Video Published: 17 Nov 2021

SHADE: A Conversation About Race, Culture and Identity in Opera

As the opera industry and the broader field of Western classical music continue to engage diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, many conversations are still waiting in the proverbial wings — namely, issues of colorism and the cultural implications of a continued focus on Western European aesthetics in arts spaces. The Black Opera Alliance has taken on the role of facing these issues head-on and invites musicians, administrators, and professionals across the arts to join them in an upcoming webinar focused on humanizing the data that is being collected and sharing the narratives that do not always take center stage. This webinar is presented by the Black Opera Alliance.

In addition to hearing from the Black Opera Alliance’s Leadership Council and its broader membership on distinctions between race, culture, and identity, the event features special guests Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, and Sandra Seaton, American playwright, librettist, and recipient of the Mark Twain Award from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature.

 

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