Performance of African drumming and spirituals
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Enjoy a concert of spiritual music by sopranist Hope Briggs, accompanied by Bill Quist.
Ghanaian master drummer Pope Flynn opens the day's events with traditional African rhythms.
Performances take place from 10:30–11 am and 12:30–1 pm.
Hope Briggs, a native of New Jersey, drew a rave review from Opera News for her San Francisco Opera debut as the Duchess of Parma in Busoni’s Doktor Faust: “... Hope Briggs was stellar, delivering one of the evening’s highlights with her lusciously intoned, lovelorn aria.”
As a critically acclaimed Verdi soprano, Briggs is known for the depth and beauty of her voluptuous voice. Her commanding stage presence and moving interpretations have brought her to great success with singing title role in Aida with Nevada Opera, Sacramento Opera, and Cedar Rapids Opera, and Leonora in Il Trovatore with El Paso Opera, Opera Roanoke, and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek as well as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with Festival Opera of Walnut Creek.
Sought after as a recitalist, she has performed for Oberlin Conservatory, African-Americans for Los Angeles Opera, Madewood Music Festival, Afrosolo Music Festival at the Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center, Concerts at the Abbey in Seattle and Caio Melissa in Spoleto, Italy. By special invitation, Briggs performed for Jessye Norman at Alliance FrançaiseTrophée des Arts Gala and for Rev. Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Crusade.
She is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Finalist, Metropolitan Opera International Vocal Competition Award Winner, and recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation. Briggs is also an ABC KGO-TV 2012 African American Salutes Honoree, Marion Anderson Historical Society Scholar, and a 2013 Heritage Keeper Award Recipient from Friends of Negro Spirituals. Briggs is featured performing the role of Emma Hyers, in the documentary film: Voices for Freedom - The Hyers Sisters' Legacy, which is currently airing nationally on PBS and is available on DVD.
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.
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This program is presented in partnership with NORCALMLK.