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Feature February 2023

Truth & Power

In the 1950s, baritone William Warfield created a career against impossible odds.

By Rosalyn Story

Warfield at work on Columbia’s 1962 studio recording of Show Boat

Don Hunstein/Sony Music Archive


Rosalyn Story , Fort Worth Symphony violinist and adjunct professor of Black Music History at Southern Methodist University, is the author of Sing Her Name, the novel based on 19th-century Black soprano Sissieretta Jones.