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Opera Storybook Time

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Join Dr. Christine Jobson for a dramatic reading of her children’s book Lily’s First Trip to the Opera followed by a reading of Pam Muñoz Ryan's When Marian Sang read by Jillian Pirtle, CEO of the Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society.

The Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society will display items of Marian’s – letters, dresses, and sheet music – to bring the story of the Philadelphia luminary to life. The event will conclude with participants having an opportunity to purchase a copy of Lily’s First Trip to the Opera to be autographed by the author!  

Thank you to our generous partners at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, The International Florence Price Festival, and The Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society.

Free and open to the public.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Sat, Sep 9 11:00 a.m.

Approximately one hour

Dr. Christine Jobson

Dr. Christine Jobson, Jamaican-American soprano, has performed in Spain, Portugal, Austria, Russia, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and throughout the United States. For two seasons starting in 2019, Christine was a featured soloist at the Metropolitan Opera for their Grammy award-winning production of Porgy and Bess. Recently, she covered Evenlyn in the Metropolitan Opera’s Grammy award-winning production of Fire Shut Up in My Bones. She made her Russian debut at the Music Hall Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite. Operatic roles include the title role in Massenet’s CendrillonMusetta in La Bohème, Celie in Signor Deluso, and Annie and Bess in Porgy and Bess. In May 2019, Christine won first place in the pre-professional category of the prestigious George Shirley Vocal Competition.  

Dr. Jobson remains an advocate for the preservation and dissemination of vocal music by African American composers, including Negro spirituals, anthems, art song, gospel, and hymns. This passion inspired Dr. Jobson’s recordings: By Faith, a collection of hymns and Negro spirituals with Dr. Wayne Bucknor and Nearly Lost: Art Songs by Florence Price with Dr. Gregory Thomspon which was recently named one of Opera Wire's “10 Essential & Historic Opera Recordings of Music by Black Composers.” Dr. Jobson’s composition I Dream a World, was featured in a production by English National Opera in 2020. 

Dr. Jobson is a musical entrepreneur who has launched a variety of endeavors including the release of her first children's book, Lily’s First Trip to the Opera, which is available on Amazon. For more information about her virtual school, The Jobson Academy of Music, please visit www.christinejobson.com. 


Social Media:  

@christinejobson on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok 


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