Headshots of poet Porsha Olayiwola and composer Mason Bynes

The Wanderer’s Tethering

April 6, 2024 | 3:00 PM

Boston Lyric Opera returns to the Prior Performing Arts Center at Holy Cross with the song cycle “The Wanderer’s Tethering.” This piece, which BLO premiered in June 2023, combines poetry by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola and music by Boston-based composer, vocalist, and multimedia artist Mason Bynes. It follows the story of Tobi, a descendant of the Igbo community whose members were stolen from modern-day Nigeria and led a revolt on the shores of Georgia in 1803. Bynes’ music merges Negro spirituals and Igbo folkloric music, reflecting the transformation experienced by the contemporary protagonist as she claims her own identity. The program will also include stirring selections of vocal music and string quartets performed by BLO artists and Castle of Our Skins.


Poetry by Porsha Olayiwola
Music by Mason Bynes
Commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera With Lead Commissioning Support by Merrill Family Charitable Foundation
Premiered by Boston Lyric Opera in June 2023

“Porsha’s libretto pierced my soul as far as identity is concerned… Especially the idea of not knowing where you come from because all records of your story were burned or destroyed.”
— Mason Bynes


April 6, 2024
3:00 PM


$45 | $30 | $20

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The Prior Performing Arts Center

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