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Black Opera

Los Angeles, 16.09.21

For the second episode in the Black Opera series, Caia Lee curates a selection of arias, cantatas, oratorios, art songs, spirituals, and other historic vocal compositions and arrangements by Black composers.


  • Dorothy Rudd Moore, Hilda Harris, Kermit Moore & Wayne Sanders
    Dream Variation
  • Margaret Bonds, Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Choirs & Orchestra, Ashley Jackson 
    The Ballad Of The Brown King (1960)
  • Harry Lawrence Freeman, Crystal Charles, Darian Worrell, Gregory Hopkins, Melissa Crespo, Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, The Harlem Chamber Players
    VOODOO: Act II: Chloe’s Aria
  • William Grant Still, William Brown, Paul Freeman, London Symphony Orchestra
    Highway 1, U.S.A.: You're Wonderful, Mary
  • Joseph Bologne Chevalier De Saint-Georges, Amanda A. Keenan, Jon Lee Keenan, E. Scott Levin, Stephen Karr, Leila Núñez-Fredell, Mishkar Núñez-Fredell, Alison Spieth Perrin, Maksim Velichkin, Opera Ritrovata
    L’Amant Anonyme: No. 14: Ah! Quel Trouble
  • Scott Joplin 
    Treemonisha’s Return
  • William Grant Still , Louise Toppin, Pamela Dillard, Philip Brunelle, Ray M. Wade, Robert Honeysucker, St. Olaf Orchestra, VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
    Highway 1, USA: Part I
  • George Walker, Timothy Russell, Faye Robinson, Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra
    Lilacs For Voice And Orchestra: I
  • Leontyne Price 
    My Soul Has Been Anchored In The Lord
  • Roberta Alexander, Brian Masuda 
    Oh, What A Beautiful City
  • Harry T. Burleigh, Hilda Harris, Joseph Smith
    I Hear His Footsteps, Music Sweet
  • Odekhiren Amaize, David Korevaar 
  • Undine Smith Moore, Paige Madison, Bernard Holcomb, Harlem Opera Theater
    Scenes From The Life Of A Martyr: Set Me As A Seal On Thy Heart
  • Douglas Moore, Julia Perry, Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, William Strickland, Makiko Asakura 
    Stabat Mater
  • Florence Price, Louise Toppin
    Hold Fast To Dreams
  • Indra Thomas
    Steal Away
  • H. Leslie Adams, Denyce Graves, Laura Ward
  • Lumen Valo 
    Summer Is Gone
  • Evelyn La Rue Pittman, Moses Hogan, The Moses Hogan Singers
    Any How
  • VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers With Orchestra, Philip Brunelle 
    Mother To Son