Love, Harlem Style! The Colors of Love is a sensational, electric and fun production of Caribbean, Broadway and operatic classics that explores the complexities of love. This lively presentation features the music of Bernstein, Gilbert & Sullivan, Gershwin, Purcell, William Marion Cook and others! The Colors of Love premiered in New York City during the summer of 2000 at the World Trade Center's Festival of Creative Communities concert series.
Opera Takes the "A" Train - Opera & All That Jazz
Puccini, Gershwin, Harlem Jazz & American Pop. Audiences are thrilled when they hear great voices making beautiful music. The gifted artists that appear on this program have performed in prominent opera houses and theatres throughout the world. In this two-part treat, world-class performers sing operatic favorites by Puccini, Verdi, Gounod, Strauss and others. They then step out of the operatic roles to sing sizzling jazz and America's greatest popular music.
Movin' with the Spirit - Up From Dese Roots
A dazzling array of African-American music. Movin' with the Spirit takes us from the spirituals, field calls and related work songs of earlier times to contemporary songs of worship, ragtime, blues, bossa novas and modern jazz - all rooted in the heritage and deep tradition of the African-American experience.
OPERA EBONY founders Benjamin Matthews and Wayne Sanders were honored by the NATIONAL OPERA ASSOCIATION at The Golden Anniversary Banquet. They were presented with The 10th Annual “Lift Every Voice” Legacy Awards along with Raoul Abdul. Also awarded were Beverly Sills, Phyllis Curtain, and Joseph Volpe, receiving the 2005 NOA Lifetime Achievement Awards.
OPERA EBONY EXPANDING: PRESENTATIONS OF HARRIET TUBMAN IN ROCHESTER, NY. In celebration of Women's History Month, Opera Ebony is participating with several leading Rochester, area institutions in a major multi-community project entitled, Race & Reconciliation. The growing list of partners, sponsors and co-presenters includes Eastman Kodak, St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Rochester, Rochester Office of The Mayor, Bill Johnson, The Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester Opera Theater, The Hochstein School of Music and the Board of Education for the City of Rochester.
GREAT PERFORMANCES, NATIONAL PUBLIC TELEVISION. Opera Ebony featured on the world premiere broadcast of AIDA'S BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Black Voices in Opera - This timely and enlightening documentary is an inspiring look at the history and careers of African-Americans in opera from such pioneers, as Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, through contemporary superstars Jessye Norman, Shirley Verrett and Simon Estes. The program will also include members of Opera Ebony in performance and engaging conversation.
OPERA TAKES THE 'A' TRAIN TO BE FEATURED ON THE CONCERTS & LECTURES SERIES AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest, most comprehensive art museum in the western hemisphere, and Opera Ebony, the longest surviving African-American opera company in American history, will partner to present Opera Ebony's sensational touring show, Opera Takes The 'A' Train - Opera & All That Jazz. This presentation of exciting and joyous of Opera, Broadway and American Popular Music available to church groups, sororities, colleges and other presenters for there musical series in New York and surrounding north eastern states.
OPERA EBONY CO-PRODUCES EDUCATIONAL VIDEO FUNDED BY THE BAYER FOUNDATION. Opera Ebony partners with Mind Over Media of Pittsburgh, PA to produce special educational video designed for school children in the Pittsburgh school system. The video, entitled "I Too Can Be - An Opera Singer, A Stage Director, A Conductor, A Set Designer” was filmed at the Langston Hughes Theatre in Harlem and features around Opera Ebony and its young artists.
OPERA EBONY, SIDNEY POIRTIER, EARTHA KITT AND OTHERS HONORED IN HARLEM. Opera Ebony, along with a cavalcade of film, television and stage stars including Sidney Poirtier, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Roberta Flack, Jasmine Guy and others, gather for A Salute to Black Broadway at the Langston Hughes Theatre in New York City.
OPERA EBONY ANNOUNCES MUSICAL RELEASES ON RECORDING LABEL. Ebony Classic Recordings ("ECR") will exclusively release music from Opera Ebony’s vast catalogue of studio and live recordings. ECR releases will represent a wide range of historically important and commercially popular Opera, Broadway and Spiritual recordings of unprecedented dimensions.
OPERA EBONY PERFORMS FOR DAVID ROCKEFELLER, JR. Opera Ebony was selected to perform at tribute honoring David Rockefeller, Jr. for his contributions to the arts and education. World Trade Center, New York, NY.
SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL Opera Ebony Artistic Director, Benjamin Matthews' appearance with the touring show THREE GENERATIONS hailed as "Stupendous!", "Rousing", "Inspired", and "Majestic". Gene Downs, Savannah Morning Star. Savannah, GA.