Harlem Opera Theater ~ Salute to Black History Month
6PM Reception | 7:30PM Concert
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the life of Sylvia Olden Lee (June 29, 1917 – April 10, 2004), a Fulbright scholar, professor, pianist, accompanist, the first vocal coach of African American descent hired by the Metropolitan Opera. She was responsible for the historic invitation to Marian Anderson to sing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Sylvia Olden Lee played for the first inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt; toured with Paul Robeson; taught at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music and coached world-renowned sopranos, Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle. Hear amazing stories about the history of Sylvia Olden Lee, as gifted classical singers present art songs, spirituals and excerpts from operas.
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