Keeping My Head Above Water: The Night I Held Hands with Marian Anderson

Keeping My Head Above Water: The Night I Held Hands with Marian Anderson

Leslie Dreyer retired after playing for 46 seasons in the MET Orchestra. Over the span of his lifetime, he has become particularly known for his writings, many of which appeared in the New York Times. This is the first post in a new series that features some of his remarkable storytelling abilities and commentary on the arts.

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Opera Fan(atic)s: Billie Allen's "Secret Queen"

Opera Fan(atic)s: Billie Allen's "Secret Queen"

Growing up in Richmond, Virginia in the 1930s, Billie Allen had a tough time as a self-proclaimed opera buff. All that fell away, though, when she heard one singer in particular who seemed to have "a direct connection with the center of the Earth." See and hear more in this video about Opera Fan(atic) Billie Allen's touching relationship with the arts, opera, and the Met.

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