Metropolitan Opera Guild to Pay Tribute to Marian Anderson October 19

Classic Arts News   Metropolitan Opera Guild to Pay Tribute to Marian Anderson October 19
 
The Metropolitan Opera Guild will pay tribute to contralto Marian Anderson at an event at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on October 19.

The event, which will include panel discussions and film footage of Anderson in performance, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Anderson's debut at the Met on January 7, 1955. Anderson was the first African American to sing a principal role at the opera house (soprano Helen Phillips sang with the Met's chorus eight years earlier).

Among the singers scheduled to speak at the event are Harolyn Blackwell, Grace Bumbry, Vinson Cole, Denyce Graves, Shirley Verrett, and Roberta Peters, who appeared with Anderson in her Met debut. Allan Keiler, the author of Marian Anderson: A Singer's Journey, will moderate a panel.

Tickets are $50-$125 and are available through the Met Guild at 212-769-7009 or www.metguild.org, the Alice Tully Hall box office, or CenterCharge at 212-721-6500.

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