Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story

Presented by Cincinnati Opera


Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story
Composed by Adolphus Hailstork
Libretto by David Gonzalez

Directed by Sheila Ramsey
Music conducted by James R. Cassidy, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
Sung in English with projected supertitles

Cast: Terry Cook as John  P. Parker, Andrea Jones-Sojola as Miranda Parker,
Daniel Weeks as Rev. John Rankin, Jeremy Cady as Sroufe,
John Christopher Adams as Mr. McDowell, Kearstin Piper Brown as Mrs. McDowell

After purchasing his freedom at the age of 18, John P. Parker became a successful inventor and owner of an iron foundry in Ripley, Ohio. The opera begins with Mr. Parker embarking on the most difficult mission of his long career as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. A cruel Kentucky slave owner named Sroufe, who is one of Mr. Parker's customers, drunkenly dares him to come on his land and "run away" one of his slaves. Always prepared to face a challenge, Mr. Parker overcomes a series of harrowing obstacles as he, with the support of the Ripley townspeople, succeeds in bringing the McDowell family across the river and on their way to safety. This touching story is drawn from Mr. Parker's deeply moving autobiography His Promised Land.


Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater
650 Walnut St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Downtown Neighborhood
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$15, $10 students

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