Founders, movers and shakers

Opera Ebony enriches the lives of people throughout the world with thrilling operatic and concert performances.

From performances of Mozart in Harlem to African-American Heritage concerts in Iceland - Gershwin in Moscow to Duke Ellington in the Caribbean, Opera Ebony is considered one of the world's great cultural treasures. Benjamin Matthews, Sister Mary Elise S.B.S. and Wayne Sanders founded Opera Ebony in 1973. Since then, the company has served as a professional platform for thousands of American artists, administrators and technical staff helping them to refine their talent and perfect their craft.