Celebrating Black History Month!
This week we are celebrating Black History Month by sharing some of our favorite artists of color who inspire us! This was not a hard task at all, as there are so many amazing performing artists of color. I’m so excited to get to share with you four of the best with you from the operatic and musical theatre scene.
Lawrence Brownlee is one of the modern day kings of the high C. His voice most closely resembles my own out of all of my examples and I often listen to his recordings for repertoire I am learning. I love Lawrence Brownlee and his gorgeous high voice. He is one of very few tenors or color who sing the Rossini/Donizetti repertoire and is a very special singer to me.
Audra McDonald is one of my all-time favorite singers of anything. She could literally stand onstage and read from the phone book and it would probably make you cry. Audra is an alum of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Program, and while she ultimately went a different direction from opera, her classical training still shines through in her singing.
2016 Tony Award Winner Cynthia Erivo is the only performer of my list that I’ve been lucky enough to see live. Cynthia starred in several West End productions before making her star-making Broadway debut in the Tony Winning 2015 revival of the Color Purple. He ability to lose herself in a performance and embody a character is what I admire about her most.
This video speaks for itself, but Leontyne Price is a show-stopper (LITERALLY). If you watch the above video, her singing is met with a nearly three-minute standing ovation mid-performance. She is an extraordinary artist who is loved by opera lovers across the globe.