Composer Susan Kander recently sat down with host Tom Sudholt to discuss her critically acclaimed monodrama dwb (driving while black), with libretto by Roberta Gumbel, which was released on Albany Records on March 15, 2021. Called “un-missable” by The New York Observer and “searing” by The Washington Post, this chamber opera for soprano, cello, and percussion connects with the essential conversation of our day: systemic racism.
The music of Susan Kander has been heard throughout the United States and in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Mexico City, Lima, Birmingham, Vancouver, Cape Town, St. Petersburg and Guangzhou.
She has received commissions from Opera Minnesota, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Columbus Opera. Dwb (driving while black), written with Roberta Gumbel, librettist, was developed at University of Kansas School of Music and premiered in 2020 during the Covid pandemic in a streamed video co-presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York and Opera Omaha.