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Opera Singer Lenora Lafayette (1988)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-02-28

Duration: 00:12:44

Subjects: Opera | Music | African Americans | Lafayette, Lenora


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Weaver, George Interviewee
  • Davis, Elma Interviewee
  • Green, Dorothy Interviewee


This segment from the February 28, 1988, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s profile of the late Lenora Lafayette, an opera singer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lafayette was the first African American to perform at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London, England in 1953. She died in 1975 at age 48 following a battle with cancer. Masingale interviews: George Weaver, her friend; Elma Davis, her aunt; and Dorothy Green, her sister.