Marian Anderson, a voice that spoke to our common humanity
Music schools in Philadelphia denied her admission because she was Black, and so did a segregated concert hall, leading to a spectacular performance at the Lincoln Memorial and a fight for Civil Rights.
This hour, we’ll learn about her life, her studio in Danbury, and also discuss the lack of diversity in opera today – the year of Marian’s 125th birth anniversary.
We’ll also take a listen to selected preview audio from Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands, a PBS documentary.
Produced by Sujata Srinivasan
Special thanks to Catie Talarski and Eugene Amatruda
- Brigid Guertin: Executive Director of the Danbury Museum, and Danbury City Historian
- Francesca Zambello: Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and General Director of the Glimmerglass Festival
- Alan Mann: Artistic Director, Opera Theater of Connecticut
Cat Pastor contributed to this show which originally aired January 26, 2022.