Saturday, February 10, 2018

John Malveaux: Retired music educator has seen five different productions of "Candide" without seeing an African American singing "Cunegonde"

Sandra Wheeler and John Malveaux

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February 8, 2018 attended LA Opera production of CANDIDE with retired music educator and Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles board member, Sandra Wheeler. CANDIDE is one of Sandra Wheeler's favorite operas and she has seen at least five different productions in multiple cities. I was most impressed with the singing of "Cunegonde" by coloratura soprano Eren Morley. Considering this is African American Heritage Month, i asked Sandra Wheeler if she ever attended a performance with an African American singing the role of "Cunegonde" and she quickly responded NO.

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