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Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial

I was just listening to Marian Anderson, the American contralto, and remembered hearing the story of her concert debacle/triumph in Washington, DC, in 1939. Anderson was considered the greatest contralto of her generation and she had had great success on the concert circuit in Europe. (Interestingly, she didn’t like to perform in operas, although she sang many opera arias in recital.) She was scheduled to sing in Constitution Hall in DC because it was the only place large enough to hold her audience. That is, until the Daughters of the American Revolution, who owned the hall, found out that Anderson was, well, you know, black, and there would be none of that in their hall, thank you very much. After much drama, Eleanor Roosevelt — who resigned from the DAR as a result of this — arranged for Anderson to perform on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of 75,000. (You can see the performance on YouTube right here.) A very nice poke in the eye to the DAR and a huge success for Anderson and African-Americans. Plus, she’s an extraordinarily fabulous vocalist and it’s wonderful for her to get the audience she deserved.

And more power to the contraltos of the world!

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Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q3

Opera Man

The listening for the third quarter of 2010 was monothematic: Opera with a vengeance. I’ve always loved opera and I finally took the time to go to the main branch of the public library here and check out as many CDs as I could possibly listen to. It was such as long list that I can only mention the composers/performers and not the individual pieces.

[Disclaimer: I actually can’t stand Adam Sandler but I couldn’t pass up Opera Man for this occasion.]

Operas by:

  • Mark Adamo
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Adès
  • Louis Andriessen
  • Dominick Argento
  • Thomas Arne
  • Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
  • Samuel Barber
  • Béla Bartók
  • Vincenzo Bellini
  • Alban Berg
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Georges Bizet
  • John Blow
  • Alexander Borodin
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Daniel Catán
  • Luigi Cherubini
  • Aaron Copland
  • Manuel de Falla
  • Léo Delibes
  • Frederick Delius
  • Gaetano Donizetti
  • Antonín Dvořák
  • George Enesco
  • Peter Eötvös
  • Carlisle Floyd
  • George Gershwin
  • W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
  • Umberto Giordano
  • Philip Glass
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Paul Hindemith
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Franz Lehár
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Bohuslav Martinů
  • Pietro Mascagni
  • Gian-Carlo Menotti
  • Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante
  • Douglas S. Moore
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Modest Mussorgsky
  • Jacques Offenbach
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Francis Poulenc
  • Giacomo Puccini
  • Henry Purcell
  • Jean Philippe Rameau
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Gioachino Rossini
  • Antonio Salieri
  • Arnold Schoenberg
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini
  • Johann Strauss Ⅱ
  • Richard Strauss
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Richard Teitelbaum
  • Ambroise Thomas
  • Virgil Thomson
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Richard Wagner
  • William Walton
  • Carl Maria von Weber
  • Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin
  • Yehudi Wyner

Lieder/Songs by:

  • Amy Beach
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Aaron Copland
  • Manuel de Falla
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Charles Ives
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Julián Orbón
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Richard Strauss

Albums by:

  • Bryn Terfel
  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Christina Högman
  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Elīna Garanča
  • Enrico Caruso
  • Jessye Norman
  • Magdalena Kožená
  • Maria Callas
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Renée Fleming
  • Simone Kermes
  • Sumi Jo
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