Koanga (includes La Calinda)
Frederick Delius

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Re-entry. 1st of 2 entries for Delius this year.

An opera? By Delius? They might not be his most famous works, but the French composer actually wrote three operas: Fennimore and Gerda, Koanga, and his better known masterpiece, A Village Romeo and Juliet.

Koanga, written between 1896 and 1897, is one of the first European operas to base its musical material on African-American music. It tells the tale of Koanga, an African Prince and Voodoo Priest, living on a Mississippi River plantation in Louisiana. Anyone expecting the lush strains of the British countryside so often embodied in Delius' music might be forced to think again: look out for dark magic, slavery, and tragedy in this most unusual composition.