International Opera Singer and Producer Drops Single

Reported on Friday, May 31, 2024.

Pictured Above: Internationally acclaimed Opera Singer and Producer, Raehann Bryce-Davis.  Photo Credit: Matthew Karas.

Raehann Bryce-Davis drops “I Praise the Dance,” the first single from her forthcoming debut album, EVOLUTION



Philadelphia, PA – Internationally acclaimed Opera Singer and Producer  Raehann Bryce-Davis has dropped the first single for her forthcoming genre-bending, self-produced debut album, titled “Evolution”

Hailed by the New York Observer as “one of the best mezzo-sopranos of this generation,” and by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “electrifying sense of fearlessness,” Raehann says her debut album entitled “Evolution” delineates her own evolution as an artist and tests the limits of how the operatic voice can adapt and evolve in different climates, fusing her operatic vocals with Afrobeats, pop, Latin Beats, musical theatre, Dancehall, and more. In a time when many opera companies face extinction, the album explores how evolution can create a thriving, opera-sized species for a new age. The full album is scheduled to drop on Friday, Aug. 9, 2024, between her performances of Amneris in Verdi’s Aida at Oper im Steinbruch (July 10-Aug. 25) and Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore at Houston Grand Opera (Oct. 18-Nov. 3).

The first single, “I Praise the Dance,” is composed by Rene Orth, whose 2023 world premiere opera 10 Days in a Madhouse was a high point of Raehann’s past year. On the heels of the successful premiere, which was voted #1 by the Washington Post for “Best in Classical Music in 2023,” Raehann asked Rene to use the electronics she utilized in her opera to create something more modern and immediate. Orth’s joyful dance anthem, with layers of ad libs by Raehann, has production by hip hop/rap artist Ocean Kelly, whose music has been featured on HBO’s We’re Here as well as RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The music video for “I Praise the Dance” was executive produced, directed, cast, and has a screenplay by Raehann. In her directorial debut, the short video highlights the journey of a young person (actor Cristina Pitter) through a maze of depression, represented by contemporary dancer Zachary Downer, until the Spirit of the Dance (RBD herself) encourages her to find joy, represented by contemporary dancer, Rachel Harris. The Director of Photography is Adam Weinberg, and the story was made in conjunction with LA filmmaker Andrew Mangialino, who brought it all to life through whimsical and colorful editing.

Pictured Above: Raehann Bryce-Davis. Photo Credit: Matthew Karas.

“Evolution” is fiscally sponsored by the Living Heritage Foundation and primarily funded through crowdsourcing. Raehann calls the album an autobiography, both musically and thematically, connecting her operatic voice with a diverse cast of collaborators and genres. The next singles will include “The Beauty in my Blackness,” a self-love anthem by Maria Thompson Corley with a music video by Suede Lacy, and “Unspoken,” composed by Jake Landau with poetry by Leslie Andrea Williams, based on poetry from conversations with Raehann’s father, Errol. The Afrobeats track is produced by South African, OB tha Producer, and features Karl Wine, a recording artist from French Guiana (Fuego, Baila). A Latin Beats track is produced by and features recording artist EJ Galvez and a Dancehall track features Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artist D.A.Jay with beats by OB tha Producer. Other tracks are genre-bending explorations by classical composers B.E. Boykin, Peter Ashbourne, Jacqueline Hairston, and more. The album features pianist Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, who has been hailed as a “pianistic poet;” the Ivalas String Quartet, dedicated to the celebration of BIPOC voices and presently the graduate resident string quartet at The Juilliard School; Juilliard graduates, cellist Thapelo Masita, and Reuben Kebede; and Manhattan School of Music composer/percussionis, Christian X. M. McGhee.

Pictured Above: Raehann Bryce-Davis. Photo Credit: Matthew Karas.

The album comes on the heels of a successful 2023-2024 season in which Raehann debuted at Santa Fe Opera as Ježibaba in Rusalka in a new production directed by Sir David Pountney and conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya, and at Opera Philadelphia as Lizzie in the world premiere of 10 Days in a Madhouse by Rene Orth and Hannah Moscovitch. She also returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Ella in X: The Life and Times of Malcom X in a new production by Robert O’Hara, and Dutch National Opera to sing La Zia Principessa in Il Trittico, a new Barrie Kosky production conducted by Lorenzo Viotti, and at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Amneris in Verdi’s Aida with Marco Armiliato conducting.

In concert engagements, she made her Australian debut singing Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaime Martín and performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Luxembourg Philharmonie. In the previous two seasons, she made prestigious house debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Dutch National Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the BBC Proms.

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