African Americans in Opera



Wagner, Verdi…Joplin. Scott Joplin, the composer known for his ragtime pieces, also wrote opera. In fact, in the last hundred years, several African-American composers have made significant contributions to opera and yet almost none are household names. We’ll talk about black composers, and take a look at an upcoming concert featuring their works.


  • Dione Bennett, Artistic Director- Opera Project Columbus
  • Adolphus Hailstork, opera composer, professor at Old Dominion University
  • William Banfield, composer, author, professor of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music

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