She’s gonna let it shine
Soprano Adrienne Danrich can really sing.
Danrich wrote This Little Light of Mine (commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera) to tell the stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price through their own recordings, quotes, pictures, and her own interpretations of the arias and spirituals that made them famous. Danrich focuses mostly on the racial barriers that these breached to lead the way for African Americans in this country and in the world of opera.
Classical music aficionados may not learn much new about these revered singers. Danrich has gone to great lengths to make the show accessible for children and adults who may have never heard of these women or seen an opera. It’s an excellent introduction.
But the show does offer something for the cognoscenti: That voice. Danrich’s spinto soprano is deep, expansive and powerful. She was stunning in arias from Puccini’s Turandot and Madame Butterfly, and she is a skilled interpreter of spirituals. Her excitement for and commitment to the music is palpable.
These are important women, and Danrich is an important voice.
In addition to her Next Act show, Danrich will offer master classes and outreach programs at UW-Milwaukee, Calvary Baptist Church, Golda Meir School, Messmer High School and Lincoln Center for the Arts Middle School. This Little Light runs from 2/25-3/7 at Next Act in the Off-Broadway Theatre. Tickets $20. For more information and showtimes, visit Next Act or call 414-278-0765.