Black History Month
February was Black History Month! Austin Opera celebrated with artist spotlights, conversations, and exclusive performances highlighting the artistry and contribution of Black singers to the world of opera.
Black History Month on Live from Indy Terrace
Baritone Ryan Speedo Green, who will sing on the upcoming An All-Star Concert, sits down for a rousing conversation with Annie Burridge and author Daniel Bergner to discuss his extraordinary rise to fame from unexpected beginnings and how the book Sing for Your Life came to be.
This episode spotlights baritone Donnie Ray Albert and his storied international career as an opera singer and professor. Enjoy excerpts from our productions of Aida and The Manchurian Candidate along with clips from Fort Worth Opera’s Bernadette’s Cozy Book Nook and the Sarah & Ernest Butler Performance Series production of Giving Voice. Annie Burridge leads the conversation.
Mezzo-soprano Tesia Kwarteng with pianist Walker J. Jackson perform a program of all Black women composers from the National Opera Center.
Bonus: A Special Edition episode of Live from Indy Terrace featuring baritone Will Liverman, who will make his official Long Center debut in a future season (announcement forthcoming!). This episode originally aired on June 5, 2020, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, and features a message from Annie Burridge.
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Visit our partners at Black Pearl Books!
Meet our local partners!
Starting February 2, Austin Opera has arranged for fifty complimentary copies of Sing for Your Life to picked up from independent bookseller Black Pearl Books, first-come-first-served, during their regular business hours.
Black Pearl is located inside Ten Thousand Villages at 4803 Burnet Road. Pick up Sing For Your Life while supplies last!