Jonathan Ealy named one of MBJ's 40 Under 40
Opera Memphis Venue Director Jonathan Ealy named one of Memphis Business Journal's 40 Under 40 for his work with OUTMemphis: The LGBTQIA Center for the Mid-South.
Ealy joined the staff of Opera Memphis in November of 2009. He was first introduced to opera by his late high school choral teacher, Charlotte Polk.
"My first Opera ever was an Opera Memphis production of Buoso's Ghost written by then General Director/Conductor Michael Ching. From that show, hearing the powerful, amazing tones coming from those unamplified bodies made me a believer! It was like watching a major sporting event and these athletes were in prime form!"
During his college years at LeMoyne-Owen, Ealy joined the Opera Memphis chorus when Clyde Battles - internationally renowned opera singer and LeMoyne-Owen vocal professor - heard Opera Memphis was looking for tenors for the chorus of The Magic Flute (2001) and recommended Ealy audition. "I've been associated ever since!" says Ealy.
In 2016, Ealy joined the board of OUTMemphis and began serving as their Interim Executive Director in August 2018.
"I became involved with OUTMemphis because I had reached a point in my life where I thought if I was going to continue living in the city of my birth, it was time to begin giving back to a place that has given and continues to give me so much daily. I love Memphis and all it has to offer and my hope is through my work, with both OUTMemphis and Opera Memphis, I can leave this city just a bit better than I found it!"
From all of us at Opera Memphis, congratulations Jonathan! We could not imagine a more deserving individual for this nomination and honor.
Memphis Business Journal's full article about 40 Under 40 is set to come out in November 2018. In the meantime, check out the other nominated individuals HERE.