Before there was Jackie Robinson, before there was Hank Aaron, there was Josh Gibson, a Negro Leagues baseball legend who died without the opportunity to play for the Major Leagues. In this new opera, The Summer King tells Gibson’s life story of talent, heartbreak and one man’s journey to overcome prejudice and discrimination. Michigan Opera Theatr e is proud to be one of the first opera companies to produce this groundbreaking new work about a man considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

Opera in two acts by Daniel Sonenberg
Libretto by Daniel Sonenberg and Daniel Nester
Additional lyrics by Mark Campbell
Premiered in Pittsburgh, 2017

Sung in English
Running time is two hours and 12 minutes


Lester Lynch

Josh Gibson

Kenneth Kellogg

Sam Bankhead

Deborah Nansteel


Sean Pannikkar

Wendell Smith

Jaqueline Echols

Helen Gibson

Norman Shankle

Elder Barber & Gus Greenlee

Sam Helfrich


Steven Mercurio


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