An American Execution

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Meet Our Team

Stinney News

Mike Repper

Conductor/ Music Director

David Smooke

Co-producer


Stinney is an opera set in Alcolu, South Carolina in 1944. The story is told from the perspective of two  young murder victims: Mary Emma Thames and Betty June Binnicker. The girls guide the audience through the repercussions of their horrific deaths and the ensuing trial of George Stinney, a fourteen-year-old African American boy and the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century.

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Ben Shaver

Choir Master

World Premiere

May 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM

May 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM

at 2640 Space

2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore MD

STinney Opera World Premiere: MAy 15 & 16 at 2640 Space
2640 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD


Ticket holders are invited to join us for a lecture on the historical basis of this work  at 7:00 on May 15th and 16th at 2640 Space.