Takesha Meshe Kizart-Thomas leaves audiences speechless in this one-woman performance of opera, art song, jazz and more. Do not miss this impressive performance demonstrating the beauty and versatility of the human voice.


March 4, 2023 7:30 p.m.

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This unforgeable performance will feature arias honoring the dramatic heroines of the opera stage portrayed by such artists as Shirley Verre, Leontyne Price, and Jessye Norman, jazz standards popularized by the “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald, art songs by contemporary Black women composers, and new pieces commissioned and created by Kizart-Thomas. This concert is a powerful testament to the women who shaped music during the 20th century.

Takesha Meshe Kizart-Thomas made her professional debut in 2006 as The Dutchess in Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face with Musikfest Bremen and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. Her American professional debut occurred in 2008 in the title role of Tosca with The Dallas Opera.Both occurring while she studied as an Artist in Residence at AVA.

Her exceptionally vivid portrayals include the title role of Tosca(Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Oper Köln, Opera Australia, Opera North-UK, and The Dallas Opera); the title role of Respighi’s Marie Victoire (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Clitennestra in Gnecchi’sCassandra led by Maestro Donald Runnicles (Deutsche OperBerlin); the title role of Madama Buerfly (Deutsche Oper Berlinand Slovenian National Opera); and Mimì in La bohème (Opera Australia and Deutsche Oper Berlin).