Russell Thomas on Diversity, Activism, and Blackface in OperaBy Russell ThomasPosted in NOTES
"Too bad you're black."
No, I didn’t choose that title in order to be provocative or controversial. It’s a direct quote from a conductor that is/was the music director of a small Midwestern American opera company. I was 20 years old and had just sung an audition that I was actually proud of. Following the audition, as my accompanist and I were leaving the hall, the gentleman thanked me for my audition and showered me with compliments. Then, in a very serious tone he uttered those words as if he were compelled to warn me.
Hear it First: Tamara Wilson's DesdemonaBy COC StaffPosted in 18/19
Tamara Wilson, a “veritable force of nature” (Chicago Tribune), rehearses Desdemona's haunting "Ave Maria" from Verdi's Otello.
Hear it First: Angel Blue's MimìBy COC StaffPosted in 18/19
Angel Blue, “one of the outstanding voices of her generation” (Financial Times), rehearses the tender aria “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” from Act I of La Bohème. [READ MORE]