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Celebration: Black Voices in American Opera

A partnership with the SF Opera
Tuesday, 2/20/2024
7:00 - 8:30

Educational Content Curator for the San Francisco Opera, Cole Thomason-Redus, presents a historical and musical survey of Black voices in American opera. Thomason-Redus will explore the careers and recordings of pioneers such as Camilla Williams, Simon Estes and Marian Anderson, and mid-century superstars such as Leontyne Price, along with other modern-day masters of the American opera stage. In addition to celebrating these iconic voices, we will discuss the institutional and social barriers that have often existed within the art form, and the corrective and equity-based efforts being taken today as San Francisco Opera paves the way for a new century of opera in America.

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More Than a Month recognizes important events in Black history, honors community and national leaders and fosters steps towards collective change. Programming features authors, poets and craft classes. 

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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