Opera expert discusses his passion for Black gospel

Mahalia Jackson

“The values embedded in gospel music are not exclusive to religious people, and that is part of this music’s power,” says opera expert and journalist, Fred Plotkin.

Read his column here–The Gospel Truth About Opera–which highlights the contributions of Rev. Thomas Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson (pictured), Marion Williams, Aretha Franklin and others, and identifies themes across the two art forms.

One Reply to “Opera expert discusses his passion for Black gospel”

  1. So true. Many of gospel's earliest singers, including quartets, received vocal coaching from classically-trained teachers and artists.

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