Opera & Race: Celebrating the Past, Building the Future

Opera & Race: Celebrating the Past, Building the Future


Thursday, September 12, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019


Rhodes College

This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Places to Stay

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Schedule of Events



Thursday, sept. 12 | 6:00pm

McNeil Concert Hall
Rhodes College West Campus


Friday, sept. 13 | 9:00am - 4:30pm

Hyde Hall
Rhodes College Refectory

Sponsored by
Lynne & Henry Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes College
Rhodes College Department of Music and Theatre
Opera Memphis

About the concert & Symposium


This September, Rhodes College and Opera Memphis partner together to bring Opera & Race: Celebrating the Past, Building the Future - a concert and symposium examining the role of race both on and off stage. Thursday night will consist of a concert produced by Opera Memphis, and Friday hosts a series of speakers and lecturers including Naomi André, Givonna Joseph, and Anh Le. This event is free and open to the public.

Guest Speakers

Naomi André

University of Michigan Associate Professor, Department of Afroamerican & African Studies, Women's Studies, and author of Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

GivOnna JOseph

Mezzo-soprano, Founder & Director of the award-winning OperaCréole

Anh le

Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis