George Shirley voted Chairman of the Board of ArtSmart. Famed soprano Latonia Moore and NYC School Principal Rosemary Vega join ArtSmart Board.

Renowned tenor George Shirley, has been unanimously voted the new Chairman of the Board of ArtSmart.

Mr. Shirley was the first African-American tenor to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. Throughout his acclaimed operatic career, he performed at the world’s greatest opera houses, a list that includes the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera, Deutsche Oper, Glyndebourne, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera.

Mr. Shirley, who is actively teaching, is the Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice at Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Praised by The New York Times as “richly talented”, Latonia Moore is one of the most acclaimed sopranos in the world today. She starred in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in my Bones which opened the Metropolitan Opera’s 2021/22 season, and received rave reviews for her performance as Serena in the Met’s new production of Porgy and Bess during the 2019/20 season. A renowned Aida, Ms. Moore has performed the role at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Opera Australia, Teatro Colón, English National Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Dubai Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Detroit Opera, Polish National Opera, and at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon.

Education and arts advocate, Rosemary Vega is the Principal of East Williamsburg Scholars Academy in New York City. She brings to ArtSmart deep expertise in education and the public school system along with a lifelong passion for the arts.

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By ArtSmart Newswire   |  Published on 11/01/2021