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Feature February 2023

Special Blend

The Factotum, a new work inspired by Il Barbiere di Siviglia, bows this month at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

By Naomi André

Factotum Mural
Factotum mural in Chicago by artist Barrett Keithley

© Todd Rosenberg


Naomi André , the David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is a professor emerita at the University of Michigan, a National Humanities Center Fellow and the author of the award-winning Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement.