National Sawdust and the Metropolitan Opera’s New Series ‘Opera Evolved’

Photo credit: Zenith Richards, Paola Kudacki, Met Opera “Opera Evolved” is National Sawdust and the Metropolitan Opera’s new programming partnership. Throughout the 2023-24 season, National Sawdust will showcase conversations with composers and artists that focus on the contemporary operas featured at the Met this season. They will highlight and explore the ways opera is evolving today and discuss the inner-workings {…}

Tulsa Opera to Commemorate Centennial of Tulsa Race Masscare With Concert Featuring World Premieres by Black Composers

Tulsa Opera is set to commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 1, 2021. The showcase, which is entitled “Greenwood Overcomes,” will feature songs and arias by living Black composers, performed by Black opera artists. The concert will feature four Tulsa Opera-commissioned world premieres by such composers as David Bontemps, Anthony Davis, Stewart Goodyear, Nkeiru Okoye, and {…}

Manhattan School of Music Announces Inaugural Roster of Artists Scholars

Manhattan School of Music, one of the premier music schools in the United States, announced a roster of 24 Black artists ranging from instrumentalists to educators, authors, activists, composers, and singers to become Artists Scholars. The illustrious roster includes Pulitzer Prize winning composer Anthony Davis, classical pianist Lara Downes, and novelist Tayari Jones. The Artists Scholars will take part in {…}