EarRelevant Staff | 09 OCT 2019
ATLANTA, GA– Acclaimed dramatic soprano Angela Brown will present her signature program Opera… from a Sistah’s Point of View at Sisters Chapel on the Spelman College campus next Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm. The free community performance is part of a partnership forged between The Atlanta Opera and Spelman College.
Locally, audiences will remember Angela Brown from her portrayal of the overprotective but resilient mother, Addie, in the Atlanta Opera’s 2018 production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at Le Maison Rouge in Paris on Ponce. She is especially noted for her portrayal of heroines from Verdi’s operas — Aida, in particular, with which she made her Metroplitan Opera debut in 2004.
Traveling the world as an international opera star, Brown recalls: “I would see very few people who looked like me.” She found that what seemed like a racial divide on the surface was actually a bigger issue than race. In response, Brown created Opera… from a Sistah’s Point of View to dispels the myths and preconceived expectations of opera.
The show uses show-stopping arias, poignant art songs, and moving spirituals, combined with with tongue-in-cheek commentary, to demonstrate the ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity portrayed in opera characters, helping people from all walks of life and races enjoy opera by seeing something of themselves in it.
In Tuesday’s Spelman appearance, Ms. Brown will be accompanied by pianist Mauro Ronca, an alumnus of The Atlanta Opera Studio program. She will also lead a masterclass featuring students from Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University on Wednesday, October 16 at 3pm.