Black Voices Rise: African American Artists at the Met, 1955–1985 (CD)

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Black Voices Rise (CD)
African American Artists at the Met, 1955–1985

Coinciding with the opening of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess to inaugurate the 2019–20 season, the Met released a new CD compilation celebrating the stellar artistry of Black singers on the company’s famous stage. Black Voices Rise: African American Artists at the Met, 1955–1985 showcases live performances by some of the nation’s most celebrated and history-making singers, including Marian Anderson, who broke the Met’s color barrier with her debut in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in 1955. Other notable artists featured include Leontyne Price, Grace Bumbry, Shirley Verrett, Kathleen Battle, Robert McFerrin, and George Shirley, among many others. This recording also includes rare excerpts from the 1985 company-premiere production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, starring Simon Estes and Roberta Alexander in the title roles.

Track Listing
1. Marian Anderson
“Zitti...l’incanto non dèssi turbare—Re dell’abisso, affrettati” from Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
2. Robert McFerrin
“Pari siamo!” from Verdi’s Rigoletto
3. Mattiwilda Dobbs
“Les oiseaux dans la charmille” from Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
4. Reri Grist
“Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
5. Leontyne Price
“Qui Radamès verrà! ... O patria mia” from Verdi’s Aida
6. George Shirley
“Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
7. Grace Bumbry
“Quand je vous aimerai? … L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Habanera) from Bizet’s Carmen
8. Martina Arroyo
“D’amor sull’ali rosee” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore
9. Shirley Verrett
“Vissi d’arte“ from Puccini’s Tosca
10. Leona Mitchell
“Surta è la note ... Ernani! Ernani, involami” from Verdi’s Ernani
11. Kathleen Battle
“Giunse alfin il momento … Deh vieni non tardar“ from Mozart’s Le Nozze
di Figaro
12. Jessye Norman
“Dich, teure Halle” from Wagner’s Tannhäuser
13. Barbara Hendricks
“Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren“ from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
14. Florence Quivar
“My Man’s Gone Now” from The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
15. Simon Estes and Roberta Alexander
“Bess, You Is My Woman Now” from The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

 



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The program notes were poorly written. Aida is an Ethiopian princess, not an Egyptian princess. And Jessye Norman sang the New Prioress, not the First Prioress, in Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Juanita Jackson, February 2020
Familiarity: Age Range: 55-64

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