Obeah Opera

Asah Productions Toronto
  • July 2019

  • July 15, 2019

    The first woman accused of witchcraft in Salem was an enslaved Caribbean. This opera tells her story

    By: Lucius Dechausay

    You may have seen Obeah Opera's world premiere at Luminato a few weeks ago, but if you know about its decade long journey to get to that stage, you may think creator and composer Nicole Brooks conjured up some Black girl magic.

    "It's taken ten years to really get the vision and the complete version up on its feet," says Brooks. "My soul is not going to rest until this piece becomes what it is supposed to be." It began with a ten-minute performance workshopped at bcurrent, expanding on the story of... Read more

  • June 2019

  • June 17, 2019

    Luminato brings a new version of the a cappella telling of the Salem Witch trials to Toronto

    By: Wayne Leung 

    Obeah Opera tells the story of the Salem witch trials from the perspective of the first woman accused: a Caribbean slave named Tituba. Sung through entirely a cappella, the latest incarnation of this surprisingly vibrant and uplifting show is currently presented in Toronto as part of the Luminato Festival.

    Like most people, I’m most familiar with the Salem witch trials and the character of Tituba from Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible.Miller’s play and indeed most of the written history of that period... Read more

  • June 5, 2019

    Illuminating Thoughts: Nicole Brooks on Obeah Opera

    Ten years ago she was told it could never be done — it was too big, too unconventional, too diverse, too much about women — now, artist Nicole Brooks is reveling in the success of her creation, Obeah Opera. 

    By: Nicole Brooks

    Revolutionary creator Nicole Brooks shares her inspiration for Obeah Opera, the importance of purely vocal storytelling, and how she believes art can go beyond "edutainment" and give voice to the voiceless.

    Tell us about the journey of you went on to get the original concept of Obeah Opera to what will... Read more

  • October 17, 2018