Roland Hayes and “The Music of Black Americans”

Roland Hayes, Tenor (Photo: Carl Van Vechten)

Roland Hayes, Tenor
(Photo: Carl Van Vechten)



Having witnessed the  Cleveland Play House performance of “Breath and Imagination” on March 9, 2014, I  can honestly say that the life story of legendary tenor Roland Hayes continues to inspire great performances by singers, actors, and instrumentalists alike.  I celebrate the creative genius of playwright Daniel Beaty, and I applaud the efforts of the Cleveland Play House,  as it continues to stage amazing works in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.


For more information about the true story that inspired the play, please see Eileen Southern’s The Music of Black Americansa book that has earned a permanent place in my personal library.


Dr. Regennia N. Williams

Pictured here are (left to right) Cleveland-based tenor Dwight Fleming and cast members Tom Frey, Daphne Gaines, native Clevelander Elijah Rock (aka Eric Myricks).

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