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Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Easter Sunday, 1939. Photo: World History Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

A Q&A with the Director of a New Marian Anderson Documentary

Daniel Hautzinger

Marian Anderson, who was the first Black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera and gave an unforgettable concert at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied the use of a concert hall, is the subject of a new American Masters profile. We spoke to the director.
Leontyne Price on WTTW's 'Callaway Interviews' in 1981

From the Archive: Leontyne Price

Daniel Hautzinger

"It's never been the Black artist's problem, it has been other people's problem," the legendary Leontyne Price told WTTW in 1981 about the lack of Black artists, specifically in opera. "It's so simplistic, it's fairly ridiculous." Watch excerpts of the archival interview. 
Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo and Diana Damrau as Juliette in Gounod's opera at the Met. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' at the Met

Daniel Hautzinger

On Friday, April 14 at 9:00 pm, watch the Met's production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette on Great Performances. Revisit an interview with the director Bartlett Sher by our sister station WFMT from his time in Chicago in which he discusses Shakespeare and opera, and explore photos of the production.
Lyric Opera of Chicago's World Premiere of 'Bel Canto.'

"One of the Things Art Can Do For Us": 'Bel Canto' the Opera

Daniel Hautzinger

On January 13, Great Performances broadcasts 'Bel Canto' the opera from Lyric Opera of Chicago, which gave the world premiere in December 2015.
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