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Metropolitan Opera Says 'No' to Blackface Otello

Verdi's opera "Otello" is based on Shakespeare’s play about a North African general who becomes a war hero and tries to fit into high — white — society in Venice. It is renowned for its challenging vocals. For over a century, finding anyone to sing the lead part has been difficult. Finding a black singer to portray the Jealous Moor of Venice was next to impossible.   "I do not know of a black singer singing Verdi’s 'Otello' in a major opera house...

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