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Aida's Brothers and Sisters - Black Voices in Opera and Concert [DVD]

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This film tells the story of classic black singing against the background of black emancipation in politics and society. The story stretches from the first successes of the bass Paul Robeson, who all his life regarded his voice as an instrument of liberation, to the young singing pupils of the Harlem School of Arts, who identify themselves with their origins in rejuvenated pride. The great African-American singers express their views, as do opera company directors and critics. Historical and contemporary film extracts and specially produced film sequences demonstrate the richness and variety of black singing.

"An intriguing documentary about black singers of Classical Music set against the background of black emancipation in politics and society in the U.S."

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Run Time: 85 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: German, French, Spanish, Italian


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  • Performers: Betty Allen (Mezzo Soprano); Marian Anderson (Mezzo Soprano); Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano); Simon Estes (Bass); Gotz Friedrich; Reri Grist (Soprano); Barbara Hendricks (Soprano); Bobby McFerrin (Voice); Leontyne Price (Soprano); Paul Robeson (Bass); Edward Said; Shirley Verrett (Soprano)