We’ve spent four episodes talking about how new operatic shows are pushing the form forward. But is the invisible barrier keeping artists of color away from opera really broken or have we just made a crack in it? Paige gets Tazewell back in the studio to talk and we hear more from librettists and administrators from the Glimmerglass panels.
Naomi Andre, Associate Professor in Women’s Studies, Afroamerican and African Studies and the Residential College at University of Michigan
Matthew Morrison, forum moderator and Assistant Professor in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
Jeanine Tesori, composer of Blue
Victor Simonson, composer of Stomping Grounds
Find Us Online:
Tazewell Thompson: http://tazewellthompson.com/
Naomi Andre: https://irwg.umich.edu/people/naomi-andre
Matthew Morrison: https://tisch.nyu.edu/about/directory/clive-davis-institute/918859097
Jeanine Tesori: https://www.samuelfrench.com/a/103158/jeanine-tesori
Victor Simonson: http://victorsimonson.com/victor-simonson/
Breaking Glass is produced by Stacia Brown and edited by Ali Post of Rise of Charm City LLC. Music and sound design by Elisheba Ittoop. Stacy Gerard is our production and distribution manager. Marketing and promotional support is provided by Multitude Productions. Christopher Powell and Heather McDougall are the executive producers. Our thanks to Francesca Zambello, Artistic & General Director and Joel Morain, Resident Sound Designer of the Glimmerglass Festival. Additional thanks to Tony Macaluso, former director of the WFMT Radio Network.
Breaking Glass and the development of Stomping Grounds and Blue are funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Glimmerglass's commissioning fees for Blue are funded in part by an OPERA America Female Composers Grant. Further development of Blue is made possible by a Repertoire Development Grant from the Opera Fund. The Breaking Glass podcast is a co-production of The Glimmerglass Festival and the WFMT Radio Network, a Chicago-based producer and distributor of radio programs and podcasts about the arts. The podcast is made possible by an OPERA America Innovation Grant supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
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