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.
The most remarkable thing about this opera is that it tells the stories of six incredible people in their own words. Their voices were silenced for more than 120 years of imprisonment combined. The opera Blind Injustice has not only given them back their voices, but it has done so in a way that will be heard through the rafters of Music Hall and beyond.
If opera heightens our emotional experience of life, to inspire its listeners to be more fully human, Porgy and Bess, because it is challenging, demands that we resolve to struggle, to try again.
Each show takes us behind the scenes to reveal that the artists who transport us as performers are still humans, with all their faults and foibles. In Ariadne auf Naxos, librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and composer Richard Strauss go one step further, by poking gentle fun at themselves as well as their characters.
For anyone, anywhere, who sees this opera, there is a spark of recognition in the longing to be loved that each character reveals.
The classic story of the “star-cross’d lovers” has inspired artists across the spectrum of creative imagination, from orchestral fantasies to ﬁlm, ballet, and the Broadway stage