aportia chryptych

a black opera for portia white

aportia: she contributed

chryptych: something mysterious 

Aportia Chryptych: A Black Opera for Portia White is a new interdisciplinary operatic work led by multidisciplinary artist Howard J. Davis, Neema Bickersteth and Sean Mayes.
Utilizing theatrical devices in acting, dance, singing and film this show tells the story of Portia White, a Canadian operatic contralto who premiered at the age of 30 in Toronto on Nov. 7, 1941 and became the first Canadian Black concert singer to win international acclaim in the early 20th century

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


to date this piece has been supported through the generous support of


and through the theatre creators reserve fund recommenders

Obsidian Theatre
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supported by the National Ballet's of Canada's Open Space Residency Program and the Caravan Farm Theatre National Playwrights Retreat

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dramaturgical support from

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additional support from

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Portia White [Image used courtesy of the estate of Bill and Vivian White Yousuf Karsh / Library and Archives Canada / pa-192783

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