A Century of Black Song: Louise Toppin, soprano

Free admission. Part of the Mellon Humanities Unbounded Lab, "Black Music and the Soul of America."

Louise Toppin is Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, she was the Kappa Kappa Gamma Distinguished University Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the music of African-American composers, and she has edited anthologies of art songs by Black composers including the first anthology of songs by Margaret Bonds.

A finalist in the Munich International Competition and winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions, Professor Toppin has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the United States, Czech Republic, Scotland, Japan, China, Uruguay, Sweden, the Caribbean, Bermuda, New Zealand, England, and Spain. She has appeared in recital on concert series including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Licieu Theatre in Barcelona, Spain and the International Albeniz Festival in Camprodon, Spain.

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Black Music Lab; Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI); Humanities Unbounded