In this live-audience recording, author of “Black Opera” Naomi Andre and bass opera singer Morris Robinson - star of Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 production of “Porgy and Bess” - sit down with Evans to discuss the African American operatic experience.
Naomi Andre attended Westtown School
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