Last month renowned soprano opera singer Michelle Bradley was in San Diego making her American debut in the title role of “Aida”, which opened the San Diego Opera’s 2019-2020. In an interview with the San Diego Union Tribune, David Bennett who serves as the San Diego Opera’s general director shared “This is the role that will make her career, I’m sure…Her voice is in the lineage of Leontyne Price, with a bright, gleaming top and rich and full in the middle.” Bradley’s performance was an instant success and deemed a memorable experience for all who were there to witness it. For Michael Taylor, creator of the critically acclaimed Theatre Corner, he wanted to find a way to applaud Bradley in a way that would resonate with her and others in the local African American community.
On Saturday, October 26th, Taylor hosted Bradley in an afternoon gathering at the exquisite Westgate Hotel. In this intimate setting, friends of the arts joined Bradley and Taylor for tea, conversation and a special presentation. Guests included two San Diego Hurston Fellows from Lincoln and Hoover High Schools; Black arts philanthropist Ms. Dea Hurston, and Mayor of Lemon Grove, Ms. Raquel Vasquez. Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce Chair, Mr. Bruce Mayberry was in attendance presenting Bradley with a Black Excellence award from the chamber. “Michelle Bradley is such a giving spirit. Along with maintaining readiness to perform the role Aida, she recognizes her long-term impact on the young Fellows, to meet someone who looks like them, doing what they dream to do professionally one day. Simply put, Michelle represents realistic possibilities,” Taylor shared. The event was truly a memorable once in a lifetime affair and etching hope in the hearts and minds of those there.
To learn more about the Theatre Corner, visit www.theater-corner.com