Dialogues on Opera and the African-American Experience

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Wallace Cheatham
Scarecrow Press, 1997 - Music - 185 pages
Opera audiences around the world are swept away by the magnificent voices of African-American singers like Leontyne Price, Kathleen Battle, and Jessye Norman. But growth opportunities for African-American opera singers are comparatively recent. Thus, Cheatham's work is especially timely and relevant. He engages in conversations with ten prominent African-American operatic artists: Carmen deLavallade, Andrew Frierson, Everett Lee, Sylvia Olden Lee, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Benjamin Matthews, Wayne Sanders, George Shirley, Shirley Verrett, and William Warfield. In their conversations with Cheatham, these artists candidly discuss the uniqueness of being African-American within the operatic mainstream. They also articulate their inspiration, their dedication, and their travails as they rose within the opera world. With photographs.
 

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Contents

Carmen de Lavallade Involvement in Opera from the Perspective of a Dancer and Choreographer
1
Andrew Frierson A Singer Speaks Out on Racism and Other Issues
9
Everett Lee Counsel from the Podium
25
Sylvia Olden Lee Lady Sylvia Speaks
43
Dorothy Rudd Moore With Whom the Score Begins
69
Benjamin Matthews and Wayne Sanders And the Dream Became Reality to Dwell with Us
75
George Shirley a Renowned Divo Speaks
99
Shirley Verret A Renowned Diva Speaks
135
William Warfield Done Made My Vow
159
Selected Bibliography
171
Index
173
About the Contributors
185
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About the author (1997)

\Wallace McClain Cheatham is a composer and music specialist at Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has published articles in The Black Perspective on Music and Black Music Research Journal.

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