Anima Mundi Productions presents, in collaboration with the PSU School of Music and Theater, The Meshé Legacy, and Opera in the Park Portland
Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas, Dramatic Soprano
in recital with Artina McCain, Piano
Exploring the theme of motherhood through famous operatic heroines and world premieres by Black, First Nations Indigenous, and Latina female composers.
This mother-oriented program includes works by Puccini, Bellini, Strauss, Verdi, and Wagner alongside newly commissioned world premieres by composers Jasmine Barnes, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Barbara Assiginaak, and Carolina Calvache.
Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas has been praised by the New York Times for a voice that is “powerful, lustrous, silky, caramel-hued, wielding impressive ease and elegant control” and called “Worthy of all superlatives. With a breathtaking mastery and unflinching portrayals... a vocal flexibility that enables her to acutely pass from a tearful murmur to a firm luminosity. And her dramatic intelligence is worthy of the great 'lionesses' of the lyric theater.” (Opera Magazine)
From leading roles with storied institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera and Sydney Opera House, to sharing the stage with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis, to collaborating with Broadway in Chicago and HBO, to developing the new works SHONDJ and Opera Reconstructed, she couples her international artistic viewpoint with a vision for the arts that seeks to create, educate, unify, and empower.
She is joined by Memphis-based concert pianist Artina McCain, known for her “power and finesse” (Dallas Arts Society) and “sense of color, balance and texture” (Austin Chamber Music Center), for a program that explores motherhood both through the standard operatic heroine and by premiering four new works by Black, First Nations Indigenous, and Latina composers commissioned by Anima Mundi Productions for this program.
General Public $27
PSU Students/ Faculty/ Staff $5
Arts for All (available in person only) $5
Proof of Vaccination for all patrons age 12+ or proof of negative COVID test within the last 48 hours will be required of all attendees.
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