Notable black figures in the world of opera during the 18th and 19th centuries

The field of opera libretto writing has been traditionally dominated by white, male composers. However, there were some notable black figures in the world of opera and born in the 18th and 19th centuries who made significant contributions in the field of performance and composition. William Henry Brown (1815-1884) was an African American actor, singer,… Read More

Thoughts on Ukraine

What scene is this?—is this indeed humanity—these butchers’ shambles? There they lie, in the largest, in an open space in the woods, from 200 to 300 poor fellows—the groans and screams—the odor of blood, mixed with the fresh scent of the night, the grass, the trees—that slaughter-house! – from Specimen Days by Walt Whitman (1819–1892)  … Read More

One day birthday sale March 12

It’s our 15th anniversary and we’re having a one day sale on new and renewal six month, 1 year, and 1 year studio teacher subscriptions. This Saturday, use code IPABDAY when you purchase a new or renewal subscription and check out at for 15% off your purchase! This sale applies to new and renewal… Read More