Today in History: First Black to Perform with an American Opera

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Caterina Jarboro

On this day, September 9, 2001, the first black to perform with an American opera company was Caterina Jarboro.

She featured in a Chicago Opera Company production of Aida, at the New York Hippodrome on July 22, 1933.

She also sang the title role of the Opera in Milan, Italy, in May, 1930.

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