Celebrating Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, we are showcasing some of the exceptional African American artists who have thrilled audiences and made invaluable contributions to the Met’s legacy. Below, explore a digital exhibition chronicling the history of Black artists at the Met, video and audio recordings of memorable performances, information about upcoming broadcasts, relevant news stories, and more.
FEB 26 AT 1PM ET
Celebrating Black History Month: Groundbreaking Artists on the Air
Don’t miss a special archival Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcast spanning decades of Met history and showcasing some of the company’s most revered African American stars, including Marian Anderson, Martina Arroyo, Kathleen Battle, Grace Bumbry, Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Shirley Verrett, George Shirley, and more.
FREE WEEKLY STREAM
Verdi’s La Forza del Destino
Each week during Black History Month, a different complete performance from the Met Opera on Demand catalogue is being made available for free streaming. This week, enjoy an unforgettable 1984 performance of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, starring Leontyne Price as Leonora.
Black Voices at the Met
Our exhibition chronicling the extensive contributions made by African American artists at the Met and the decades-long struggle for racial equality at the nation's leading opera company—originally installed in the opera house in connection with the 2019 new production of Porgy and Bess—is now available in digital format.
Black Voices Rise: African American Artists at the Met, 1955–1985
Created as a companion to the Black Voices at the Met exhibition, this audio playlist features memorable Met performances by great Black singers through the years.
Black Artists at the Met: Video Highlights
Enjoy a collection of video highlights featuring great performances by African American artists in classic Met telecasts and Live in HD cinema transmissions.
Ryan Speedo Green on His Journey to the Met
WABC recently spoke with Ryan Speedo Green about his childhood, his first experience of the Met, and his recent performances starring in Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Porgy and Bess.