FCO Remembers Marian Anderson

First Coast Opera performed a tribute to Marian Anderson at St Cyprian Episcopal Church, March 1 & 3 and March 2 at Players by the Sea in Jacksonville Beach. Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897-April 8, 1993) was an American singer and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.
In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. The incident placed Anderson into the spotlight of the international community on a level unusual for a classical musician. Anderson continued to break barriers for black artists in the United States, becoming the first black person, American or otherwise, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955.