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 work led by multidisciplinary artist Howard J. Davis.


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.


the piece is currently being created and developed through the generous support of 


and through the theatre creators reserve fund recommenders

volcano theatre
suitcase in point

additional space provided by 

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

additional support from

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