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FULL MET Opera Legend Leona Mitchell Tells Stories of Opera’s Golden Age Interview New York 2024

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  • Published by: Black Music Archive  
  • Date Published: 2024  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 3 Audio:3
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, gensubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO
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MET Opera Legend Leona sits with Milik Kashad of Black Music Archive and world-renowned soprano Karen Slack of the Black Leadership Arts Collective in an intimate interview, followed by an audience Q&A.

0:00 – Introduction by Karen Slack
1:30 – Start In The Industry
6:35 – The Importance of Singing Lyrically
10:42 – Black Women and The Met (Grace Bumbry Stories)
17:20 – Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland Stories
22:07 – Leona Loses Her Voice, Bad Training
24:20 – Leona Returns To New York
25:20 – Audience Question: Leona Gets Fired
30:25 – All The Black Women Leave The MET
31:42 – Audience Question: Opera In Microphones
33:47 – Audience Question: Balancing The Career with Children
36:10 – Audience Question: Leona’s Relationship With Legendary Black Classical Singers
41:20 – Leona Cancels A Performance
44:05 – Connecting Generations of Singers
47:45 – Grace Bumbry Likes Fried Chicken
49:50 – Audience Question: Why Did Leona Choose Opera?
54:50 – Audience Question: Improvisation In Opera?
56:20 – Audience Question: Studying and Training Throughout The Career?
58:54 – Final Thoughts

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