Atom Egoyan, director * "GUEST OF HONOR" * #24SofiaIFF
Opera 'Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai' Staged for Chinese Guests of Honor
Shah's Visit A Triumph (1959)
The Soldiers choir from the opera Faust by Gounod
A Guest of Honor was the first opera created by celebrated ragtime composer Scott Joplin. The focus of the production was the 1901 White House dinner hosted by President Theodore Roosevelt for the civil rights leader and educator Booker T. Washington. The event was politically polarizing, with Roosevelt receiving an uncommon level of criticism from his political opponents for entertaining the African-American leader.