'True Colors': Sounds from the heart for Pride Month

Jamie Barton performs at the 2019 Last Night of the BBC Proms with Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.BBC/Chris Christodoulou

True Colors: Sounds from the Heart


As we celebrate Pride during the month of June, join hosts Julie Amacher and Gabrielle Glass as they interview five LGBTQIA+ artists from the operatic world who will share their story with you, and how their pride impacts their musical identity.

Programming is supported by At Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Cafe


  • Ethel Smyth: String Quintet in E major - Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Mannheimer String Quartet

  • Georges Bizet: Habenera from Carmen - French National Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor

  • Georges Bizet: Finale from Carmen - Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano; Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano; Chicago Opera 

  • Rossa Crean, composer; Aiden Feltkamp, libretto - The Flower of Oblivion from The Priestess of Morphine - Katherine Bruton, soprano; Ben Zucker, vibraphone; Stephen Hudson, cello; Alex Giger, violin

  • Samuel Barber: Summer of 1915 from Knoxville - Russell Thomas, tenor

  • Leos Janacek, composer; Kathleen Kelly, poet and librettist: Vanished, adopted from The One Who Disappeared - Russell Thomas, tenor; John Holiday, countertenor; Ryan McKinney; producer

  • Leonard Bernstein: Overture from West Side Story - Johnny Green, conductor; Studio Orchestra

  • Jeanine Tesori: We Wish On Ev’rything You Can Wish On from Blue - Ariana Wehr, soprano; Katerina Burton, soprano; Rehanna Thelwell, mezzo-soprano; Washington National Opera Orchestra; Roderick Cox, conductor

  • Lee Hoiby: Where the Music Comes From - David Portillo, tenor; Craig Terry, piano 

  • Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring - Act 1, Scene 2 - David Portillo, tenor; Minnesota Opera

  • Aaron Copland: Simple Gifts - Peter Pears, tenor; Benjamin Britten, piano 

  • Leonard Bernstein: Somewhere from West Side Story Suite, arr. for violin and string orchestra - Daniel Hope, violin; Zürcher Kammerorchester