Traveling the world as an international opera star, Angela Brown noticed something about audiences. “I would see very few people who looked like me,” says Brown. On the surface, it looked like a racial divide, but when Brown performed at schools and universities across the country, she realized the gap was bigger than race. This compelled her to create her show Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View that dispels the myths surrounding the sometimes-intimidating art form called opera. Through her not-so-serious takes on the opera stories and by demonstrating the ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic diversity portrayed in opera characters, she helps people from all walks of life and races find themselves in and enjoy opera. She blows up the preconceived expectations of opera by mixing show-stopping arias, poignant art songs, and moving spirituals with tongue-in-cheek commentary. The show breaks down barriers for audiences that wouldn’t necessarily include opera as a part of their entertainment options. Angela likes to say, “Opera is not about being a certain way, dressing a certain way, speaking a certain way. It’s about experiencing, and opera is for everyone!”
30 students per workshop unless otherwise noted.
300 students per performance unless otherwise noted.
Double: Two performances, one right after the other.
Subsequent: Additional sessions on the same day in the same location.
45 minutes per workshops unless otherwise noted.
45 minutes per performances unless otherwise noted.
Arts for Learning is a not-for-profit organization. All of our artists are professional teaching artists who are paid for their time and talents.
The fees listed in this catalog represent approximately half of the actual cost of producing and delivering these programs to our community. These fees are subsidized through fundraising, grants, and donations and with support from many organizations, corporations and individuals.