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Black OperaHistory, Power, Engagement$
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Naomi André

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041921

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041921.001.0001

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Black Opera across the Atlantic

Black Opera across the Atlantic

Writing Black Music History and Opera’s Unusual Place

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Black Opera

Naomi André

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides an overview of the participation of black people in opera in the United States and South Africa. Themes include the practice and legacy of minstrelsy in both countries. For the United States, the focus explores the creation of an American operatic tradition outside Europe and one that features black composers and singers. For South Africa, the focus explores the experiences of Angelo Gobbato who worked in opera through the last decades of apartheid and into the new millennium with integrated casts and Neo Muyanga (Soweto-born composer) who was educated in Europe during the last decades of apartheid and has become a leading voice in the post-apartheid black opera scene. This chapter also discusses black opera singers and the Isango Ensemble.

Keywords:   Minstrelsy in the United States, minstrelsy in South Africa, black opera in South Africa, black opera in the United States, black opera singers, Isango Ensemble, Angelo Gobbato, Neo Muyanga

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