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People of the Global Majority (w/Frankie Charles)
Episode 164th October 2021 • The Score • Minnesota Opera
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Welcome to the 16th episode of MN Opera's New York Times-very-briefly-mentioned podcast, THE SCORE! This week, to celebrate our Sweet Sixteen, we are joined by a dear friend, a brilliant colleague, and our favorite Cubano, Frankie Charles, the Impact Department Coordinator here at MN Opera (0:00:27). This episode is a little different. Given Frankie's background in technical theater, things started out as a discussion about equity and colorism in production, but then it turned into something we weren't quite expecting. So if you want to get to know us a bit better, please join us for a fun, poignant and deeply personal conversation that delves into race, higher education, queerness, family and so much more. And since it's Latinx Heritage Month, we send you into the week with a little Pure Latinx Joy to compliment our usual PB&J (1:26:55). This week we celebrate Cima Funk, Lil Nas X, Full Circle Everest Expedition and the historic opening of Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons' Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the first opera by a Black composer to premiere at the Metropolitan Opera! Let's do it to it, ya'll!

Hosts: Lee Bynum, Rocky Jones, Paige Reynolds

Guest: Frankie Charles

Producer: Rocky Jones


"The Podcasts Opera Pros Tune To" (New York Times)

Cima Funk, Cun Cun Prá (Spotify)

"The Met Comes Alight Again With Fire Shut Up in My Bones" (Vulture)

Full Circle Everest Expedition (Website)

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