Aida's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices In Opera (W.tT.) (#2508)
With Jessye Norman performing at the Clinton inaugural, Kathleen Battle appearing as the Vatican's Easter Mass soloist and Simon Estes singing Wotan at New York's Metropolitan Opera, contemporary audiences may take for granted the prominence of African-American singers in opera. Yet it was just 50 years ago that Marian Anderson was barred from Washington's Constitution Hall, and black opera performers have trod a stony path to reach the pinnacle of today's success. Framed by archival clips and new musical sequences, "Aida's Brothers and Sisters" tells the story of African-Americans in opera from the legendary Paul Robeson to present-day students at the Harlem School for the Arts. [88 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
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