Fleeing the Gilded Cage

The COVID shutdown stalled careers. For some opera singers, it also opened doors

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If you’re interested in opera, you might know the face of the 34-year-old baritone Will Liverman. This fall, it gazed out from posters and websites advertising the reopening of the Metropolitan Opera with Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard—the first staging of an opera by a Black composer in the company’s 138-year-old history — in which Liverman …

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