Black Opera Research Network (BORN) celebrates launch with panel discussion

The Black Opera Research Network (BORN) celebrated its launch with an inaugural panel discussion on Friday, August 21. BORN is an international research collaboration committed to exploring operatic activities, both historical and current, that complicate the perceived whiteness of opera as a genre.

Professor Naomi Andre — who was a member of the Humanities Collaboratory’s 5×5 Incubator Grant “Translating Anti-Racism” as well as part of a Collaboratory working group on the arts in American civic discourse — moderated the discussion “Black Experiences in Opera: Perspectives from South Africa, Europe, and the US.” Panelists included Louise Toppin (USA), Patrick Dailey (USA), Njabulo Madlala (South Africa), and July Zuma (South Africa).