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Thread: What would you say are the top best black opera singers of the recording era?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    Here's Leona Mitchell as Liu in TURANDOT:

    I've seen her live in Brussels doing Leonora ( Trovatore) I was speechless, went a few days later again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonetan View Post
    I have to admit that I don't like this topic either, but I'm always compelled to click on it. FYI I'm a black opera singer...
    The weird thing to me is to create a ranked list order based on ancestry, but I like having a thread celebrating these artists, and I don't blame baritenor for framing it in the way he/she did to prompt responses. I do think it's odd and amusing when otherwise dissimilar black singers are compared to each other, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonetan View Post
    I have to admit that I don't like this topic either, but I'm always compelled to click on it. FYI I'm a black opera singer...
    I see can see how this would get a bit annoying. Like, everywhere you go people put on these vacuous heirs of solidarity. "oh! well here are some of my favorite black actors, playwrights, musicians, etc". In particular with opera, it's meant to share basic feelings of the human experience.

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    I forgot to mention Kenneth Tarver.


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    Quote Originally Posted by howlingfantods View Post
    The weird thing to me is to create a ranked list order based on ancestry, but I like having a thread celebrating these artists, and I don't blame baritenor for framing it in the way he/she did to prompt responses. I do think it's odd and amusing when otherwise dissimilar black singers are compared to each other, though.
    Like when people compare Kathleen Battle and Leontyne Price. wtf....Their voices could not be more dissimilar either in terms of repertoire, range, timbre of style of singing.

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