Featured in the segment discussing the talents and influence of this American original are soprano and MSM faculty member Harolyn Blackwell, along with mezzo-soprano and distinguished MSM alumna J’Nai Bridges (BM ’09).
In 1892, Sissieretta Jones became the first Black woman to headline a concert on the main stage at Carnegie Hall. Jones was heralded as the greatest singer of her generation and a pioneer in the operatic tradition at a time when access to most classical concert halls in the U.S. were closed to black performers and patrons. She also performed at the White House and abroad.
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