In a message dated 05/31/2001 8:12:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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> But race should be irrelevant in opera. I
> am waiting for the emergence of a Black Corelli or Bastianini.
I strongly concur with Howard's post, one of his best (in my opinion) to
date. I would only add that there *has* been a rather Bastianini-like black
singer, but he unfortunately died young of heart failure: the Maori bass,
Inia te Wiata. He recorded very little before his death, but I've heard
perhaps two albums' worth, and have one of them. He was a major loss to
opera, and song.