Mitchell, Zeani and Scotto (left to right in photo). Three of opera's greatest stars graced Ft. Lauderdale with their presence Feb. 20.
The Venetian Arts Society held its first annual Art Competition Exhibition at Northern Trust Bank (1100 East Las Olas Blvd) on Feb. 19 from 6-8 pm. Mitchell was in attendance at that event.
Feb. 20 she was joined at the Museum of Art (also on Las Olas) for a Salon Concert at 730pm by two other great stars of the operatic stage: Virginia Zeani and Renata Scotto. In addition, the famous opera stage director Tito Capobianco was in attendance. See photo with this article, copyright Cliff Cunningham.
Finally, on Feb. 21 the Museum will be hosting a Conversation with Mitchell at 10am.
In 1973, Mitchell debuted as Micaela in Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen with the San Francisco Opera, debuting on 15 December 1975 in the same role at the Metropolitan Opera. She sang the role of Bess in the first complete stereo recording of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess under Lorin Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra. It was also in this role that she earned her Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. She has contributed to several recordings, had television appearances, and served as honorary chair of Black Heritage Month of the Oklahoma legislature. In 1988 Leona Mitchell performed the role of Liù in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera under the direction of James Levine.
Mitchell has also sung at most of the world's best-known opera houses, including those in Paris, London (Covent Garden), Vienna, Rome, Australia, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Chicago, Rome (the Caracalla Baths), and in France at the Orange Festival amongst others. She has also appeared with some major symphony orchestras including those in London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and many others.
Mitchell has performed for four US Presidents and many dignitaries which include Prince Charles, Princess Anne, the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, and Bishop Tutu of South Africa.
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