A small step toward correcting the overwhelming whiteness of Opera

Kenya Lawrence Jackson and Tyrone Chambers star in OperaCréole’s production of Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert’s “La Flamenca.”   PHOTOGRAPH BY CEDRIC ELLSWORTH / NOLAVIEUX PHOTOGRAPHY

Kenya Lawrence Jackson and Tyrone Chambers star in OperaCréole’s production of Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert’s “La Flamenca.”
PHOTOGRAPH BY CEDRIC ELLSWORTH / NOLAVIEUX PHOTOGRAPHY

THE NEW YORKER
By Lucy Caplan | May 18, 2017 | Full article »

Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert’s 1903 opera, “La Flamenca,” according to the tenor Tyrone Chambers, “challenges music history.” Having lain dormant since its première, in Paris, a hundred and fourteen years ago, the opera will be heard on Friday for the first time in the United States. The performance, in New Orleans, by OperaCréole, marks a symbolic homecoming: Lambert, born in Paris, was the son of a prominent black musician who had emigrated from Louisiana to France. Chambers, who will play one of the lead roles, understands the significance of the event. “We’re going to perform an opera by a black man who was born and lived in Paris, and a majority of us who will perform his work are also people of color,” he said. “That’s a powerful statement.” Continue reading »

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