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After Nearly a Century, Voodoo Opera Rises Again

Harry Lawrence Freeman’s opera Voodoo has been revived in New York for its first performance since 1928. The opera centers on a character named Lolo, a Louisiana plantation worker and Voodoo priestess. In the 1920s and 30s, there was an explosion of African-American literature and music in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Some of the artists from what’s known as the Harlem Renaissance are still mainstays of American, and in some cases international culture. Those include familiar...

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