Saturday, March 7, 2015

Diva Irrésistible: Margaret Tynes

Celebrating the great mezzo-soprano Margaret Tynes, who was as comfortable with jazz as she was with opera.

Below is a clip from the 2007 gala tribute of Opera Noire of New York, at which Margaret Tynes was the Honoree. It is an amazing clip of contemporary African American opera singers paying tribute to one of greatest living divas. Please go to 1:25 to hear the transcendent “Sous le dôme épais” (also known as the “Flower Duet”) from Léo Delibes’s Lakmé, featuring Andrea Jones-Soloja and LaToya Lain. The other two clips are recordings of Margaret Tynes, Diva Irrésistible!

Margaret Tynes performs the “Card Aria” from Bizet’s Carmen.


Duke Ellington’s 1956 recording of A Drum is a Woman, with Margaret Tynes and Ozzie Bailey.

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