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The First Lady of Grand Opera

The First Lady of Grand Opera: Madame McCleave "Her voice was pure and high and held appealing expression that was exquisite at times, then full of the sunlight or spring, or again told this gripping tale with pathos and sympathy." - The Washington Times Madame Florence Cole Talbert McCleave - a pioneer for singers of color, a world-renowned opera icon, a Memphis music champion, and the inspiration for The McCleave Project at Opera Memphis. Just recently inducted int... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bethania Baray Next McCleave Fellow in Directing

PHOTO BY: Ziggy Mack Opera Memphis Announces Second McCleave Fellowship Recipient   Opera Memphis is proud to announce the second participant in The McCleave Fellowships - Bethania Baray. A first-of-its-kind program launched in 2018, The McCleave Fellowships are designed to identify and nurture emerging artists, directors, and conductors of color in opera and are the second phase of The McCleave Project established by Opera Memphis in 2017.   Bethania Baray, the new McCleave ... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Friday, August 2, 2019

NEA Awards Opera Memphis

Opera Memphis to Receive $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Memphis, TN—National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to Opera Memphis for their 30 Days of Opera program and The McCleave Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a more equitab... Read More
at Wednesday, May 15, 2019

In the News: Shirley Hill

Opera Memphis' Shirley Hill named "Women to Watch" Shirley Hill, Community Relations Associate for Opera Memphis, featured in Memphis Magazine's "Women to Watch" spread in their October 2018 issue. From the article: "Shirley Hill first joined Opera Memphis in 2009 as a chorus member. This year she will be the Project Manager for the McCleave Project. The McCleave Project seeks to deepen Opera Memphis' engagement with issues of equity and diversi... Read More
Posted by Jillian Barron at Wednesday, October 3, 2018