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OperaNow! #250: 250??!!??

More mulling over James Levine's future at The Met...Seattle Opera unveils plans for new enormo-dome...Next season has first opera by a female composer in a jillion years.

This week in Oliver's Corner we listen to historically important recordings featuring Grace Bumbry, Shirley Verrett, Simon Estes, and Dorothy Maynor.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Reader Comments (11)

let's take one step forward for mentioning great black singers and then 1k steps back by making odd racial comments.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterzach

Maybe one of the reasons Oliver likes to do other podcasts is because they treat him with respect, don't interrupt him constantly, contradict him, talk over him and just generally be rude to him.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKilian Metcalf

Thanks for better explaining my relationship with a man I have known for over 20 years

February 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice

I agree with you 100%, Zach. Everyone to whom I've quoted the comments describes them (the comments, mind you) as racist. "Black" as a voice type? Maybe it's a west coast thing, but we don't get it.

March 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

There is a tone color that is identifiable. As there are colors and qualities of various ethnicities and nationalities. Can that be granted...or is it another issue?

March 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice

There are so many exceptions to the argument about tone colors associated with certain ethnicities that the argument doesn't seem to stand-up. "Smoky," "burnished," "dark" are descriptions used to describe non-black singers, and many black singers don't have these tone colors. So why bother applying these qualities to an ethnicity? That is the issue.

March 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

OC has made these kinds of comments about black people for 10 years, and not just about voice types. The reactions of the other panelists on episode 249 suggest that Zach and I aren't alone in our objections to these kinds of comments, but I understand now that things won't change.

I've listened to the show for 10 years. That's a good, long run. Best wishes.

March 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

All I know is 9 times out of 10, I can probably identify if a singer is black from listening to them, based on certain tone qualities. It's not bad or good.

March 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice

And discussion of tone quality was a follow-up, separate topic, aside from choice of rep.

March 11, 2016 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice

@Craig - check out the documentary Aida's brothers and sisters. I think all of the African American singers in that documentary mention how the sound they create is distinctive and different to other ethnicities. OC isn't racist, I'm so sick of eveyone being 'offended' by everything these days, but I guess that's your prerogative...

March 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSean

@Sean...he probably won't see that, but thanks!

March 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice

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