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Mary Cardwell Dawson to be Inducted Into The North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame


(Photo credit: Library of Congress) The North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame has announced its 2024 inductees. Among the recipients is North Carolina native Mary Cardwell Dawson. Dawson founded the National Negro Opera Company in 1941, which while it was short lived due to Dawson’s death in 1962, the company produced over 110 opera and broke barriers for singers of {…}


Pittsburgh Opera to Present ‘The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson,’ Announces Community Events


Pittsburgh Opera will present “The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson” this April. The showcase, which features original music by Carlos Simon as well as additional music from Bizet, opens on April 27 and runs through May 5, 2024. The work is inspired by the true story of the founder of the National Negro Opera Company in Pittsburgh in 1941. It {…}


Denyce Graves to Headline Washington National Opera’s ‘The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson’


Denyce Graves is set to headline Washington National Opera’s “The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson” this January. The work, which will be presented at the Terrace Theater on Jan. 20 – 22, 2023 (three performances with two on the 22nd), will feature Graves in the role of Dawson, the founder of the National Negro Opera Company. Carlos Simon and Sandra {…}


NEC Unveils Portrait of Pioneering Black Artist Mary Caldwell Dawson


Photo: Andrew Hurlbut New England Conservatory (NEC) unveiled a new portrait of Mary Cardwell Dawson by Iris Lee Marcus, which will be on permanent display at the conservatory’s Blumenthal Family Library. The painting recognizes her trailblazing career as a singer and her founding of the National Negro Opera Company (NNOC) in Pittsburgh in 1941. Dawson’s opera company provided Black artists {…}

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Pittsburgh Opera Announces New Rideshare Voucher Program


Pittsburgh Opera is set to debut a rideshare voucher program to facilitate patrons getting to and from their opera performances. The new program is funded by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and will let Pittsburgh Opera ticket buyers add $60 of Uber Vouchers to their Pittsburgh Opera ticket purchase, at no extra cost. The performances eligible for the program include ” {…}


Jonnet Solomon Joins Pittsburgh Opera’s Board of Directors


Jonnet Solomon has been named to Pittsburgh Opera’s Board of Directors. Solomon is a founding member and the Executive Director of National Opera House, “a nonprofit organization working to restore and maintain the historic headquarters of the National Negro Opera Company (NNOC), the first African-American opera company in the United States.” She holds an Accounting degree from Duquesne University and {…}


‘Works & Process’ To Preview Glimmerglass Festival Premieres


Works & Process at the Guggenheim is set to present “Glimmerglass Festival New Works” on May 22, 2022. The showcase will feature excerpts from numerous works that are set to appear at the Glimmerglass Festival’s upcoming 2022 edition. Among the works that will be previewed are Damien Geter and Lila Palmer’s “Holy Ground;” Ken Ludwig’s “Tenor Overboard;” Kamala Sankaram and {…}


Pittsburgh Opera and National Opera House Announce New Partnership


Pittsburgh Opera and the National Opera House have announced a long-term programmatic and strategic partnership. The National Opera House is the steward of the legacy of the National Negro Opera Company, the first African-American opera company in the United States and was founded in Pittsburgh by Mary Cardwell Dawson in 1941 and operated until her death in 1962. The House, {…}


Latonia Moore, Christine Goerke, Gabriella Reyes, Denyce Graves, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Reginald Smith, Jr. Headline Washington National Opera’s 2022-23 Season


The Washington National Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. The season kicks off with Brenna Corner’s production of “Il Trovatore” starring Latonia Moore, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Christopher Maltman, and Ryan Speedo Green. Michele Gamba conducts. Performance Dates: Oct 22 – Nov. 7, 2022  Next up is Strauss’ “Elektra” with Christine Goerke in the title role. The cast also {…}