The diabolically dramatic entrance aria sung by the witch Ulrica in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” holds a momentous place in the History of Classical Music, since that was the vocal piece sung by the first African American to grace the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. The vocally astounding contralto, Marian Anderson made operatic history when she sang the role of Ulrica during her one and only operatic performance in front of a live audience on January 7th, 1955.Read more "Remembering Joe Green: The Life & Art of Giuseppe Verdi, Part V"
Leontyne Price: American Diva and Aquarian of Representation Honoring Black History Month and the Birthday of a Vocal Legend by Brad Kronen To represent. Quite a challenge when the action listed above is done in the name of one’s school, one’s state, even one’s country. Imagine doing so for one’s race. When one is given the responsibility […]Read more "Leontyne Price – American Diva and Aquarian of Representation"