Chandler Carter Composer


Strange Fruit received its world premiere on June 15, 2007 at Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Long Leaf Opera.

Benjamin Keaton, music director
Randolph Umberger, stage director
Chenault Spence, lighting designer

CAST (in order of appearance)

Denise Payton (Anderson)
Jai Le’ Carlos Smith (Sam Parry)
Robert Hughes (Ed Anderson)
Caryl Price (Alma Deen)
Charles Stanton (Tracy Deen)
Nicolle Alexandre (Dorothy)
Nathan Jones (Clay)
Kerry Jennings (R.T.)
Rita Addico (Dessie)
Jay Boschon (Carl)
Erina Newkirk (Nonnie Anderson)
Jason McKinney (Big Henry)
Michael Killbridge (Brother Dunwoodie)
John Cashwell (Tom Harris)

A concert performance of scenes from Strange Fruit was presented by New York City Opera on May 8, 2003 as part of the VOX 2003 showcase.


Adina Aaron (Nonnie)
Joseph Kaiser (Tracy)
Tamara Haskin (Bess)
Michael-Demby Cain (Ed)
Edward Pleasant (Sam)
Alison Trainer (Dorothy)
Jennifer Dawn Hines (Alma)
Bert K. Johnson (Clay)
Stephen Gross, conductor

Recent Performances

The Harlem School of the Arts presents "Strange Fruit in Concert" in association with New York City Opera

The Harlem School of the Arts presented "Strange Fruit in Concert" on Friday, February 27 and Sunday, March 1, 2009 in association with New York City Opera. See New York Times review.