Delcina Stevenson | For All to Hear

American soprano Delcina Stevenson, who premiered at Pacific Opera Victoria in 1981 as Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly, talks about her artistic journey making a career as a Black singer in opera.

From how she got started with music (and her shock at having to practice seven hours a day) to a “reverse colour casting” experience with Otello, Delcina shares her experiences with us, shining a light on her life as a Black opera singer in the 20th and 21st century.

Note: There was a mix-up in listing the cast of Otello. The correct casting is Cornell MacNeil as Iago and James McCracken as the tenor.

Delcina Stevenson | Biography

Delcina Stevenson studied piano and violin for twelve years and privately studied with Lotte Lehmann at the Music Academy of the West with Martial Singher and Gwendolyn Koldofsky. Delcina made her debut with the San Francisco Fall Opera Company in 1966 and became an active member for three seasons and has since sing with many opera companies around the world.


Enjoy these wonderful performances by Delcina Stevenson!

Watch as Delcina sings “Our Father in Heaven” with The Stevenson Singers.

Delcina performs Mozart K.538 “Ah se in ciel benigne stelle”, 1974.

Be enraptured by Delcina as she sings Rachmaninoff Op. 4, No. 4.

Join Delcinaas she wonderfully performs Rachmaninoff Op. 4, No. 3.

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