“When I started out — being a big black guy from the South — people wanted to see me sing ‘Old Man River’ and be cast as Porgy,” says Atlanta-born opera star Morris Robinson. “I wanted to dissolve that mentality.”
After a couple decades of success, he’s helped erase some of these racial stereotypes. Robinson will perform the title role in the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess with the Atlanta Opera (opening March 7), a role he steadfastly refused for much of his career.
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