Local DFW resident and mezzo-soprano, Raehann Bryce-Davis stars in the LA Opera’s new Digital Short Brown Sounds.
Beginning March 26, LA Opera, in collaboration with the African American Art Song Alliance, Aural Compass Projects, Black Opera Alliance, National Association of Negro Musicians and the Philadelphia Dance Company, presents the online premiere of Brown Sounds, a new Digital Short by French filmmaker Jérémy Adonis.
“Young Black children are often taught that their history begins with slavery,” said Bryce-Davis. “Our purpose with this project is to portray a history that goes back to the beginning of time and stretches far into the untapped treasures of the future: a celebration of Black art, Black bodies, Black consciousness … For this reincarnation of the project, we brought together an all-star Black creative team representing the vast experiences of the African diaspora, and a coalition of arts organizations, led by LA Opera, to help spread this message to the world.”
Mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis made her first LA Opera appearances in 2020 productions of Eurydice and Roberto Devereux, and she introduced the song “Brown Sounds” to LA Opera audiences in a September 2020 Living Room Recital. She will return to Los Angeles later this year as Azucena in Il Trovatore. Her recent performances include Eboli in Don Carlo with Opera Vlaanderen, Leonor in La Favorite at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Verdi’s Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, and Martinů’s Julietta with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Led by Bryce-Davis, five organizations—the African American Art Song Alliance, Aural Compass Projects, Black Opera Alliance, National Association of Negro Musicians and the Philadelphia Dance Company—representing all forms of art, as does Brown Sounds, have joined together in partnership with LA Opera to share Brown Sounds with audiences nationwide. It will be streamed on LA Opera’s Facebook and YouTube channel. For viewing details and additional information, LAOpera.org/BrownSounds.