, 2023

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Presented by Michigan News

After only one performance at Carnegie Hall, an opera created by James P. Johnson and Langston Hughes vanished forever, or so we thought. James Dapogny, a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, uncovered an unusual manuscript in the university’s Bentley Historical Library in 1997. And in 2002, in a collaborative effort, Dapogny worked to restore the opera.

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