Angel Blue Drops out of Performance Due to the Use of Blackface
Updated: Jul 26
By: Vincent Wang
American Grammy Award-winning soprano Angel Blue was due to perform in her debut at the Arena Di Verona in Italy. However, Thursday, she announced that she would be canceling the planned debut in Verdi’s La Traviata due to their use of blackface.
Blackface is considered as highly offensive and racist as it was used in the past and in the present by white performers to paint their faces black and act out black characters instead of hiring Black people.
The origins of blackface dates all the way back into the late 18th century with white performers darkening their skin using various materials, and then proceeding to wear ragged, broken down clothes and exaggerate their features in an attempt to look stereotypically Black.
These white performers often played characters that performed out a number of negative stereotypes about African Americans such as laziness, superstitious, heteroesxual, cowardly, and criminal.
Blue, a Black person, wrote many posts on her social media explaining why she would not be attending anymore.
“It is offensive, humiliating, and outright racist. I was so looking forward to making my house debut at Arena di Verona singing one of my favorite operas, but I cannot in good conscience associate myself with an institution which continues this practice.
“Let me be perfectly clear: the use of blackface under any circumstances, artistic or otherwise, is a deeply misguided practice based on archaic theatrical traditions which have no place in modern society.”