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The Central Park Five
PREMIERE6/15/2019
COMPOSERAnthony Davis   
LIBRETTISTRichard Wesley   
 
Synopsis
The opera is based on the 1989 incident in which a woman was raped and beaten and eight other people injured in New York's Central Park. Five African-American and Hispanic teenagers were convicted of assault and other charges; they served years in prison but were ultimately exonerated. The opera's large cast includes the five teenagers; five of their parents; Matias Reyes, the serial rapist ultimately proven to be the actual perpetrator; the prosecutor; a generic detective referred to as "The Masque"; and even Donald Trump, then a New York real estate developer, who published multiple full page newspaper ads demanding "Bring back the death penalty!"
MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
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310The Central Park Five3
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This work ranks as the #113 most produced North American title since 2000.
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