Even in today's opera world, the position of the black tenor is problematic.
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Once in a while, I try to sneak in something less known anyway.
I was very young at the time, and I mainly appreciated their vocal qualities, even though I was already living as they did - as black performers in a white world.
I listen constantly to classical music and I find that stretches my imagination. I listen to some contemporary and even cutting-edge things.
But life is tough and if you're creative, it's tougher.
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