William Grant Still (Playwright)
Langston Hughes (Libretto)
1 March, 1 April, 1 May, 1949
Set in Haiti in 1791, Troubled Island portrays Jean Jacques Dessalines (1758–1806) and the corruption of his leadership in the Haitian revolution. He declared himself as emperor of an independent Haiti but was assassinated by opponents.
The opera premiered at the New York City Opera on March 31, 1949, notably making it the first grand opera composed by an African American to be produced by a major company. (Source: Wikipedia)